There are families who serve the same thing, year after year, on their holiday table. They know exactly what casserole goes in which dish, which salad will arrive via which relative, and what main course will emerge from the oven with just enough time to rest before dinner’s served.
We’ve never really been that kind of family. Sure, there are traditional dishes that show up often, but this year, when I sent out an email asking if anyone had any required dishes to show up at Thanksgiving, I was met with a resounding silence.
But two years in a row, I’ve served the cornbread and sausage stuffing recipe that Amanda of What We’re Eating posted just in time for Thanksgiving last year, and it may become a staple of my holiday table from here on out. Studded with delicious pork garlic sausage made locally by my favorite butcher and crumbly with cornbread, it’s the perfect gravy-delivery mechanism.
Christmas is always even trickier than Thanksgiving, because while my family has a tradition of having a big Christmas dinner, the main course rotates from year to year, and the side dishes change based on who’s contributing and what everyone feels like. But it generally provides an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, like the year that Mom rocked a crown roast of pork so delectable that I still think about it. It’s the kind of dish I could never attempt as a single girl cooking for one, so it’s all that more fun to share a dish like that with family and friends around the holiday.
What are your favorite holiday pork recipes? In the comments, share either a full recipe or just a story about how you use pork in dishes on your holiday table. I will use random.org to select a comment number—that person will win a $50 gift card, just in time for last-minute holiday shopping!
But even better, for each comment you leave, the National Pork Board will provide five pounds of pork (up to 100 pounds) to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Even if you don’t live in my neighborhood, your comment and story can help provide food for hungry people, and that’s the best holiday gift I know.
Thanks to the National Pork Board for providing the food donations, the gift card and sponsoring this contest. Comments will be considered valid if they’re left before midnight PST on December 18. Make sure you include an email address with your comment so I can get in touch with you if you’re the winner. On the 19th, I’ll announce the winner!