8 Holiday Recipes From The Sooner State. Which One Will You Be Making First?

Dec 05, 2017 by apost team

What should you cook this holiday season? If you're tired of the same old holiday food, check out these vintage recipes courtesy of OU's own Western History Collection, from sweet pastries to salty treats! 

1. Hot Water Gingerbread

Mix all ingredients together except baking soda and water. Dissolve soda in water and pour over other mixture. Bake in moderate oven about 30 minutes.

Gingerbread is a classic holiday treat, which is why it's been around for generations and stood the test of time!


2. Almond Buns

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. In a separate bowl, add butter and sugar to scalded milk and let cool. When cool, add flour, beating continually. Add eggs, unbeaten, one at a time and beating thoroughly after each addition. Let stand until double the size. Beat once more and drop into muffin tins. Cover with chopped almonds. Cover and let rise until light – about half an hour. Bake 15-20 minutes.

Almond buns are low-risk, high-reward, a perfect blend of sweet and savory that almost anyone will enjoy.

3. Snow Pancakes

Beat egg, stir in milk, add flour, and beat smooth. Add apple and salt. Stir snow* into batter quickly. Drop batter by spoonful into hot shortening or cook on skillet until golden brown.

*Traditionally, these delicious pancakes were made using actual snow, which adds texture and moisture. But, unless you're heading somewhere much colder over the break, you can also use crushed ice or water.

4. Blue Cheese In Crust

Remove shells from package and thaw, then stack half the shells. Roll them into one large rectangle, roughly 12" x 5" in size. Trim edges to make even and save trimmings. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Brush edges with the egg and place cheese on pastry, leaving a 1-inch border free of cheese on all sides.
Stack and roll the other half of pastry shells, placing on top of the first part and pressing edges to seal them. Brush pastry with beaten egg. Use trimmings to form designs on top if desired.
Bake at 425 F for 30 minutes or until puffed and golden brown, then let stand for 15 minutes before serving!

If you've ever eaten a grilled cheese and thought "This is good, but I wish it was much bigger and baked in the oven," then this dish is for you. Great for cutting into small bites for a delicious appetizer (or for eating all at once, alone).

5. Quail

Soak cleaned quail in buttermilk overnight or for at least 2 hours. Shake in plastic bag with flour, salt, and pepper. In a large skillet, heat butter or olive oil, then brown the quail, making sure not to burn it. Place quail in baking dish, covered, and bake for about 25 minutes at 350 F.

If you're over turkey, mix it up and try a quail this year. These birds are incredibly common around the holiday season in Oklahoma, and they're also much smaller than turkey, in case you're trying not to stuff yourself.

6. Brie Soup

Set cheese out to ripen while you chop the vegetables. Sauté butter over medium heat, then add flour and cook until blonde roux. Add mushrooms and set aside. In another saucepan, bring beef broth to a boil and add mushroom mixture. Add garlic, shallots, leek, then heavy cream to desired thickness. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and thyme. Serve over a wedge of soft Brie.

Don't be discouraged by the long grocery list for this one, because once you've prepared the ingredients, it's simply a matter of adding them to a warm pot of broth. This delicious soup is nice and savory for the cold winter days.

7. Nuts And Bolts

Mix sauces, salts, and margarine. Pour over dry mixture and toss well in a bowl. Spread on a baking sheet and cook for at least 1 hour at 250 F, stirring at least twice.

Surprise your parents by bringing home this salty, spicy mix to keep hungry guests content as they wait for the main course. It's easy to make and can be kept for a good while in a bowl or the fridge!

8. Mincemeat Pies

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute then let cool. Place in an unbaked pie crust and bake at 400 F for 20-30 minutes.

Like the quail, this is an entree that mixes things up during the holiday season. What was once an old favorite is rarely cooked now, so try it out and impress your entire extended family!

If you enjoyed these recipes, let us know in the comments which are your favorites! Don't forget to SHARE with friends so you can cook together!