Meal Ideas 30 September 2020

Holiday Centerpieces to Savor

(Family Features) Celebrate the season and create long-lasting memories this year by serving tasteful main courses centered around tender cuts of beef.

With hand-cut choices like a Bone-in Frenched Prime Rib Roast, Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons, a Beef Brisket Flat and Premium Ground Beef from Omaha Steaks, you can create elegant holiday centerpieces such as Steak Au Poivre or a unique generational recipe, the Simon Family Brisket. Each cut of beef is hand-carved by expert butchers, flash-frozen to capture freshness and flavor at its peak and delivered directly to your door.

For a truly mouthwatering meal, make Fred Simon’s Rib Roast Dubarry the focal point of the family table. As a favorite of Madame Dubarry, a prominent courtesan in French King Louis XVI’s court, this version adapted by Fred Simon, fourth-generation family owner of Omaha Steaks, involves a marinade that gives the roast a smooth, rich, velvety flavor worthy of a royal dinner.

Find more inspiration to create a memorable holiday meal at OmahaSteaks.com.

Steak Au Poivre

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 2          Omaha Steaks Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons (5-6 ounces each), thawed
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2          tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2          tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/3       cup brandy or cognac
  • 1          cup cream
  • 1          tablespoon Dijon mustard
  1. Season steak with salt and pepper. Press seasoning into meat to create even coating.
  2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon butter until just smoking. Add steak and sear 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Once cooked to desired doneness, transfer steak to cutting board and tent with foil to rest.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add brandy to skillet. Allow to cook down about 1 minute while stirring to scrape off any browned bits from bottom of pan. Once brandy reduces by half, add cream, Dijon mustard and remaining butter; continue cooking until mixture begins to reduce and thicken, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Slice steaks against grain and top with sauce.

Fred Simon’s Rib Roast Dubarry

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 5-12 hours marinating time
Cook time: 2 hours, 15 minutes-2 hours, 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes for sauce
Servings: 4-6

  • 3          cups red wine, divided
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 2          tablespoons coarse ground mustard
  • 1          bay leaf
  • 1          Omaha Steaks Bone-In Frenched Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds), thawed
  • 1          tablespoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1          tablespoon coarse ground pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 2          tablespoons canola oil
  • 1          onion, quartered
  • 4          carrots, quartered
  • 4          celery stalks, quartered
  • 1          head garlic, halved horizontally
  • 4          sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2          sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2          cups beef stock, divided
  • 3          tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. In 2-gallon resealable bag, mix 2 cups wine, olive oil, garlic, mustard and bay leaf. Add roast, seal and place in refrigerator to marinate at least 5 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Remove roast from marinade and pat dry. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  4. Preheat large skillet over high heat. Add canola oil. Place roast in skillet and sear until well browned on all sides. Set skillet aside, leaving juices and browned bits for making sauce.
  5. In roasting pan lined with foil, add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and rosemary. Place roast on top of aromatics bone-side down. Add 1 cup beef stock.
  6. Place in oven on center baking rack. Roast 2 hours, 15 minutes-2 hours, 30 minutes for rare or 2 hours, 30 minutes-2 hours, 45 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from oven. Place roast on cutting board. Tent with foil.
  7. Place any accumulated juices from roast in measuring cup. Add remaining beef stock to make 1 cup total. Pour into skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining wine and bring to boil, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half. Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Carve roast and serve with sauce.

Simon Family Brisket

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours, plus 20 minutes resting time
Servings: 4

  • 1          Omaha Steaks Beef Brisket Flat (2 pounds), thawed
  • 1          package (1.1 ounces) dry onion soup mix
  • 1          can (14 ounces) whole cranberries
  • 1          cup chili sauce
  • 1          cup ginger ale
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F. Place brisket in large ovenproof baking dish.
  2. In bowl, mix onion soup mix, cranberries and chili sauce. Spoon over top of brisket. Pour ginger ale around edges of brisket.
  3. Cover with foil and bake 4 hours.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest 20 minutes. Remove brisket from baking dish and place on cutting board. Slice brisket against grain and place in serving dish. Top with sauce and serve.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Dessert 31 January 2020

Sweet, Luscious Snacks for Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day eats and treats

(Family Features) Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.

