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Meal Ideas 20 October 2017

A Holiday Ham Worth Celebrating

(Family Features) Cooks today crave new food inspiration, creative recipes and flavorful dishes, and they want it all at a great price. Whether you’re trying one of the year's hottest cooking trends or serving up a spread for a holiday celebration, pork offers an affordable variety of cuts and flavor profiles to help inspire every occasion.

This season, the National Pork Board is teaming up with leading chefs from across the country –Matt Abdoo, Adam Sappington and Jose Mendin – to discover their favorite pork dishes, the techniques behind them and how pork inspires their creativity in the kitchen.

Chef Mendin is a five-time James Beard semi-finalist and founding partner and chef at Pubbelly Noodle Bar, an Asian-inspired gastropub in Miami. In his Honey Balsamic-Glazed Ham recipe, pineapple combines with honey and balsamic vinegar for a flavorful centerpiece that's easily paired with smashed potatoes.

Visit PorkBeinspired.com for more pork cooking inspiration this holiday season.

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Honey Balsamic-Glazed Ham with Smashed Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of Jose Mendin, Pubbelly Noodle Bar, on behalf of the National Pork Board
Prep time: 15 minutes                                                  
Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          3-pound boneless ham, netting removed and casing trimmed off
  • 1/2       cup water

Honey Balsamic Glaze:

  • 1          can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple (2/3 cup pineapple, 1/3 cup juice)
  • 1/2       cup honey
  • 1/2       cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2          tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2       teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Smashed Potatoes:

  • 3          pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed but unpeeled
  • 3          tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2          tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley)
  1. Make the Honey Balsamic Glaze: In a small heavy saucepan, bring ingredients to a boil over high heat, stirring often. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until the liquid is reduced by about half, 7-10 minutes. Transfer to small bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F. Using a sharp knife, score ham in a crosshatch pattern. Place ham in roasting pan and add 1/2 cup water. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and spread half of the glaze over the ham, forcing it into the scored cuts. Bake for 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining glaze and bake until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the ham reads 140° F, about 15 minutes more. If necessary, to keep glaze from scorching, tent ham with aluminum foil. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before slicing.
  3. Make the Smashed Potatoes: After about 30 minutes of baking the ham, place potatoes in large saucepan and add enough cold, salted water to cover by 2 inches. Cover saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover and reduce heat to medium. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well and return potatoes to saucepan. Add butter, oil, salt and pepper, and crush with a large fork then stir in the parsley. Partially cover with the lid to keep warm.
  4. Slice the ham crosswise and serve with the smashed potatoes.
Appetizers & Sides 05 October 2017

Excellent Entertaining

Elegant ideas for a meal worth celebrating

(Family Features) Delighting guests in unexpected ways is the hallmark of exceptional entertaining. With a little creative flair, you can elevate your menu to impress guests with every course.

A savory appetizer is set off beautifully by fresh, sweet grapes in this Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini. Festive, bright and refreshing, grapes are a versatile ingredient that take dishes to the next level, making them ideal for special occasions.

Not only are grapes a smart choice to keep on hand for healthy snacking and everyday eating, the vibrant colors and flavors bring extra life to a basic protein. For a unique twist on a main dish, try dressing up chicken with an elegant addition like fresh grapes, as in these Seared Chicken Breasts with Grapes and Artichokes.

The secret to a winning dessert is presentation, and the vibrant colors of red, green or black grapes lend just the right look to these tasty Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Cream and Grapes. What’s more, the juicy sweetness offsets the tartness of the lemon for an explosion of flavor perfection.

A Fresh Approach to Décor

Not only do fresh grapes’ lively flavors make for exceptional dishes, their vibrant colors can also enhance your table in other ways. Lend natural beauty to your decor while providing your loved ones with a healthy snack option with these creative ideas:

  • Arrange grapes in bowls, on platters or draped from a cake plate for attractive and edible centerpieces.
  • Dress snacking grapes up for the occasion by dipping clusters in liquid gelatin. Roll them in sugar, spices and finely chopped nuts to make a “frosted” finger food with a hint of crunch.
  • Colorful grapes lend a pretty pop when used as a garnish to decorate serving plates.

