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Meal Ideas 12 December 2022

Party-Worthy Wine Pairings Perfect for Easy Entertaining

(Family Features) Red or white, sweet or dry, wine lovers are often entertainers at heart. When inviting guests to share your personal favorites, nothing enhances a tasting get-together quite like complementary snack and wine pairings.

The next time you find a wine party on your schedule, consider these simple yet delicious recommendations from sommelier and founder of “The Lush Life,” Sarah Tracey, who partnered with Fresh Cravings to create “Dips and Sips.” Aimed at reinventing wine and cheese parties, the movement focuses on simplistic recipes, easy dip pairings and suggested wines.

“When I entertain at home, I’m always looking for ways to impress my friends with fresh, creative bites I can pair with wine,” Tracey said. “My favorite hack is finding great products with high-quality ingredients then creating simple, elevated ways to serve them. The less time I spend in the kitchen, the more time I get to spend with my guests.”

Tracey relies on the versatility of Fresh Cravings’ array of dip options and crowd-pleasing, bold flavors worth celebrating. With authentic-tasting chilled salsas offering a vibrant alternative to soft, dull blends of jarred salsa and flavor-filled hummus made with premium ingredients like Chilean Virgin Olive Oil, these dips elevate both traditional and reinvented recipes.

For example, Tracey’s recipes for Polenta Rounds with Pico de Gallo Salsa and Crab, Spiced Butternut Squash Naan Flatbreads, Cheesy Tortilla Cutouts with Salsa and Hummus-Stuffed Mushrooms offer flavorful, easy-to-make appetizers that can make entertaining easy and effortless. Plus, these crave-worthy morsels are just as tasty and approachable for guests choosing to skip the wine.

Find more recipe and pairing ideas perfect for enhancing your next party at FreshCravings.com.

Hummus-Stuffed Mushrooms

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Tracey
Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick olive oil spray
  • 16 ounces cremini mushrooms, stems removed and gills scooped out
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 container Fresh Cravings Classic Hummus
  • 1 jar manzanilla olives stuffed with pimientos, cut in half
  • 1 jar roasted red pepper strips
  • Oregon Pinot Noir
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare sheet pan with nonstick olive oil spray.
  2. Place mushroom caps on sheet pan, spray with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Roast 7-8 minutes then let mushrooms cool to room temperature.
  4. Fill each mushroom cap with hummus and top each with one olive slice.
  5. Thinly slice roasted red pepper strips and arrange around olive slices.
  6. Pair with lighter bodied pinot noir with cherry tones from Oregon.

Cheesy Tortilla Cutouts with Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Tracey
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 6 large flour tortillas
  • 16 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 1 can (4 ounces) green chiles, drained
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 container Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa, Medium
  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place large flour tortilla on sheet pan. Top with handful of grated cheese.
  3. Sprinkle chiles on top of cheese layer. Add chopped cilantro. Sprinkle with additional cheese.
  4. Top with another tortilla. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Work in batches to make three sets of cheese-filled tortillas.
  5. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Serve with salsa and pair with sauvignon blanc from New Zealand with zest and zing.

Spiced Butternut Squash Naan Flatbreads

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Tracey
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 container Fresh Cravings Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • 1 package mini naan dippers
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary, minced
  • La Veielle Ferme Rosé
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Chop butternut squash into 1/2-inch chunks.
  3. Toss squash with olive oil, maple syrup, cumin and chili powder.
  4. Spread on sheet pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and roast until tender, about 20 minutes.
  5. Spread hummus on naan dippers and top each with squash and fresh rosemary.
  6. Pair with deeper, savory and earthy rosé.

Polenta Rounds with Pico de Gallo Salsa and Crab

Recipe courtesy of Sarah Tracey
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 tube (16 ounces) prepared polenta
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • salt, to taste
  • 8 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 1 container Fresh Cravings Pico de Gallo Salsa, Mild
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Mateus Rosé
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Slice polenta into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Arrange on baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt, to taste, and let cool.
  3. Combine jumbo lump crabmeat with salsa.
  4. Top each polenta round with crab salsa mixture.
  5. Garnish with finely chopped fresh mint and pair with vibrant, fruity rosé.

Source: Fresh Cravings

 

 
Meal Ideas 22 September 2022

Make the Holidays Magical with Hearty Meals

(Family Features) Capturing the magic of the holidays often happens at the dinner table as loved ones toast the season with stunning meals worth celebrating. This year, call the entire family together and make your festive feast truly memorable with pairings that offer favorite flavors for all.

Starting with tender cuts of meat hand-trimmed by master butchers at Omaha Steaks, these dishes from chef David Rose call to mind the extravagant holiday gatherings of yesteryear with modern twists you can claim as your own.

Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus offers classic taste while Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes brings some zing to the kitchen. For seafood lovers looking to make a splash at this year’s get-togethers, Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice provide a savory, succulent pairing worthy of the season.

Visit OmahaSteaks.com/Blog to find more recipes fit for the holidays.

Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 90 minutes

Chateaubriand:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Chateaubriand (2-4 pounds)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Red Wine Gravy:

  • Reserved chateaubriand juices
  • 1 medium shallot, small diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to tastePreheat smoker or pellet grill to 275 F.

