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Big Daddy's Holiday Dinner Recipes

By Aaron McCargo, Jr.
Host, Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House

See Aaron McCargo's recipes from today's show:

Hoisin-Glazed Cornish Hen

2 in 1 Gravy and Sausage & Stuffed Stuffing

Collard Greens

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Mini Sweet Potatoe Pies

Garlic Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Hoisin-Glazed Cornish Hen

Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 24 min, Serves: 2 servings

1 (1 1/2-pound) Cornish hens
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 cup hoisin
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup scallions, sliced


Stuffing Balls w/ 2 in 1 Gravy

Prep Time: 20 min, Cook Time: 30 min, Serves: about 10 servings

8-ounce pack spicy sausage (recommended: Bob Evan)
2 cups canola oil, plus 1/4 cup
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups chicken stock


Heat a large skillet over medium heat and drop dime-sized dollops of sausage into the pan. Cook until golden brown, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the pan to a plate and set aside.

After removing sausage add a 1/4 cup of canola oil to the pan and stir in 1/2 cup of flour. Stir to create a roux, and cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Slowly add the chicken stock, stirring while you pour and let simmer, stirring frequently, until it thickens, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.

In a separate saucepan heat 2 cups of canola oil on medium-high heat until it reaches.

In a large bowl combine the stuffing, parsley, thyme, and scallions and mix together. Take quarter-sized or 1 tablespoon of stuffing mix and wrap it around the individual sausage balls. Cover the sausage completely and set aside.

Once all of the sausage balls have been coated in stuffing, dredge them in the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. When all the balls are lightly coated in flour, carefully drop them into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove them from the oil, to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Once all of the balls have been fried and drained turn off the heat to the gravy and add the fried sausage stuffing balls. Stir gently to coat the balls with the gravy and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Collard Greens

Wash collard greens thoroughly. In a medium stock pot, place collards in hot water for 3 minutes, remove and drain.

In a large saute pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter, then add onions and crushed red pepper, saute. Then add collards and chicken stock to saute pan. Cook on high heat, stirring occasionally for 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 min, Inactive Prep Time:20 min, Cook Time:15 min



In medium sauce pan combine cranberry juice, cranberries, cinnamon and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes. Add apples and cook for another 5 minutes or until dried cranberries have softened and apples are tender, making sure to stir occasionally.

Remove 8 ounces of the liquid and whisk cornstarch into removed liquid Slowly add cornstarch-juice mixture (slurry) to cranberry mix stirring constantly. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, chill until thickened, about 30 minutes remove cinnamon sticks and serve.

Serving Yield: 12

Sweet Potato Mini Pie



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the pre-made mini shells inside a greased 24-count mini muffin pan.

In a large bowl add the yams, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar and caramel sauce. Beat with a hand-held electric mixer until well combined. Dollop 2 to 3 tablespoons of the pie mixture into each shell. Bake until the custard sets, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

For the Whipped Cinnamon Cream Cheese:

Add the cream cheese, cream, sugar and cinnamon to a large bowl. Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the cream cheese mixture until you reach a frosting consistency. Transfer the mixture to a disposable pastry bag with a star tip. Pipe a small amount of whipped cream cheese on each mini sweet potato pie. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.

Garlic-Cheese Mashed Potatoes



Boil potatoes off in a large pot of salted water until tender. Drain the water and place potatoes back in pan.

In a large saucepan, heat heavy cream, butter and garlic to a light simmer. Once cream starts to simmer, turn off the heat and add to the potatoes. Mash together. Fold in cheese, peppercorns and salt, to taste. Garnish with chopped chives.

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