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preppingforholidayparties

I am the person that does a lot of hosting around the holidays. I enjoy hosting so much that I’m the one offering to do it year after year. The reason I don’t mind doing it is that I have gotten my prepping down. I know how to prep for the holiday parties and it takes all the stress off me. Here are some tips I’d like to pass onto you.

Go for the disposable stuff

Listen, I know everyone is gung-ho about using “real China” for holiday parties but is it worth it? One of my saving graces with hosting is knowing that I can just chuck everything at the end of the day. The disposable stuff is worth using for one day. I go all out and use paper cups, plates, and silverware.

Staying organized is key

I don’t think you can host a holiday party without being organized. Staying organized is the key to being a good host. No one expects you to be perfect, but it is nice when you can stay organized. Organization comes down to communicating with your guests and starting your prep early, so you have plenty of time.

Make the decorations fun

While I’m one that loves to decorate for the holidays, you won’t see me spending hours doing this. I LOVE my home looking festive for the holidays, but it’s more fun to keep thing simple. I like getting my kids together to create holiday crafts. A lot of times, those crafts are the very decorations we use around the house for getting together.

Purchase Tyson products in bulk at Sam’s Club

That’s right, purchasing in bulk is the way to go! Especially when it comes to cooking your holiday means. I like to do one huge shopping trip and get it all out of the way. Tyson products freeze so nicely and it’s the perfect ingredients for so many dishes we enjoy around the holidays. You can save time and money by purchasing Tyson products in bulk at Sam’s Club.

I’ll be sharing two recipes using one bulk of Jimmy Dean 2lb. roll of Sausage. Below is two of my favorite recipes:  Breakfast Sausage Casserole that we enjoy every year at Christmas for breakfast and Sausage Balls for an appetizer on Christmas Eve. 

 breakfastcasserole
Ingredients:
  1. 1 – 1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage
  2. 8-10 eggs
  3. 6 slices of white bread
  4. 2 tsp. mustard powder
  5. 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  6. 2 c. milk
  7. 1 1/2 c. sharp shredded cheese

sausage casserole

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook sausage until fully cooked.
  3. Drain
  4. Dice bread slices into cubes
  5. Mix eggs, milk, mustard powder, 1/2 cheese, salt, and pepper.
  6. Grease a 13 x 9 baking dish
  7. Place the bread cubes on the bottom of the dish.
  8. Add sausage
  9. Add egg mixture
  10. Top with remaining cheese
  11. Bake for 45-50 minutes until middle is done.
  12. Serve immediately

breakfinal

If you like change your recipe up a little, add hashbrowns in your casserole. I have created a video featuring my Breakfast Casserole with hash browns plus the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 – 1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage
  2. 6-8 eggs
  3. 1- bag of frozen hashbrowns
  4. 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  5. 1 – medium onion, diced
  6. 2 c. milk
  7. 1 1/2 c. sharp shredded cheese
  8. chopped chives (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook sausage until fully cooked.
  3. Drain
  4. Grease a casserole dish with butter or olive oil.
  5. Mix eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour hashbrown in the bottom of the dish and spread evenly.
  7. Add a few onions.
  8. Add 1/2 the sausage.
  9. Add more hash browns covering evenly.
  10. Add the remaining sausage.
  11. Pour in egg mixture.
  12. Top with cheese.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes until middle is done.
  14. Add sour cream for additional flavor. (optional)
  15. Serve immediately.

Another fun recipe that I use with Jimmy Dean Sausage is Sausage Balls. Check out the quick recipe below.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 -1 lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage
  • 3 c. Bisquick Baking Mix
  • 4 c. Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Using your hand mix well.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and deep fry until golden brown.
  4. Serve immediately.

sausageballs

(I use an electric fry daddy to cook the sausage balls but you can also bake them on a baking sheet at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.)

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Check out even more delicious recipes using Jimmy Dean Sausage here.

Do you have a favorite sausage recipe you would like to share?

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