Part of the charm of the day’s celebrations is in giving family and friends flavorful foods to enjoy from chocolates and candies to other sugary treats. However, the festivities don’t have to be completely focused on unhealthy bites in order to make someone feel special.

This year, it can be easy to share in the fun of Valentine’s Day by serving those you love with sweet, seasonal treats. For example, these Frosted Watermelon Cutouts make for ideal snacks for children and adults alike whether it’s an after-school treat or a sweet dessert with just three ingredients, heart-shaped cookie cutters and minimal time spent in the kitchen.

If you’re really looking to impress that special someone, this Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board calls for creativity and plenty of tasty morsels like berries, cashews, almonds and dark chocolate. Without any baking or cooking required, simply spread out the ingredients for a platter that’s just as visually appealing as it is appetizing.

Both recipes include the benefits of watermelon, which boasts plenty of vitamin C to boost the immune system’s defenses as a cholesterol-free, fat-free and sodium-free food. Plus, watermelon draws its red color from the powerful antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg per serving), which may help protect cells from damage, and the healthy treat is American Heart Association Heart-Check Certified with just 80 calories per serving, making it the perfect centerpiece for Valentine’s Day recipes.

Find more Valentine’s Day inspiration and recipes at watermelon.org.

Frosted Watermelon Cutouts

  • 1          seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-3/4-inch thick slices
  • 4          brownie bites
  • 1          cup frosting (any flavor)
  1. Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon slices or simply use cut watermelon wedges, if desired. Top heart shapes with brownie bites and add frosting as desired.

Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board

Servings: 6-8

  • 1/2       medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges and cubes
  • 1          cup fresh raspberries
  • 1          cup fresh red cherries
  • 1          cup strawberries, trimmed and halved
  • 1/4       cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3       cup roasted, salted cashews
  • 1          cup chocolate covered almonds
  • 1          bar dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 1          cup coconut chips
  • mint leaves, for garnish
  1. On serving board, arrange watermelon in center and surround with raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cashews, almonds, chocolate and coconut chips. Scatter mint leaves around board for garnish.

Source:  Watermelon Board

Videos 03 January 2020

Cranberry Orange Pork Loin

(Culinary.net) Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin is a classic dish that’s perfect for entertaining any type of group.

Find more recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Cranberry Orange Pork Loin

  • 1          tablespoon oil
  • 1          pork loin (4 pounds), tied at 1-inch intervals
  • 14        ounces cranberry sauce
  • 1          cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4       cup orange juice
  • 1/8       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3          strips orange zest
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. In skillet over medium heat, heat oil.
  2. Sear pork loin on all sides.
  3. In slow cooker, stir cranberry sauce, dried cranberries, orange juice, cinnamon and orange zest until combined. Set pork loin in middle of sauce mixture and drizzle sauce over meat.
  4. Cover and cook on low 4 hours, or until meat reaches 140-145 F.
  5. Transfer pork to cutting board. Remove twine.
  6. Strain cranberries from slow cooker; set aside. Pour strained liquid into skillet. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer 7-8 minutes.
  7. Spoon cranberries and sauce over pork loin.
Videos 06 November 2019

The Perfect Sauce to Pair with a Roast

(Family Features)Creating a crowd-pleasing holiday centerpiece starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat. This year, you can make a holiday roast to remember with an elegant cut from Omaha Steaks paired with this Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce to elicit rave reviews from guests. Find more recipes and tips to create a holiday dinner to remember at OmahaSteaks.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Holiday Roast with Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 cups

Roast:

  • butcher’s twine
  • 1          Omaha Steaks chateaubriand roast (2 pounds)
  • 2          tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons, canola oil, divided
  • Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Rub

Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce:

  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 2          medium red bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1          cup red wine
  • 1/4       cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3       cup white sugar
  • 2          teaspoons yellow mustard seeds
  • 6          tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 6          tablespoons dried currants
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  1. To make roast: Heat oven to 250° F.
  2. Using butcher’s twine, tie roast to maintain shape. Coat all sides with 2 tablespoons canola oil and season with rub.
  3. In medium skillet, heat remaining oil. Sear all sides of roast 2 minutes each.
  4. Place roast in roasting pan and bake 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  5. To make Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce: Heat medium skillet on medium-high heat.
  6. Add olive oil and diced red pepper; saute 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add red wine, red wine vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds, cranberries, currants and salt. Bring mixture to boil then turn temperature to low and simmer 20 minutes, or until liquid is mostly evaporated and thickened.
  8. Top each serving of roast with Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce.

Note: Mostarda can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Breakfast & Brunch 09 August 2019

An Easy Solution to After-School Snacking

(Family Features) The early morning chaos and activity-packed evenings of the back-to-school season can make finding time to connect challenging. Throughout the day, there can be small windows of time that your family can make the most of – even if only for a few moments that matter.

“As a busy mom, I know how hard it can be to find time to slow down with the kids,” said Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician and parenting expert. “After-school snack time is my secret weapon. It’s a time we can all pause for a few minutes before running out the door to soccer or starting homework. As a doctor, I’ll take any extra opportunity to provide the nutrients my kids need. That’s why I focus on nutrient-rich snacks, which always include milk in our house.”

Most Americans, including kids, fall short on the recommended three daily servings of real milk and milk products for kids ages 9 and up, according to the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Adding real dairy milk to afternoon snack time is an easy way to get kids nutrients they need to grow up strong, which is one less thing for parents to worry about.

“The great thing about milk is that kids already love it, so it’s an easy way to get protein and other essential nutrients they need to fuel their after-school activities and meals,” pediatrician Dr. Ilan Shapiro said. “It’s not a battle to get them to drink it like so many foods can be.”

You can make the most of snack time with simple, fun recipe ideas like Harvest Fruit and Oat Energy Bites, which are a quick way to fuel up. Pairing these with an 8-ounce glass of real milk provides protein and essential nutrients kids need to power through after-school homework or activities.

Snacking recipes are not only easy to make, but also easy to plan. For more tasty on-the-go recipe ideas to try this back-to-school season, and to shop for ingredients, visit milklife.com.

Harvest Fruit and Oat Energy Bites

Recipe courtesy of Emily Caruso of Jelly Toast on behalf of Milk. Love What’s Real
Servings: 10, 2 bites per serving

  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 1 1/2    cups rolled oats, divided
  • 2          tablespoons almond nut butter
  • 2/3       cup dried apple rings, chopped (soft variety)
  • 1/2       teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1/4       cup dried cranberries or dried tart cherries
  • 2          tablespoons chopped pecans or almonds
  • 1          glass milk (8 ounces each) per serving
  1. In bowl of food processor or high-speed blender, combine milk, 1 cup rolled oats, nut butter, dried apple rings, apple pie spice and salt. Pulse until mixture becomes fairly smooth and holds together when rolled. Transfer mixture to medium size bowl.
  2. Stir in remaining oats, dried cranberries and chopped nuts. Roll mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill 1 hour, or until firm. Keep bites covered and refrigerated up to 3 days.
  3. Pair each serving with 8-ounce glass milk.

Nutritional information per serving: 190 calories; 3.5 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 12 g protein; 28 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 150 mg sodium; 334 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk and include 8-ounce glass fat-free milk.

 

Photo courtesy of Emily Caruso of Jelly Toast on behalf of Milk. Love What’s Real

Source: MilkPEP

Videos 02 May 2019

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

(Family Features) During the season for outdoor parties, reunions, picnics and delicious desserts, try bringing a new dish to the table with a recipe like this Apple-Cranberry Cobbler. 