Plan your next special occasion with the host of recipes at GrapesfromCalifornia.com.

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Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini

Serves: 8

  • 2          cups quartered green, black or red California grapes (or a mixture)
  • 2          teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2          teaspoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 16        baguette slices, thinly cut on diagonal
  • 8          ounces fresh goat cheese
  1. In medium bowl, combine grapes, lemon juice, honey, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil. Spread each baguette with goat cheese and top with grape mixture.

Nutritional information per serving: 200 calories; 9 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 8 g fat (36 percent calories from fat); 4.5 g saturated fat (20 percent calories from saturated fat); 15 mg cholesterol; 340 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

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Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Cream and Grapes

Serves: 6

  • 4          large egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 1          cup sugar
  • 2          teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3       cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3       cup lemon curd
  • 1 1/2    cups halved California grapes
  • chopped smoked or tamari almonds (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. With electric mixer on medium speed, in large bowl, beat egg whites and salt until firm peaks form. On low speed, add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until meringue forms stiff peaks. Whisk in cornstarch and vanilla.
  2. Divide meringue into six 4-inch circles on baking sheet. With large spoon, make indentations in middle of each. Place baking sheet in oven and lower temperature to 300° F. Bake 30 minutes then turn off oven and leave baking sheet inside another 30 minutes. To serve, whip cream to soft peaks and stir in lemon curd. Dollop onto meringues and top with grapes. Garnish with almonds, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 4 g protein; 58 g carbohydrates; 12 g fat (31 percent calories from fat); 8 g saturated fat (20 percent calories from saturated fat); 55 mg cholesterol; 90 mg sodium.

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Seared Chicken Breasts with Grapes and Artichokes

Serves: 4

  • 2          boneless, skinless chicken breasts (8 ounces each), butterflied lengthwise into 4 cutlets
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          leek, white part only, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2          tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2    cups quartered artichoke hearts, frozen, canned or jarred
  • 1/2       cup dry white wine
  • 1/2       cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2          teaspoons butter
  • 3/4       cup green California grapes
  • 3/4       cup red California grapes
  • 2          tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. In saute pan over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chicken breasts and sear 3-4 minutes per side. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. Add remaining olive oil to pan, along with garlic, leek and pinch of salt; cook on medium heat 2-3 minutes to soften leek. Stir in oregano, artichokes, wine, chicken stock, lemon juice, lemon zest and butter. Simmer 2-3 minutes then add chicken back to pan, basting each breast with sauce. Add grapes and simmer 3-5 minutes, or until grapes are just soft and chicken is cooked through.
  3. Stir in fresh parsley and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 320 calories; 26 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 12 g fat (34 percent calories from fat); 3 g saturated fat (8 percent calories from saturated fat); 70 mg cholesterol; 390 mg sodium; 5 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Dessert 24 March 2017

Edible Easter Fun

(Family Features) Little ones (and big ones too) will have fun making these adorable Easter Lamb Carrot Cupcakes. Easter is a special time for bringing families together. Make memories happen in the kitchen when you get hands on with these sweet cupcakes made with Dixie Crystals Sugar. Marshmallow lambs sitting atop moist carrot cupcakes on a bed of green coconut grass are a sure way to sweeten any family gathering.

For more recipes to add fun and flavor to your Easter festivities, visit www.dixiecrystals.com.

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Easter Lamb Carrot Cupcakes

Servings: 12-16

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Frosting:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 stick or 1/2 cup unsalted butter, very soft
  • 4 cups Dixie Crystals Confectioners Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Royal icing:

  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals Confectioners Powdered Sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dried egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Decoration:

  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • Green food coloring
  • Black food coloring
  • 1 bag regular size marshmallows
  • 1 bag miniature marshmallows
  • 24-36 pink jelly beans
  • 24 black jelly beans
  • 12-16 hard candy caramels
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place 16 cupcake liners in cupcake or muffin tin and set aside.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger and set aside.
  4. In large bowl, whisk together eggs and vegetable oil until well blended. Add sugar, salt and vanilla; mix well.
  5. Add carrots, pineapple and nuts and combine well. Stir in flour mixture.
  6. Scoop into paper cups about 2/3 full. (May make more depending on size.)
  7. Bake until center of cupcakes bounce back when lightly pressed or inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 23 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.
  8. For frosting, mix cream cheese and soft butter on low speed until blended. Add one cup powdered sugar and mix on low speed. Gradually add remaining powdered sugar and mix on low to medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix well. Set aside covered in refrigerator.
  9. Place coconut in bowl and add drop of green food color, mix by gloved hand until color is well distributed. (Add touch of yellow if color is too harsh.)
  10. Fill piping bag or food storage bag fitted with medium round decorating tip with cream cheese frosting.
  11. Prepare 2 small paper piping bags; set aside to prepare icing.
  12. To make royal icing, sift together powdered sugar with dried egg whites and place in bowl. Add water and lemon juice and whip several minutes to stiff mixture. Thin mixture with water if necessary.
  13. Place 3 – 4 tablespoons of royal icing in a small bowl and tint with black food coloring.
  14. Fill 2 small piping bags; one with white and the other with black royal icing. Set aside.
  15. Using cream cheese frosting pipe generous circle of frosting onto cupcake.
  16. Cut large marshmallow crosswise in half. Lay one and a half large marshmallows horizontally onto cupcake. Pipe thin layer of cream cheese frosting onto marshmallows.
  17. Starting at bottom surround large marshmallows with miniature marshmallows. Pipe a little cream cheese frosting onto first layer of mini marshmallow and stack another layer of mini marshmallows. Continue until completely covered.
  18. Press green coconut onto edges of cupcake.
  19. Position cupcake so circle side of large marshmallow faces you.
  20. For head, place hard caramel onto top edge of large marshmallow and ensure it is resting onto miniature marshmallows. (Remove some marshmallows to fit if necessary.)
  21. For ears, cut pink jelly bean lengthwise in half. Pinch beans to make pointy. Place next to head and use a little cream cheese frosting to make them stick.
  22. Cut black jelly beans in fours to create feet. Cut black jelly bean lengthwise to create tail. Attach with cream cheese frosting.
  23. Using white royal icing pipe eyes, followed by black. Pipe with black royal icing for nostrils.

Notes: When measuring flour, avoid firmly packing measuring cup. Mixing frosting on high will make it runny and too soft.

Source: Dixie Crystals Sugar

Pork 21 March 2017

Elevate Your Easter Feast with Sweet, Simple Ham

(Family Features) For most, it’s not Easter without the classic ham centerpiece. This year, add a flavorful twist to everyone’s favorite holiday main dish with a glaze, chutney or sauce.

Ham pairs well with many flavors, making it easy to create a unique dish every time. From sweet to savory and oh-so succulent, these ham combinations can bring easy elegance and flavor to the table. Serve a decadent ham recipe to ensure your Easter feast is as memorable as it is delicious with a recipe like this Ham with Honey, Fennel and Mustard Glaze.

With this recipe, the traditional ham is now elevated with fresh spring flavors and a crowd-pleasing glaze. Served with bright, seasonal asparagus, this dish brings together unexpected flavors creating a soon-to-be family favorite.

For more Easter inspiration and ways to transform more or leftover ham into tasty baguettes, crepes, quesadillas and more, visit PorkBeinspired.com.

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Ham with Honey, Fennel and Mustard Glaze

Servings: 15

  • 1 7- to 8-pound spiral-sliced smoked ham, bone-in
  • 6 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 3 pounds asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Meanwhile, use a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to coarsely crush the fennel seeds. Set aside 1 tablespoon, then transfer the remaining fennel to a medium bowl and add the honey, mustard, and pepper. Set 1 1/2 cups of the mixture aside.
  3. Place the ham flat side down in a large shallow roasting pan and brush with about 1/2 of the remaining honey-mustard mixture. Roast the ham, basting with the same honey-mustard mixture and pan juices every 25 to 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 140° F., 15 to 18 minutes per pound (loosely cover with foil if ham gets too browned). Remove the ham from the oven, transfer to a cutting board, and let rest 15 to 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add a rack to the upper third of the oven and increase the temperature to 400° F. Arrange the asparagus on two large rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and reserved fennel seeds, and bake until tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Slice enough ham to serve and arrange on plates or a platter. Serve the asparagus and the reserved honey-mustard mixture on the side.

Source: National Pork Board

Breakfast & Brunch 07 March 2017

Easy Egg Casserole

With Jimmy Dean fully cooked Hearty Sausage Crumbles, you can whip up an Easy Egg Casserole in the morning – or even the night before – and pop it in the oven for a no-hassle breakfast that’s so comforting and delicious, they’ll be coming back for seconds.

Yield: 12 servings (1 square each)

  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 cups French bread cubes (3/4-inch pieces)
  • 1 package Jimmy Dean Hearty Original Sausage Crumbles
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Beat eggs, milk and pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended. Add bread cubes; stir gently until evenly coated. Stir in sausage crumbles and 1 1/2 cups cheese.
  3. Pour into lightly greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into 12 squares to serve.

Spinach-Egg Casserole: Add 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeeze dry, to egg mixture before pouring into prepared baking dish.

Make-Ahead Egg Casserole: Assemble casserole as directed; cover. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, uncover and bake 50 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Source: Jimmy Dean

Breakfast & Brunch 07 March 2017

Throw an Epic Easter Brunch on a Budget

(Family Features) Preparing an elaborate Easter spread for your family doesn’t have to be an expensive (or exhausting) endeavor. Rethinking familiar dishes and ingredients is an easy way to add a special touch to your meal.

Add a dash of affordable elegance to your Easter brunch with these simple tips from the experts at ALDI:

  • For a colorful twist on an Easter classic, try pickling your deviled eggs. Pickling punches up the flavor of these tasty bites and gives your eggs a festive hue.
  • Offer dishes that are pretty and practical. Bake pre-cooked angel hair pasta in muffin tins until the tops are crisp. Fill your pasta “nests” with ingredients such as poached eggs, cheese or diced ham, and you have an attractive brunch dish that is portioned just right for each serving.
  • Cater to the individual tastes of your guests with a mimosa bar. Set out a table with champagne, a selection of fruit juices and sliced fruits and berries so your guests can mix and match as they wish.
  • Chocolate-dipped desserts are easy and always a crowd pleaser. Make better-for-you treats by dipping Easter goodies in smooth, dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate for lower sugar content. Or for a sweet treat without too much added sugar, repurpose dark chocolate by melting it for fondue, and serve an assortment of fruits or salty snacks, like pretzels, for guests to dip.
  • Explore new ways to enjoy timeless classics. Maple is a terrific addition to sweet and savory snacks, from bacon to cookies and beyond. Give brunch a sweet spin with these Carrot Cake Waffles, which feature a decadent maple cream cheese drizzle. You can find the premium, affordable ingredients to make this crowd-pleasing brunch recipe at ALDI, along with everything else you’ll need to entertain this Easter.

Find more ideas and recipes for an excellent Easter meal at aldi.us.

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Carrot Cake Waffles with Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle

Recipe courtesy of Chef Scott, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8

Waffles:

  • 2 cups Baker’s Corner All Purpose Baking Mix
  • 3 tablespoons Stonemill Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Friendly Farms 1 Percent Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Carlini Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Goldhen Large Egg
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove Raisins
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • Carlini Butter Cooking Spray

Cream Cheese Drizzle:

  • 8 ounces Happy Farms Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Specially Selected 100 Percent Pure Maple Syrup
  1. To make waffles: Heat waffle iron.
  2. In large bowl, combine baking mix, cinnamon and brown sugar. Whisk in milk, oil and egg until fully incorporated. Fold in pecans, raisins and carrot.
  3. Coat waffle iron with nonstick spray. Ladle 1/2 cup of batter onto iron for each waffle. Cook 6-8 minutes, or until waffle is golden brown.
  4. To make cream cheese drizzle: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and syrup until fully incorporated. Drizzle over waffles. Serve immediately.

Tip: Waffles can be placed in a re-sealable bag, frozen up to three months and reheated in toaster.

Source: ALDI

Holiday 23 January 2017

Very Merry Holiday Bites

(Family Features) Holiday parties should be fun — so why not serve up some tasty appetizers with a creative seasonal twist that will be sure to spice up your gathering?

These clever bites start with versatile party favorites Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies — and then the fun begins. Start off with an impressive — and edible — wreath for the centerpiece and serve with a cranberry-barbecue dip. Next, dress up your cocktail links with some delicious fare: simmer your Smokies in a zesty sauce; wrap them up in crispy bacon; make a splash with pineapple and edible flowers; dip and fry to make your own mini corn dogs; and turn them into tasty reindogs. With these fun-tastic appetizers, not only will you give guests plenty of food to eat, you’ll give them plenty to talk about.

For more recipes to add merriment to your celebrations, visit www.hillshirefarm.com.

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Holiday Appetizer Wreath

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 32 Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dough rolls
  • Optional: Roasted bell pepper strips, cherry tomato halves and fresh rosemary for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Open package of sausages and drain off liquid.
  3. Combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce in a small saucepan; heat over low heat, stirring until smooth and hot.
  4. Unroll dough, separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. With knife or pizza cutter cut each rectangle lengthwise into 8 strips, making a total of 32 strips.
  5. Wrap 1 strip of dough around each sausage. Place crescent-wrapped sausages with sides touching on ungreased cookie sheet or round baking stone in a circle, forming a wreath shape.
  6. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.
  7. Carefully remove wreath onto serving platter, if desired. Garnish wreath with bell pepper strips to form a bow, and cherry tomato halves and rosemary sprigs for ornaments, if desired.
  8. Serve with cranberry-barbecue sauce.

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Lit’l Party Delights

Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Open package of sausages and drain off liquid; set aside.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in medium saucepan. Heat, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until jelly is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Add sausages; heat 10 minutes or until hot.

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Reindogs

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 to 3 minutes

  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
  • Pretzel twists
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  1. Heat sausages according to package directions.
  2. Break a small pretzel twist in half. Stick a pretzel half into both sides of sausage to resemble antlers.
  3. Use 2 small drops of mustard for eyes and a small drop of ketchup for the nose.

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Corn Doggies

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 to 3 minutes

  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
  • 1 package (8.5 ounces) corn muffin mix
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  1. Preheat oil to 375°F. Open package of sausages and drain off any liquid. Insert wooden toothpick into tip of each sausage.
  2. Mix corn muffin mix, flour, egg and milk in a large bowl until well combined. Working quickly, dip 4 to 5 sausages in batter.
  3. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown and batter is cooked in the center.
  4. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining sausages.

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Pigs in Heaven

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
  • 1 package thick sliced bacon
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Open package of sausages and drain off any liquid.
  3. Cut each bacon slice into 3 to 4 pieces. Wrap each sausage with a piece of bacon; secure with a toothpick.
  4. Place on a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until bacon is browned.

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Lit’l Luaus

Yield: 20 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes

  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
  • Canned pineapple (1 can)
  • Edible flowers
  1. Heat sausages according to package directions.
  2. Cut 1 pineapple ring in half.
  3. Wrap two halves of pineapple around each sausage.
  4. Garnish with edible flowers.
Holiday 19 January 2017

Classic Holiday Flavors Inspire Fun Snack Recipes

(Family Features) The holiday season is filled with family food traditions, from stuffing and pumpkin pie, to festive cakes and frosted sugar cookies. This year, wow your family, guests and friends with a fun, crunchy twist on the great tastes of holiday favorites.

No one can replace grandma’s classic pie recipe, but have a little fun and surprise your family and friends. With creative takes on traditional dishes, Chex® Party Mix will help you wow your guests with familiar flavors and aromas, served up in a playful way that’s sure to impress.

It’s easy to re-create the taste of each of these treats in a quick, delicious party mix. Visit www.ChexPartyMix.com for more than 150 party mix recipes that can be made in the microwave in just 15 minutes.

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Peppermint and Chocolate Chex® Mix

Featuring melted white chocolate, crushed candy canes and a dark chocolate drizzle, it’s easy to add holiday cheer with this festive mix.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Start to Finish: 15 Minutes
Makes: 16 servings (1/2 cup each)

  • 3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (16 miniature, unwrapped)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Mix cereals in large microwavable bowl. Line cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper.
  2. In microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla baking chips uncovered on High about 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips can be stirred smooth. Stir in half the crushed peppermint candy.
  3. Pour over cereal; toss to evenly coat. Spread mixture in single layer on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining candy.
  4. Melt dark chocolate chips in microwave on High 50 to 60 seconds or until chips can be stirred smooth; drizzle over top. Let stand in refrigerator until set, about 5 minutes. Gently break into clusters. Store in airtight container.

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Chex® Pumpkin Pie Crunch

This recipe is great served in your favorite colorful pie plate. Set the pie plate out on the table with the other dishes, and put a scooper out so guests can help themselves. For party favors, leave small bags next to the pie plate and ask guests to take a bag home for an extra treat later.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Start to Finish: 15 Minutes
Makes: 16 servings (1/2 cup each)

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Chex® cereal
  • 8 ounces pecans
  1. In small bowl, mix brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In small microwave-safe dish, microwave butter on High about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in vanilla. In large microwavable bowl, mix all cereals and pecans. Pour butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. Add sugar and spice mixture and stir until coated.
  2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 minutes or until mixture begins to brown, stirring every minute. Spread on wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. Store in airtight container. Note: Make mix up to two weeks ahead and store in airtight container.
Holiday 19 January 2017

Italian Herbed Crown Roast of Pork with Italian Sausage and Parmesan Dressing

Prep time: 50 minutes
Cook time: About 2 3/4 hours
Yield: 16 servings

  • 1 16-rib pork rib crown roast (about 8 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons dried Italian herb blend, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, plus more for casserole dish
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound crusty Italian bread, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup dry red wine, preferably Italian
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place pork in shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons herb blend; season with salt and pepper. Roast until temperature towards interior of crown reaches 145°F, about 2 1/4 hours.
  3. While pork is roasting, make dressing: In large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer sausage to large bowl.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons butter to skillet; melt over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook, until very tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl with sausage. Add bread, cheese and remaining 2 tablespoons herb blend to bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups broth, stirring to evenly moisten. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into buttered 2 1/2-quart casserole dish. Cut 2 tablespoons remaining butter into pea-sized pieces; dot them over the top.
  5. About 30 minutes before pork is done, cover dressing with foil and bake 30 minutes.
  6. When pork is done, transfer to cutting board; rest 20 minutes. Remove foil from dressing; continue cooking until top is crisp and golden, about 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, drain roasting pan and discard liquids; place pan on stovetop over medium-high heat. Add wine and remaining 3 cups broth. Bring to boil; cook, scraping up browned bits, until liquid reduces to 2 cups, about 12 minutes. Reduce to simmer; add remaining 4 tablespoons butter, stirring until butter melts. Whisk in cornstarch mixture; cook until sauce thickens, just a few seconds. Remove from heat; whisk until smooth. Strain if you like; season with salt and pepper.
  8. Slice roast. Serve with dressing and pan sauce.

Source: National Pork Board

Holiday 19 January 2017

Parmesan Pepper Spritz Crackers

Makes about 7 dozen crackers

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black
  • pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground
  • white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (about
  • 8 ounces) grated
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter,
  • softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In small bowl, combine flour, black pepper, white pepper and salt. In large bowl, beat cheese, butter and garlic until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture to cheese mixture. Mix until dough forms a ball. Gradually add milk, mixing until fully incorporated. Shape into small logs and place in Cookie Master Ultra II. Using desired disk, press crackers onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet on cooling grid. Remove from sheet and cool completely. Store in airtight container up to 1 week.

Source: Wilton Enterprises

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