The holidays are an expensive time of year with all the gift buying, entertaining and hosting of family for extended periods of time, but there is no need to break the bank to have a fabulous Christmas meal. I’ve put together a sample menu for a Christmas dinner under $50 for 10 people with mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, fresh green beans, rolls with butter and dessert. See below for the details:
Cook’s Ham Shank, Bone-in – $.98/lb. at Safeway. For ten people I would buy a 10 pound ham, so the total for a 10 lb. ham would be around $9.98
10 lb. bag of Potatoes – $.99 10 pound is perfect for 10 people to make mashed potatoes. You will also need milk, butter, salt & pepper. Land O Lakes Butter is on sale for $1.99 for 1 lb. and Pantry essentials Milk is $1.99 per gallon.
Sweet potato casserole – I use this recipe every year and its amazing. Sweet potatoes are on sale for $.99/lb. I would buy 5 sweet potatoes. You will also need milk, brown sugar, eggs, and pecans for this recipe. This will be your most expensive part of the meal because of the pecans and vanilla extract. The eggs are on sale for $1.49 per dozen, 2 lbs of Safeway brown sugar is $1.00, pecans are $4.99 for 6 oz. and vanilla extract is around $3.99 for the Safeway 2 oz Pure Vanilla Extract.
Green Beans – buy 2.5 pounds of fresh green beans ($1.99/lb.), boil in hot water for about 5-6 minutes, then place in cool water bath. Garnish with salt, pepper, lemon zest, olive oil and lemon juice and toasted slivered almonds. I am assuming you have olive oil, salt and pepper in your pantry.
Dessert – pick up 2 Marie Callender’s Frozen Pies on sale for $3.99 each and get a free can of Reddi Whip Whipped cream when you buy 2 pies.
Simple, elegant, delicious and under $50! If you want to go with the spiral sliced ham, your total would be around $56.40 – well worth it in my opinion.
|$9.98||10 lb Ham Shank Portion|
|$0.99||10 lb bag of potatoes|
|$1.25||Safeway Brown N Serve Rolls|
|$4.98||green beans, 2.5 lbs.|
|$0.50||1 lemon for zest for green beans|
|$1.00||Safeway brown sugar|
|$7.98||2 Marie Callender’s Frozen Pies|
|$0.00||Free Reddi Whip when you buy 2 Marie Callender’s Pies|