Students Vote Favorite Christmas Food

Fried turkey. Photo and recipe courtesy of Food Network
Fried turkey. Photo and recipe courtesy of Food Network

Thanksgiving is not the only holiday associated with tremendous amount of food and special occasion dishes. For some the seasonal dishes that appear around Christmas are just as enticing.

Students were asked about their favorite foods for the Christmas season from favorite to least favorite. In the end, five dishes stood out: sweet potatoes, fried turkey, Christmas cookies, stuffing and mashed potatoes.

When ranked in order of from top to bottom, the list looked like this:

1. Fried Turkey, 2. Mashed Potatoes, 3. Christmas Cookies, 4. Sweet Potatoes, 5. Stuffing.

By Karen Romero

Fried Turkey Recipe


Wash bird inside and out, and allow to drain. Rub turkey all over with House Seasoning. Coat turkey with dry rub. Allow the bird to sit until it reaches room temperature.

Heat peanut oil in a turkey fryer or a very, very large stockpot to 350 degrees F. Lower turkey into hot oil, very carefully, making sure it is fully submerged. Fry turkey for 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes per bird. Remove turkey from oil and drain on paper towels.

House Seasoning:

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


1 (10-pound) turkey

2 tablespoons House seasoning, recipe follows

2 tablespoons of your favorite dry rub

3 to 5 gallons peanut oil

1 cup salt

1/4 cup black pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder