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Dinner and a Movie: Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Dinner and a Movie-Disney's A Christmas Carol include recipes for Slow-Cooker Roast Beef with Sweet Potatoes and Christmas Pudding with Butter Brandy for a fun family night this holiday seasonYou already know what a huge Dickens fan I am.  I’ve never read one of his books that I didn’t absolutely love.  Of course, A Christmas Carol is the story most of us are introduced to first (because there are so many movies based on it) and I’m no different in that respect.  So it remains one of my favorite stories ever, even though I didn’t actually read it until years after I first saw it on film.

Disney’s version is awesome in that it is the one film version that captures Dickens’ sense of humor.  With Jim Carrey playing Scrooge, you’re gonna get some sense of humor.  So this holiday season, you should totally watch it with your kids and make a delicious meal to go with it.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Jim Carrey isn’t the only huge star to grace this brilliant animated film.  The awesome Gary Oldman plays Bob Cratchit, Colin Firth plays Scrooge’s nephew, Fred (and I was super proud when my youngest spotted his voice), and Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins, and Robin Wright lend their voices to the fray.  This version is more kid-friendly than most, but it has its spooky parts.  Of course, it all comes out right in the end, because that’s what the story is about, isn’t it?

Dinner

Slow-Cooker Roast Beef with Sweet Potatoes recipe to go along with Disney's A Christmas Carol makes for a fun and delicious family night this holiday season

When Marley first appears, Scrooge accuses him of being a bad piece of beef or potato.  So what better meal to have than roast beef and potatoes?  Not just any old potatoes, though.  Ever had it with sweet potatoes?  Yum!

Slow Cooker Roast Beef with Sweet Potatoes

What you need:

  • 1 3-5 lb beef roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 lb carrots, diced
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 12 oz frozen green beans
  • 1/2 head cabbage, diced

What you do:

  • Add beef broth, bay leaves, onion, celery, and garlic to slow cooker
  • Place roast in broth
  • Surround roast with diced sweet potatoes
  • Place carrots atop sweet potatoes
  • Sprinkle all herbs and spices over roast and vegetables
  • Cook on low 4 hours
  • Add mushrooms, green beans, and cabbage
  • Cook on low for another 2 hours
  • Remove roast to a platter and slice into medium pieces
  • Surround with cooked vegetables

I  mean, you can’t get any easier than that.  And the sweet potatoes add an element that will make you swoon.

Dessert

Christmas Pusdding with Brandy Butter  recipe to go along with Disney's A Christmas Carol makes for a fun and delicious family night this holiday season

Well, I hope you don’t get boiled in your own pudding as Scrooge suggests, but this Christmas Pudding is perfect because it’s totally British (which shouldn’t scare those of us who are stateside At All), and pudding is mentioned oh, about a million times in this film.

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

What you need:

  • 1 lb mixed dried fruit
  • 1 small apple. peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated orange rind
  • Juice from one orange
  • 3 Tbsp brandy
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/8 tsp each: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves
  • 1/4 cup white bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • Pudding pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Aluminum foil

For the brandy butter:

  • 7 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp brandy

What you do:

  • Mix the dried fruit and the apple in a bowl with the orange juice and brandy
  • Set aside to marinate for at least an hour
  • In a mixer, cream butter, sugar, and orange rind until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs 1 a time, adding a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour and spices together
  • Fold flour mixture into butter mixture
  • Fold in breadcrumbs and almonds
  • Add the soaked fruit, along with the liquid, and stir well
  • Generously butter the pudding pan
  • Pour batter into pudding pan and press down with a wooden spoon
  • Cover pan with parchment paper (pleated to allow for expansion)
  • Cover parchment paper with foil (again, pleat it)
  • Put the pan in the top of a steamer filled with simmering water
  • Cover with a lid and allow to steam for 8 hours, checking occasionally to make sure the water hasn’t boiled away
  • Add more water to steamer as necessary

For the brandy butter:

  • In a mixer, cream the butter
  • Add the sugar and cream until smooth
  • Add the brandy, stirring to mix well
  • Drizzle over hot pudding and serve

Yeah, it’s time-consuming, but not as hard as you thought, right?

I hope you’re as into this Christmas season as I am.  It doesn’t happen every year, but this year I’m very excited about all the things.  Most of my shopping is done and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone I love reacts to their gifts.

Remember, as you’re out shopping and taking care of stuff, that everyone around you is having a day, too.  Be kind.  Be courteous. Smile.  Keep the spirit. Just like Scrooge would.

Love wins,

KT

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
KT Brison
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About KT Brison

KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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