Find more recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Apple-Cranberry Cobbler

Recipe courtesy of Wilton

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 5          apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 1/2    cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2          teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2       cup granulated sugar
  • 2          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1          container (10.2 ounces) refrigerated home-style biscuits, quartered
  • 2          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2          tablespoons sparkling sugar
  1. Heat oven to 375 °F.
  2. Prepare pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mix apple slices, cranberries, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  4. In small bowl, whisk sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir into fruit mixture.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Cover with foil. Bake on cookie sheet 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven.
  6. Toss biscuits in melted butter. Distribute cut biscuits over fruit.
  7. Sprinkle biscuits with sparkling sugar. Return to oven and bake 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  8. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 26 March 2019

Sustainable Eating Made Easy

(Family Features) The needs of grocery shoppers are seemingly always evolving, and now more than ever, they want to know where and how their food is produced and what impact it has on the environment. This is commonly referred to as “sustainable eating,” and its popularity is growing among shoppers.

Plant-based diets are a tenet of sustainable eating and mushrooms are often included as part of the movement. Known for their inherent umami flavor and nutrition properties, mushrooms are recognized for their unique growing process and need for minimal natural resources used during production, which makes mushrooms both healthy on the plate and gentle on the planet.

In addition, mushrooms are a versatile ingredient, and with so many fresh varieties to choose from, it’s simple to incorporate them into most meals. Three Mushroom and Garlic Grilled Pizza can satisfy the entire family, while favorites like Sauteed Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Avocado Toast may hit the spot morning, noon and night, and quick sides such as Roasted Mushroom and Wheat Berry Salad can be an easy addition to dinner plates.

For more information on mushroom sustainability as well as additional recipes, visit mushroomcouncil.com .

Roasted Mushroom and Wheat Berry Salad

Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council
Servings: 4

  • 8          ounces white button mushrooms, halved
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2          cups cooked wheat berries, warm
  • 2          green onions, sliced
  • 2          tablespoons dried cranberries, chopped

Dressing:

  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1          teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Place mushrooms on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully stir mushrooms and bake 5 minutes until tender. Transfer mushrooms to medium bowl. Add wheat berries, green onions and cranberries.
  4. To make dressing: In small bowl, whisk olive oil, orange juice, curry powder and salt; pour over salad. Toss to mix. Serve warm.

Sauteed Mushroom and Sun-Dried Tomato Avocado Toast

Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council
Servings: 4

  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional, for drizzling
  • 1/4       cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 8          ounces sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/4       cup water
  • 1/2       teaspoon fresh thyme leaves kosher salt, to taste
  • 2          ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 4          slices toasted bread
  • shaved Parmesan cheese
  1. In skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add tomatoes and cook 1 minute. Add mushrooms and gently incorporate with tomatoes. Add water and stir well until water evaporates and mushrooms darken and become tender, about 4 minutes. Add thyme and salt, to taste. Set aside to cool.
  2. To assemble, gently smash half of each avocado over one slice of toast. Top each slice of toast with mushroom mixture. Top each with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil before serving.

Three Mushroom and Garlic Grilled Pizza

Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council
Servings: 4

Sauce:

  • 1          tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4          garlic cloves, minced
  • 5          basil leaves, minced
  • 2          tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4       cup half-and-half
  • 2          tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2       teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3          ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3          ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 3          ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1          ounce dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 1/4       teaspoon fine sea salt
  • pizza dough (14 inches)
  • olive oil
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          ounces whole milk mozzarella cheese, chopped
  • shaved Parmesan, for garnish
  • basil leaves, for garnish
  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat, about 425° F.
  2. To make sauce: In medium skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Whisk in garlic and basil; cook 1 minute. Sprinkle in flour while quickly whisking to form paste.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Slowly pour in half-and-half while continuing to whisk until there are no clumps. Increase heat slightly to bring to simmer. Stir as mixture thickens into sauce, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; set aside.
  4. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add mushrooms and cook until they begin to turn tender, about 2 minutes. Carefully pour in wine or stock and continue cooking until liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Stretch dough to make 14-inch pizza. Brush grill grates generously with olive oil. Place dough on grill and let cook about 3 minutes, until underside is browned and dough removes easily from grill. While removing dough from grill, flip it onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray so cooked side is up.
  6. Spread sauce over pizza and evenly cover in mushrooms. Add mozzarella cheese.
  7. Return pizza to grill, topping-side up. Close lid and let cook 3-5 minutes. Once top crust browns and cheese melts and bubbles, remove from grill. Let rest 2-3 minutes.
  8. Garnish with Parmesan and basil leaves; slice to serve.

The Mushroom Sustainability Story: Water, Energy and Climate Environmental Metrics (Infographic caption)

Source:  Mushroom Council

Dessert 31 August 2018

From Orchard to Pie: Apple Pies Made Easy!

(Family Features) Crisp air, changing colors, orchards teeming with ripe apples - all sure signs of autumn. Usher in the fall harvest season by spending an afternoon with the family picking apples, and then rewarding yourself with a delectable home-baked pie.

It's easy to save time in the kitchen by starting with Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts. Just unroll a crust into your favorite pie plate, spoon in a sweet apple filling, bake and serve. Add a delicious twist to the classic apple pie with a number of complementary and favorite fall flavors - such as cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, streusel, pecans and even cranberries.

From picking apples to baking a pie and enjoying it with family and friends, all in a matter of hours - any way you slice it, it's a delicious time of year. Here are a few Pillsbury pie recipes to get you started baking apple pies now. For more ideas, visit www.pillsbury.com/pie.

Festive Apple-Berry Pie

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 box (14.1 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 5 to 6 cups sliced peeled apples (5 to 6 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. In 1-quart saucepan, mix cranberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and water. Heat to boiling. Boil 5 minutes. Cool 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie using 9-inch glass pie pan.
  3. In large bowl, mix apples, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg until apples are coated.
    Stir in cooled cranberry mixture. Spoon into crust-lined pan. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Cut slits in several places in top crust.
  4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning.

Perfect Apple Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 3 hours
8 servings

  • 1 box (14.1 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling

  • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  2. In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust.
  3. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; ?ute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch-wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

Tip: Two cans (21 ounces each) apple pie filling can be substituted for the filling.

Caramel-Apple Streusel Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Start to Finish: 3 hours
8 servings

  • 6 cups sliced peeled ripe apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 box (14.1 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine
  • 18 caramels, unwrapped
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, mix apples and lemon juice. In small bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
    Add to apples; stir gently. Let stand 15 minutes. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Pour apple mixture into pastry-lined pie plate.
  2. In small bowl, mix oats, flour and 3 tablespoons sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Cut second crust into wedges; arrange wedges in an alternate pattern across the mixture.
  3. Bake 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over low heat until caramels are melted. Stir until smooth; add pecans. Drizzle over pie. Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 2 hours.

Source:  Pillsbury

Holiday 01 November 2018

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration

(Family Features) Hosting holiday dinners can be stressful, even for the most seasoned home cooks. Between gift giving, cookie baking, home decorating and more, there’s often little time left to think through a festive feast for a hungry crowd of family and friends.

While the main entree and dessert are usually the first courses to be accounted for when planning, seasonal appetizers and sides can set your spread apart. Perfect for intimate gatherings or larger parties, a simple app like Cranberry Walnut and Brie Bites, filled with ingredients like Willow Tree Classic Chicken Salad and creamy Brie cheese, can leave guests anxiously awaiting the rest of the meal.

Round out your menu with must-have sides like potatoes. For example, a traditional French dish like Dauphinoise Potatoes are easy to make and feature a homemade butter and garlic sauce, thinly sliced potatoes and rich Gruyere cheese.

Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, however, one of the last things many hosts want to do is cook another big meal. With an option like Willow Tree Chicken Pies, you can skip the hassle and get a meal on the table quickly.

For more easy hosting ideas and recipes, visit willowtreefarm.com.

Cranberry Walnut and Brie Bites

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 12-16

  • 2          packages (17 ounces each) puff pastry
  • 1          bag (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1          cup sugar, plus additional, to taste
  • 1          orange or lemon, zest only, cut into strips
  • 2          tablespoons water
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          container (7 1/2 ounces) Willow Tree Classic Chicken Salad
  • 4          ounces Brie cheese, cut into 48 pieces
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2          tablespoons minced fresh sage
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Thaw puff pastry sheets according to package instructions. Once thawed, unfold into thirds.
  3. Cut each third into 12 equal squares to make 48 squares.
  4. Grease two mini muffin tins; press each puff pastry square into muffin cup.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes; remove from oven and press center of each cup in with end of wooden spoon.
  6. While puff pastry is baking, prepare cranberry sauce. Add bag of cranberries into saucepan. In pan over low heat, combine sugar, one strip orange or lemon zest and water; cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium and cook until cranberries burst, about 12 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add sugar, salt and pepper, to taste; let cool slightly and reserve.
  7. Fill center of each puff pastry cup with chicken salad, 1/2 teaspoon cranberry sauce and one piece Brie cheese.
  8. Bake 5-7 minutes, until Brie is melted.
  9. Top with chopped walnuts and minced sage. Serve warm.

Dauphinoise Potatoes

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30-45 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 8          ounces potatoes
  • 1          tablespoon butter
  • 1          large clove garlic
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  • 1          ounce Gruyere cheese, for garnish
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Peel and finely slice potatoes.
  3. Add butter to saucepan and melt. Finely mince garlic and add to saucepan; saute gently until garlic is pale golden color.
  4. Add cream to saucepan and bring to rapid simmer but do not boil.
  5. In oven-safe dish, arrange slices of potato in even layers.
  6. Pour warm cream over potatoes slowly, allowing to seep between layers without overflowing dish.
  7. Top generously with sliced Gruyere cheese and place in oven, 30-45 minutes per portion. When done, potatoes should be golden-brown on top, bubbling at edges and a knife should slide easily into center.

Note: Recipe can be multiplied for additional servings.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Dauphinoise Potatoes)

Source: Willow Tree

Holiday 01 November 2018

Holiday Pairing Perfection

Festive flavors and seasonal sips

(Family Features) The holidays are the perfect time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the season.

Take the stress out of hosting by shopping at a store like ALDI for your holiday must-haves, including everything from food and wine to holiday decor and even gifts for nearly anyone on your list, helping you to save time and money.

Toast to the holidays with an impressive appetizer spread, paired with award-winning wines, with recipes like Cranberry Shrimp Ceviche Cups paired with the creamy and tropical taste of William Wright Chardonnay. Or whip up quick and easy Party Poppers made with dates, Brie cheese and bacon to mesh with the fruit, vanilla and spicy fall notes of Peaks & Tides Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blue Cheese and Walnut Mousse provides a savory finish when matched with La Rue Côtes de Provence Rosé and its hints of lavender, rosemary and thyme. Finally, add a little something sweet to your spread by pairing the refreshingly ripe Landshut Riesling with a festive Gingerbread Trifle.

Find more holiday recipes and shopping solutions at ALDI.us .

