Meal Ideas 23 October 2019

Celebrate the Flavors of Fall

Use a pantry staple to spice up comfort food classics

(Family Features) As chilly weather sets in and days get shorter, comfort food favorites once again fill menus. While traditional flavor combinations typically hold a special place in many families’ hearts and on their plates, there is almost always room to add new and exciting flavors to tried-and-true favorites.

If you’re craving cheesy scalloped potatoes, savory stuffing or juicy braised meat, an option like California Ripe Olives are an easy addition that can spruce up your go-to dishes. Their mild and unique taste lends itself well to many different flavor pairings such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breast, Potatoes Au Gratin with Olives and Fennel, and Green Beans with Olive Butter.

California family farms produce 95% of the ripe olives grown in the United States. Multi-generational family farmers work with family-owned canneries to produce each can and ensure only the highest quality olives make it from the farm to your table.

For more creative ways to use olives, including family recipes from growers across California, visit CalOlive.org.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breast

Recipe courtesy of Karista’s Kitchen

Brine:

  • 1/4       cup salt
  • 1          teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2          bay leaves
  • 2          quarts water
  • 3 1/2-4       pounds turkey breast

Turkey:

  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1          tablespoon orange zest
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4-1/3       cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4       cup sliced California Green Ripe Olives, divided
  • 4-5       slices prosciutto

Gravy:

  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1          tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1 ½         cups chicken broth
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • orange slices, for garnish
  1. To brine turkey breast: In large, non-reactive bowl, mix salt, peppercorns and bay leaves in water. Place turkey breast in brine and cover with additional water, if needed. Place plastic wrap over bowl and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. To cook turkey breast: Heat oven to 375° F.
  3. Remove turkey breast from brine, rinse and pat dry. On large cutting board with sharp, sturdy knife, slice into thickest portion of turkey and cut lengthwise, but not all the way through.
  4. Brush inside of turkey breast with 1 tablespoon olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, rosemary, parsley and orange zest. Spread minced garlic, cranberries and 1/2 cup sliced green olives over bottom half of turkey breast then fold top over bottom.
  5. Brush outside of turkey breast with remaining olive oil and place prosciutto slices over top of turkey breast. Using three pieces kitchen twine, tie turkey breast on each end and in middle.
  6. On baking sheet, roast turkey 15 minutes then turn heat down to 350° F and roast 35-45 minutes. Once internal temperature reaches about 155° F, remove from oven and tent foil over top to allow it to continue cooking and stay warm. Let turkey rest about 15 minutes.
  7. Once turkey is cool enough to handle, remove kitchen twine and slice. Arrange slices on platter.
  8. To make gravy: Take remaining juice from baking sheet and add to saucepan over medium heat along with butter. Once butter is melted, sprinkle in flour and whisk. While whisking, add 1 cup chicken broth. If it becomes thick, add 1/2 cup chicken broth, or more, as needed. Let gravy cook several minutes, whisking constantly.
  9. When gravy is done, remove from heat and drizzle over sliced turkey breast. Garnish with remaining green olives and orange slices. Serve warm.

Green Beans with Olive Butter

Recipe courtesy of Culinary Hill

  • 1/4       cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 20        California Black Ripe Olives, chopped
  • 2          shallots, chopped
  • 2          cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4          quarts, plus 1/4 cup, water, divided
  • 1          tablespoon salt, plus additional, to taste
  • 2          pounds green beans, trimmed
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In food processor, pulse butter, olives, shallots and garlic; set aside.
  2. In large saucepan or stockpot, bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to boil.
  3. Add green beans and boil until tender-crisp, but still bright green, about 3-5 minutes. Work in batches, if necessary. Drain well and immediately plunge into bowl of ice water to stop cooking. In large skillet, add remaining water over medium heat. Add blanched beans and toss until heated through.
  4. Toss beans with olive butter to coat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving platter.

Potatoes Au Gratin with Fennel and Olives

Recipe courtesy of Heather Likes Food

  • 1          bulb fennel, washed, stalks removed and cored
  • 1/2       yellow onion
  • 2          large russet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon salted butter
  • 1          cup, plus 2 tablespoons, heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2       California Ripe Black Ripe Olives, sliced
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4       cup Gruyere cheese, grated, divided
  • 3/4       cup Jarlsberg cheese, grated, divided
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Using mandoline or handheld slicer, thinly slice fennel, onion and potatoes.
  3. In medium pan, heat olive oil and butter then saute onion and fennel over medium-low heat 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat.
  4. In large bowl, combine sliced potatoes with 1 cup cream, olives, salt, pepper and all but 2 tablespoons of each cheese.
  5. Add cooked fennel and onion to bowl and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer potato mixture to 8-by-8-inch baking dish or deep pie plate and flatten surface so potatoes are mostly submerged in cream.
  7. In small bowl, combine remaining cheese with remaining cream. Sprinkle cheese over top of potatoes evenly.
  8. Bake 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown and bubbly. If needed, tent with foil to prevent top from becoming too brown.
  9. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Source: California Olive Committee

Meal Ideas 30 November 2016

Home-Style Staples That Never Go Out of Style

(Family Features) No matter what the latest taste trend or hot new celebrity-endorsed recipe, you can always count on a few classic home-style standards to make a comeback around this time every year. Typically known as “comfort foods” for their ability to soothe and warm the soul, these familiar dishes not only taste delicious, but also make us feel warm and fuzzy all over — and are especially welcoming during the chill of the colder months.  Perhaps Grandma’s famed chicken noodle soup comes to mind, or Dad’s special meatballs with marinara. Maybe it’s Mom’s ultra-gooey, rich mac ’n’ cheese, your own fork-tender pot roast or delicious turkey and stuffing holiday leftovers.

Whatever the dish, though, all comfort foods have one thing in common — we turn to them for relief when we’re tired, stressed, under-the-weather or simply looking for a taste of home. They are typically simple, hearty, uncomplicated meals, informal and inexpensive to prepare, yet immensely satisfying to those lucky enough to be served them.
Three comfort classics that never seem to go out of style are pot roast, shepherd’s pie and beef stroganoff. The recipes included here require no extensive prep or unusual ingredients, so they’re easy to whip up, even on a weeknight.

The slow cooker pot roast offers a particularly convenient alternative to last-minute cooking, since the prep all occurs in the morning, leaving the roast to cook to tender perfection all day. By using some convenient comfort food shortcuts on your ingredient list, such as Heinz® HomeStyle Savory Beef Gravy and Wyler’s® Beef Bouillon cubes, you can add an extra layer of flavor to the roast, without the fuss of making gravy from scratch. The pot roast also includes a healthy helping of veggies, so it could easily become a complete meal with fresh bread or a green salad.

If you’re looking for a comfort food that doubles as a one-dish wonder — shepherd’s pie has it all. It includes the meat, vegetables and starch most of us associate with a complete home-style meal. Plus, using prepared Ore-Ida® Mashed Potatoes to top the pie eliminates the laborious task of making mashed potatoes from scratch.  Also, if you’re craving a comfort food with some added interest, try this creamy beef stroganoff. It’s simple to make and serves up a delicious plate of savory chunks of beef tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms and steaming noodles. And, if you want to add a little extra flare, try pairing it with a glass of merlot. That’s sure to offer some added warmth and a new level of sophistication.

So, with these simple, home-cooking classics in your culinary arsenal this season, there’s no need to rush out and purchase the latest “cookbook du jour.” Just stick to the basics this season and you’ll be sure to find some classic convenience, comfort and good taste.

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Beef Stroganoff

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves 6 to 8

  • 1 pound sirloin steak (cut into thin strips) or 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Wyler’s Beef Flavored Granules or 3 bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles, prepared according to package directions
  • Chopped parsley, optional
  1. In large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook and stir steak, mushrooms and onion in margarine until steak is browned and vegetables are tender. Reduce heat to medium. Add flour to thicken, if desired; cook and stir 1 minute. Add water and bouillon; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in sour cream; heat through. (Do not boil.) Serve with hot noodles. Garnish with parsley if desired.

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Slow Cooker Savory Pot Roast

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 10 hours
Serves 6 to 8

  • 3 pounds bottom round beef roast
  • 1 Wyler’s Mrs. Grass Reduced Sodium Onion Recipe, Soup and Dip Mix pouch
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) Heinz HomeStyle Savory Beef Gravy
  • 2 Wyler’s Beef Bouillon Cubes or 2 teaspoons Wyler’s Beef Granules
  • 1 can (14 1/2-ounces) diced tomato with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables, such as sliced carrots, cut green beans, diced redskin potatoes, green peas, sliced celery
  1. In large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray, brown beef over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
  2. Combine soup mix, 1 jar of gravy, bouillon and diced tomato in 5-quart slow cooker. Add water and stir well. Add beef and turn until well coated. Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Add mixed vegetables during last 2 hours, stirring occasionally. When vegetables are tender, remove beef from cooker. Slice or shred beef as desired, and serve with vegetables and sauce.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Serves 4 to 6

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) Heinz HomeStyle Savory Beef Gravy
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups prepared Ore-Ida Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned and thoroughly cooked. Carefully drain liquids and return to stovetop. Stir in gravy and vegetables and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. While beef mixture is still in skillet, spoon mashed potatoes onto it, forming 8 mounds, and top with cheese. Continue to simmer until potatoes are hot and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Source: Heinz Gravy / Ore-Ida Mashed Potatoes / Wyler’s Bouillon

Holiday 24 January 2017

Turkey Leftovers With a Twist

(Family Features) Long on ingenuity, but short on prep, these recipes elevate holiday leftovers to celebrity status.  Leftovers ... whether you love ’em, or hate ’em, everyone seems to ponder one thing: What do you do with them, especially after the holidays? You could eat turkey sandwiches every day for a week, or just give up and toss it out altogether. Better yet, you could transform those mounds of turkey, gravy and stuffing into something new and exciting.

Consider a recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini. It puts a new twist on this perennial Italian favorite. This luxurious dish combines Wyler’s Chicken Bouillon granules, butter, cream, white wine and freshly grated Parmesan cheese with your leftover turkey for a dish that’s simple to make but elegant enough to serve for company.

If you want to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and like to flex your culinary muscles, try Turkey Croquettes. Your friends and family will never guess that the origin of these tasty French delicacies was your own humble turkey dinner. The recipe can add flair to any meal as hors d’oeuvres, a side dish or an entree. Just add Heinz HomeStyle Roasted Turkey Gravy for dipping and a side of cranberry sauce — then sit back, relax, and call it a holiday.

Looking for something the kids or grandkids will love? A savory Leftover Turkey Casserole wins the prize for ease and convenience. Pull up a chair and let your little ones spread the mashed potatoes. They can also help you stir leftover turkey, gravy and stuffing together and spoon it on top of the potatoes. And, if you don’t have any of your famous, home- made gravy left, a jar of Heinz HomeStyle Roasted Turkey Gravy has a taste that’s so close to homemade your guests won’t know the difference. Thirty minutes later you have a leftover holiday dinner reinvented into a new one-dish meal.

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Leftover Turkey Casserole

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 2 1/2 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded turkey
  • 1 12-ounce jar Heinz HomeStyle Roasted Turkey Gravy
  • 1 cup prepared stuffing
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and spread prepared mashed potatoes in the bottom.
  2. Combine turkey and gravy in large skillet and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in stuffing until thoroughly combined. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Spoon turkey mixture on top of potatoes and spread evenly.
  3. Cover and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through.

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Turkey Tetrazzini

Serves: 8

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups hot water, combined with 1 tablespoon Wyler’s® Chicken Bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound fettuccini, cooked al dente
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, halved and sautéed until tender
  • 3 cups leftover turkey cubes
  • 1 cup freshly grated
  • Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • Toasted almonds for garnish
  1. Blend butter and flour in saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken broth, milk and wine. Cook until thickened. Add cream and parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Combine with cooked fettuccini, mushrooms and turkey. Mix in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  2. Grease 9- by 13-inch glass baking dish; pour tetrazzini mixture into dish. Sprinkle liberally with breadcrumbs and top with remaining Parmesan cheese and toasted almonds.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

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Turkey Croquettes

Makes: 8 croquettes

Croquettes

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour plus 1/2 cup additional for dredging
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water plus 1/2 teaspoon Wyler’s® Chicken Bouillon granules
  • 2 cups finely chopped, cooked turkey
  • 3/4 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Coating

  • 2 large eggs beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 cups dry seasoned bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • Heinz HomeStyle Roasted Turkey Gravy
  • Leftover cranberry sauce
  1. In small saucepan, cook onion in butter over moderately low heat, stirring 5 minutes. Mix in 1/4 cup flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in milk and bouillon. Cook mixture, stirring until it forms a paste. Continue to stir and cook paste 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir in turkey, potatoes, paprika, poultry seasoning, nutmeg, salt, pepper and parsley. Combine mixture well.
  2. Chill turkey mixture, covered, 2 hours or until firm. Divide into 8 portions; roll or mold into desired shape. Dredge balls in additional 1/2 cup flour, shaking off excess. Coat balls thoroughly with egg wash, letting excess drip off; then dredge in bread crumbs. Transfer croquettes to parchment paper. Allow them to dry at room temperature for 30 minutes before frying.
  3. In large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil until deep-fat thermometer registers 365°F. Fry croquettes in batches 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve croquettes with gravy and cranberry sauce.

Source: Heinz Gravy / Wyler’s Bouillon

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