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Gracious Holiday Gathering

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Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Crostini
Better-Than-Ever Pecan Pie
Roasted, Seasoned Turkey Breast

(Family Features) - In the soft glow of candlelight, your holiday table - set with crisp linens and your best china and crystal - promises a memorable meal. The fresh scent of evergreens blends with wonderful aromas emanating from your kitchen.

Celebrate the wonder of the season with foods that warm the soul. Make holiday dinners even more festive by including family and friends in some of the preparation. Give everyone a job, from baking cookies to setting the table, stirring a sauce to whipping the cream. Make the best use of your appliances, too, from the hand mixer to the food processor or even a second oven so you can enjoy the company of family and friends, too. The best holiday present, after all, is the precious gift of time.

Fabulous, Festive ... and Fast!

With a second countertop infrared oven you can quickly cook side dishes, bake homemade rolls or favorite desserts, roast a tenderloin or even broil a fabulous appetizer to wow family and friends.

  • What is infrared cooking technology? This new technology uses light waves to cook food. An infrared oven can produce light-textured, golden, browned and sizzling food the way a conventional oven can - without making food soggy, mushy or dry.

  • What is different about how infrared light cooks? An infrared oven like the Black & Decker InfraWave Speed Oven will allow you to cook, bake, broil, sear and roast up to 50 percent faster than a conventional oven. You also save time by not having to preheat or thaw before cooking.

  • What type of cookware do I use in an infrared oven? You use ovenproof ceramic, metal and glass - without lids.

For more information about infrared ovens and timesaving holiday recipes, visit www.blackanddeckerappliances.com.

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Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Crostini

A wonderful appetizer or first course raises the standard for the rest of your holiday meal.
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  • 12 slices French bread, cut 3/4 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Basil leaves, for garnish
  • Sun-dried tomatoes, for garnish

    1. Lightly brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Place on baking sheet and broil 8 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven.
    2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, blend goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped basil, salt and pepper until smooth and uniformly combined. (The mixture will become pink.) Spread goat cheese mixture evenly over crostini. Broil 7 minutes or until bubbly.
    3. Remove to serving tray. Garnish with basil leaves and additional sun-dried tomatoes.
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Makes 6 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Timesaving Tip: Make this gourmet recipe in the Black & Decker InfraWave Oven and save 10 minutes.
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Better-Than-Ever Pecan Pie

Whether served warm or cold, this is one dessert that your guests will want seconds of - especially when topped with French vanilla ice cream!
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  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pastry pie shell in clear glass pie plate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups lightly toasted halves or coarsely chopped pecans
  • Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

    1. Line pastry-filled pie plate with foil and add pie weights, uncooked rice or dry beans, to hold down crust. Place in 375°F oven to pre-bake 5 minutes.
    2. Remove pastry-lined pie plate to cooling rack. Meanwhile, in large bowl, using wire whisk, combine eggs, sugars and corn syrup. Add butter, vanilla and salt; blend well. Stir in pecans. Pour into partially baked pie crust. Place filled pie in oven and bake until filling is set, about 50 minutes. Pie is done when edges of filling are firm and center slightly quivery.
    3. Remove to cooling rack and cool at least 1 1/2 hours. Serve warm or at room temperature. Add sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for the perfect holiday indulgence.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Timesaving Tip: Make this luscious pie in the Black & Decker InfraWave Oven and save 27 minutes.

Roasted, Seasoned Turkey Breast

Perfect for small gatherings or as a second entrée, this delicious and easy to prepare recipe is sure to please.
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  • 1/2 teaspoon herb chicken seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary garlic seasoning blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon rotisserie chicken seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3-pound boneless turkey breast, skin on

    1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In small bowl, combine all ingredients except turkey; blend well. Rub seasoning evenly over both sides of turkey breast. Place turkey breast, skin side up, on ungreased pan. Roast 90 minutes or to internal temperature of 180°F. Remove from oven. Tent loosely with foil and let stand at least 10 minutes before serving. If desired, serve with winter vegetables and cranberry sauce.
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Makes 8 to 10 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Timesaving Tip: Make this showstopping entree in the Black & Decker InfraWave Oven and save 15 minutes.

SOURCE: Black & Decker

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