Blue Cheese and Walnut Mousse

Recipe courtesy of Chef Scott, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 10 servings

  • 2          tablespoons Simply Nature 100% Pure Avocado Oil
  • 3          large yellow onions, sliced
  • 5          ounces Happy Farms Preferred Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 8          ounces Happy Farms Cream Cheese
  • Stonemill Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1          cup Friendly Farms Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 8          ounces Southern Grove Chopped Walnuts, divided
  • 5          cucumbers, thinly sliced
  1. In large pan, heat oil and saute onions until brown and caramelized.
  2. In food processor, combine blue cheese crumbles and cream cheese. Process until smooth. Season with pepper, to taste.
  3. In medium bowl, using hand mixer, whisk cream until soft peaks form. Fold in cheese mixture and 4 ounces chopped walnuts.
  4. Top cucumber slices with mousse, caramelized onions and remaining chopped walnuts. Finish by grinding black pepper over top for garnish.
  5. Pair each serving with glass of La Rue Cotes de Provence Rosé.

Tip: Mousse can also be served as a dip with baguette slices.

Gingerbread Trifle

Recipe courtesy of the ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12 servings

  • 1          package (3.4 ounces) Baker’s Corner Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 3/4    cups Specially Selected Premium Eggnog
  • 1/2       teaspoon Stonemill Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 7          ounces Café Bistro Soft Gingerbread, crumbled, divided
  • 1 1/4    cups Friendly Farms Whipped Topping, divided
  • 1          cup Berryhill Apple Butter, divided
  • 2          teaspoons Stonemill Ground Cinnamon
  1. Whisk vanilla pudding mix and eggnog. Add pumpkin pie spice and beat 2 min­utes. Chill in refrigerator 10 minutes.
  2. In large glass bowl, layer one-third of gingerbread cookies, one-third of pudding, one-third of whipped topping and 1/2 cup apple butter; repeat two more times.
  3. The third layer will end with whipped topping. Garnish with cinnamon.
  4. Chill in refrigerator 2 hours.
  5. Pair each serving with glass of Landshut Riesling.

Party Poppers

Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 36 poppers

  • 8          ounces Southern Grove Pitted Dates
  • 4          ounces Specially Selected Brie Cheese Round
  • 6          ounces Southern Grove Slivered Almonds
  • 1 1/2    pounds Specially Selected Thick Sliced Hickory Bacon
  • 2          teaspoons Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut dates in half, lengthwise.
  3. Cut brie into bite-size pieces, about the size of peanuts.
  4. Place one piece of Brie and four almond pieces on each open date half. Place other half on top.
  5. Quarter bacon slices, wrap tightly around stuffed dates and secure with toothpicks. Sprinkle with pepper.
  6. Line baking sheet with foil and place wrapped dates on top. Bake 15 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Serve warm.
  7. Pair each serving with glass of Peaks & Tides Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Cranberry Shrimp Ceviche Cups

Recipe courtesy of Chef Kates, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour chill time
Cook time: 3 minutes
Yield: 16 ceviche cups

  • 1 1/2    teaspoons Stonemill Iodized Salt, divided
  • 16        ounces Specially Selected Black Tiger Shrimp, thawed
  • 1          cup Southern Grove Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2       red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2       cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2       jalapeno, roughly chopped
  • 1/4       cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4       cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4       teaspoon Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper or Ground Black Pepper
  • 1          teaspoon Stonemill Oregano
  • 13        ounces Simply Nature Organic Tortilla Chips, for garnish
  • 2          limes, cut into wedges, for garnish
  • fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  1. Bring medium pot of water to boil. Season with 1 teaspoon salt. Add shrimp and cook 3 minutes. Immediately plunge cooked shrimp into ice water bath. Peel shrimp and place in flat dish.
  2. In food processor, combine dried cranberries, red onion, parsley and jalapeno. Pulse until finely chopped. Add cranberry mixture to shrimp.
  3. Add lemon juice, lime juice, remaining salt, pepper and oregano. Stir to combine thoroughly. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. To assemble: Spoon ceviche (about 4-5 shrimp each) into small clear cups or glasses. Garnish with tortilla chips, lime wedges and fresh cranberries, if desired.
  5. Pair each serving with glass of William Wright Chardonnay.

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