As you’re thinking about what to serve to family this holiday season, it’s a perfect time to give some thought to how and where you’ll be sourcing your ingredients. Ohio’s small farmers and local food businesses offer up unique and delicious products, and you can support them and your local economy by replacing a few of your holiday recipe ingredients with those made and grown locally.

ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda is dishing up some of her favorite Christmas morning recipes using Ohio Proud products. Many of these ingredients can be picked up at your nearby farmers market, local grocery store, or straight from the source!

Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls

You will need:
Nonstick cooking spray
Two cans of cinnamon rolls (12oz)
4 eggs
½ cup milk
3 TBSP. maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions: Open the rolls and set aside the icing for later. Cut each roll into quarters. Spray crockpot with nonstick spray and place on half of the rolls in the bottom of the crockpot. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour mixture over rolls in the crockpot. Place remaining rolls on top. Drizzle one icing packet over the cinnamon rolls. Place lid on crockpot and cook on low for 2 to 2 ½ hours. Remove lid and drizzle last icing packet over the rolls. Serve immediately.

Ohio Proud Ingredients
Cinnamon Rolls: Kroger Brand, Cincinnati
Maple Syrup: Greenfield Farms, Wooster
Eggs: Warner Eggs, Johnstown
Milk: Snowville Creamery, Pomeroy
Cinnamon: Kroger Brand
Vanilla: Kroger Brand

Christmas Morning Egg Casserole

You will need:
Cooking spray
2 cups of diced ham
¼ cup diced green pepper
¼ cup diced red pepper
2TBSP. butter as needed
7 slices bread, crust removed
½ pound of American cheese, cubed
3 cups milk
6 eggs, beaten
¾ tsp. dry mustard
¾ tsp. salt

Spray 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread ham into bottom of dish. Butter one side of each bread slice; cut slices into cubes. Arrange buttered bread cubes atop ham; layer red and green pepper pieces. Next, layer American cheese over cubes. Whisk milk, eggs, mustard powder, and salt together in a bowl; pour mixture over casserole. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove foil and bake until eggs are set in the middle, about one hour.

Ohio Proud Ingredients
Eggs: Warner Eggs, Johnstown
American Cheese: Kroger, Cincinnati
Peppers: Westerville Farmer’s Market, Westerville
Ham: Sugardale, Canton
Bread: Schwebel Baking Co., Bakeries in Youngstown, Solon and Hebron
Milk: Snowville Creamery, Pomeroy

Fruit Salad

Apples: Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala
Pears, Oranges, Pomegranates: purchased at Kroger, an Ohio Proud partner and affiliate


Sparkling Grape Juice: Meier’s Wine Cellars, Cincinnati

Gift Basket

Get inspired by hometown holiday spirit and create a gift basket of your own with just a trip to your favorite grocery store or winter farmer’s market. Ohio has so much to offer including Flavorful wine, artisanal cheese, delectable chocolates and fragrant fresh ground coffee, all found in the aisles of your local supermarket.

Reime Spumante: Meier’s Wine Cellars, Cincinnati
Hot Sauce: Double Comfort Foods, Columbus
Buckeyes Candies: Marsha’s Buckeyes, Perrysburg
Vinaigrette Salad Dressing: Garlic Expressions, Perrysburg
Garlic Powder: BJ Gourmet Garlic Farm, Mogadore
Jelly/Jam: Cooper’s Mill Apple Butter & Jelly Factory, Bucyrus
Heirloom Popcorn: Shagbark Seed & Mill, Athens
Coffee Blend: Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters Ltd., Canton
Coffee Blend: Silver Bridge Coffee Company, Gallipolis
Tea Bags: Storehouse Tea Company LLC, Chagrin Falls
Maple Bacon Onion Jam: Vino de Milo, Athens
Buckeye Blitz Popcorn: Homegrown, Cleveland
Honey: Walnut Creek Pure Ohio Honey, Walnut Creek
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix: Ella Bella Homemade, Dayton
Marinara Sauce: Zappia, Dayton
Mustard: The Mustard Man, Canton