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There are many things in life I take pride in, my kids, my husband, my career and well then there is my ability to fake bake. What is fake baking you ask? Where you buy good food that someone else cooks and make it look like you did it. I have NO shame in my game, I earned the money honey so I made it, kind of.
Christmas can be such a stressful time of year, if you let it. Don’t let the stress wear you out, simplify and with this trick – you’ll end up with a delicious Christmas dinner for around the same amount of money you would spend at the store, but you will save yourself hours of prep time and grocery shopping.
Let’s look at how to fake bake a great Christmas meal. At Christmas, our favorite is HoneyBaked Ham. The Christmas ham is a tradition and so is picking up a HoneyBaked ham. As much as I love their ham, HoneyBaked offers way more than just meat – they offer a plethora of options for sides, as well as dessert.
Here is a sneak peek of our Christmas meal fake baked! I bought my meal at the Plano, TX HoneyBaked Ham store (1501 Preston Rd. Plano, X 75093). Find a store near you. I was in and out in 10 minutes. The grocery store would of taken me at least an hour!
Just place your Christmas ham on a pretty platter. I accented with garland. HoneyBaked Hams are hand-selected for leanness, smoked for up to 24 hours, then spiral-sliced to the bone so each tender, juicy slice is easy to serve. No need to slave over the stove and stress out about Christmas!
Make sure to buy a bigger ham that you think you will need. We love making sandwiches and quiche out of leftover ham!
Macaroni and cheese not only looks great, it tastes amazing! I just cooked, placed in a pretty dish and sprinkled a little bit of shredded cheese to complete the “look what I made” kind of look.
The mashed potatoes were another easy make. I just cooked in the oven, again with the pretty dish and topped with a few slices of real butter. It doesn’t need the real butter, but to make it feel like I washed, skinned, boiled and smashed the potatoes – it completest the homemade (not really) look.
The perfect Christmas meal! I was able to stick both of the sides in the oven at the same time and both were cooked in 25 minutes.
This kid is obsessed with this ham!
For dessert we had the Banana Foster Bread Pudding. I scooped a dollop of whip cream to give it that “homemade” look (you know, a key factor in fake baking.)
Keep it simple and avoid Christmas stress. Enjoy your holiday season and fake baking!