Easy Christmas dinner of ham steak, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts with pomegranates, and spice pudding cake. Only takes one hour and under $50!
Christmas is less than a week away, and while I hope we are all in good spirits, some of you might be worrying about what you are going to cook for your family or friends next week. I love hosting and cooking for people more than just about anything, but I’m also fully aware that it can get expensive really quick! I’m sure we’d all love to have prime rib, but some people can’t/don’t want to spend that much money. And that’s okay. Whether you’re a poor college student trying to have a fun dinner with your friends (been there), barely scraping by (been there), or you just don’t feel like spending a lot of money during what tends to be an expensive time of year (been there).
Let me tell you, you can still have a beautiful, easy Christmas dinner! If you have one hour and $50 you can make a delicious ham steak, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan and pomegranates, spice cake topped with ice cream, and have a decent bottle of wine. I even included tin foil in the budget. Because that’s just how considerate I am 😉
If you don’t believe me let’s break down this ingredient list…
Brussel Sprouts $ 2.98
Ham steak $ 4.25
Brown mustard $ 1.00
Grated Parmesan $ 3.18
Evaporated Milk $ 1.00
Pomegranates $ 1.98
Sour Cream $ 1.00
Butter $ 3.98
Brown Sugar $ 1.98
Gravy $ 1.78
Potatoes $ 3.68
Eggs $ 0.88
Spice Cake $ 2.13
Vanilla Ice cream $ 3.98
Milk bottle $ 1.00
Tin foil $ 3.48
Bottle of wine $ 9.00
With tax $ 49.93
For the record, I live in Kansas City and I bought all of these groceries at Walmart. This list is a mixture of Great Value and name brand. If you’re reading this in Hawaii, I’m sorry, you’re out of luck. The ONLY ingredients I’m assuming you have are salt and pepper. If you don’t I’m sure you can forego the Breyer’s ice cream for a cheap brand and still stay under budget. Great!
Now, can you really cook this easy Christmas dinner in under one hour? Yes. The first time I made this, it took me one hour and six minutes. Granted, I was hustlin’, but I did it! I set up this meal to cook as efficiently as possible, because I know some of you are super busy around the holidays. Here’s what you’ll need to pull it off: one pot with lid, one sheet pan, one cake pan, potato masher or hand mixers.
The mashed potatoes get peeled, diced, and boiled first because they take the longest. Brussel sprouts and ham steak cook on one sheet pan, set in tin foil to keep them separate. They only take 20 minutes to cook. The spice cake goes in with the ham and brussel sprouts on the bottom rack, but stays in for 30 minutes. While all that finishes up, your potatoes should be soft and ready for mashing.
It’s just a simple meal, but it’s important. It’s important to have dinner together. Especially during Christmas time. It’s important to sit down with friends and family, whether your having lobster and Dom Pérignon or ramen noodles and a two dollar bottle of red. Don’t let that stop you from sitting down at the dinner table with people you love! It’s a simple, easy Christmas dinner, but it tastes great and it’ll fill four plates. And when it comes down to it, I think that’s enough!
- MASHED POTATOES
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 3 tbsp milk
- 8 oz container sour cream
- 4 tbsp buttr
- tsp salt
- tsp pepper
- BRUSSEL SPROUTS
- 1 lb brussel sprouts
- 3 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp parmesan
- 1 pomegranate
- HAM STEAK
- 1½ lb ham steak
- 14 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp brown mustard
- 2 tbsp water
- SPICE PUDDING CAKE
- 1 box spice cake mix
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1//3 cup brown sugar
- 4 tbsp butter
- ¾ cup hot water
- Preheat oven to 400 and put a pot of water on the stove on high heat.
- Peel and dice potatoes to about 1½ inch thick cubes.
- Place the cubes in a pot of water and bring to a boil, turn the heat down to medium, and cover with lid.
- Prepare brussel sprouts by cutting off the stem and cutting into slices.
- Take two pieces of tin foil with the edges curled up and place on a baking dish.
- Place the sliced brussel sprouts in one piece of tin foil and top with cubes of butter, parmesan, salt, and pepper.
- Place the ham steak on the other piece of tin foil.
- Combine the brown sugar, mustard, and water and pour over the ham
- Prepare the spice pudding cake by mixing together cake mix, evaporated milk, eggs, and 1 cup water.
- Pour in a greased cake pan.
- Mix together brown sugar, butter, and ¾ cup hot water and pour over the top of the cake mix, then cover with foil.
- Place the baking dish with the ham and the brussel sprouts on the middle rack, and the cake on the bottom rack.
- Bake the ham and brussel sprouts for 20 minutes and the cake for 35.
- When the potatoes are fork tender, drain them and pour in a mixing bowl.
- Add milk and mash until all the clumps are out.
- Add salt, pepper, sour cream, and butter and mix together.
- When the brussel sprouts are done top them with pomegranate airils.
- Remove the cake from the oven and top with ice cream.
- Adjust dishes with more/less salt, pepper, and butter if necessary!