Lemon-Garlic Asparagus:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound jumbo asparagus, stems trimmed and spears blanched in salted water
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. To make chateaubriand: Pat chateaubriand dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with salt and pepper; bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  3. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to high heat.
  4. Sear chateaubriand on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove chateaubriand from pan, reserving pan drippings; place chateaubriand on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness.
  6. Rest chateaubriand 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness.
  7. To make red wine gravy: Bring cast-iron pan with reserved chateaubriand drippings to high heat then add shallots and minced garlic. Brown 30 seconds.
  8. Add red wine and deglaze pan, cooking until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in 2 tablespoons butter and flour until all clumps have disappeared and mixture is well-incorporated, 3-4 minutes.
  10. Add water and bouillon cubes; bring to boil then whisk in stone ground mustard.
  11. Reduce to low heat and simmer until achieving sauce-like consistency, 7-8 minutes.
  12. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn off heat and whisk in remaining butter until fully melted and emulsified into sauce.
  13. To make lemon-garlic asparagus: In large saucepan, bring olive oil to medium-high heat.
  14. Add asparagus and season with salt, ground black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Sear undisturbed about 1 minute.
  15. Turn asparagus and add minced garlic, sauteing about 10 seconds. Add lemon juice and continue sauteing until reduced by two-thirds, about 1 minute.
  16. Turn off heat and add butter, stirring until emulsified into pan sauce. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  17. Serve chateaubriand with lemon-garlic asparagus and red wine gravy.

Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Dirty Rice:

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Omaha Steaks Ultra-Premium Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, small diced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 cup small diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato-based sofrito
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth

Crab Stuffing:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 20 butter crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat

Crab Stuffed Lobster:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Omaha Steaks Cold Water Lobster Tails (5 ounces each), halved lengthwise
  1. To make dirty rice: Rinse jasmine rice with water until water is clear. Drain.
  2. In large saucepot, bring vegetable oil to medium-high heat.
  3. Add ground beef, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika; saute 5 minutes until browned.
  4. Using slotted spoon, remove browned beef and set aside.
  5. Add butter to pot then add red bell pepper, green onions and yellow onions. Saute 2 minutes until lightly caramelized.
  6. Add sofrito and jasmine rice to pot; saute 1 minute. Add cooked ground beef and chicken stock; bring to boil. Once mixture boils, reduce heat to simmer 10 minutes. Turn off heat and leave lid on pot 5 minutes. Fluff rice with fork and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. To make crab stuffing: In medium bowl, whisk mayonnaise, seafood seasoning, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.
  8. Gently fold in crushed butter crackers and crab meat. Set aside.
  9. To make crab stuffed lobster: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  10. Stir melted butter, salt and lemon juice. Brush lobster tails with butter mixture.
  11. Divide crab stuffing into eight portions. Stuff each lobster tail half with crab stuffing, pressing stuffing into lobster. Place stuffed lobster tails on aluminum foil-lined sheet pan and bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with dirty rice.

Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: about 2 1/2 hours
Servings: 4-6

Creamy Horseradish Sauce:

  • 15 ounces crema or sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Pepper Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground peppercorn medley
  • 2 teaspoons ground guajillo chili
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Prime Rib:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds)
  • pepper rub
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Crushed Potatoes:

  • 1 pound baby red skin potatoes
  • cold water
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced Italian parsley
  • ground black pepper
  1. To make creamy horseradish sauce: In medium bowl, whisk crema, mayonnaise, horseradish, vinegar, chives, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika until well-incorporated. Season with additional salt and white pepper, to taste.
  2. To make pepper rub: In small bowl, stir salt, peppercorns, chili and thyme.
  3. To make prime rib: Pat prime rib dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with pepper rub and bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  5. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to medium-high heat.
  6. Sear prime rib on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Place seared prime rib on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness. Cook until internal temperature is 10 F below desired doneness.
  8. Rest prime rib 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness.
  9. To make crushed potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  10. Add potatoes to stockpot. Cover with cold water by about 1 inch and add 1 pinch salt. Over high heat, boil 8-10 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and completely cool with running cold water.
  11. Once cool, carefully crush potatoes with palms until skin breaks and potatoes are slightly crushed.
  12. In medium bowl, whisk olive oil, garlic and parsley.
  13. Place crushed potatoes on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and toss lightly with olive oil mixture. Season potatoes on both sides with kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Roast potatoes until crisped and golden brown, 15-17 minutes.
  14. Serve prime rib with crushed potatoes and creamy horseradish sauce.

 Source: Omaha Steaks

 
Videos 11 November 2020

Easy Crab Rangoon

Appetizers are many people’s favorite part of a meal. From dips and finger foods to little treats and fried pieces of perfection, there is a wide array of considerations for a pre-meal snack.

Some appetizers are much more appropriate at certain events. For example, buffalo chicken wings are best enjoyed on game days, salads are normally served at showers and vegetable trays are a typical Thanksgiving Day classic.

However, there are recipes that are too easy to make and too satisfying not to serve at almost every festivity you and your family attend. This Easy Crab Rangoon shines above the rest for many reasons, but the main point of this heavenly sample is it’s easy to make and bake.

This appetizer is placed in the oven until it’s golden brown, topped with little green scallions with a creamy filling all packaged in a crispy outer layer.

Plus, the cream cheese is mixed with luscious amounts of crab meat. This is a seafood lover’s dream. Actually, it’s any appetizer lover’s dream. 

To make this mouthwatering recipe, you only need a handful of ingredients and a few kitchen tools.

The little bites of perfection come out of the oven steaming hot, waiting to be topped with more crunchy, fresh scallions. Once they have cooled for a few moments, they are ready to be devoured.

This bite-size, savory snack will be all the rage at family dinners and parties with the kids alike. They fit perfectly in the palms of hands and within a few bites, they are gone and your loved ones are asking for seconds.

Find more appetizer recipes that are simple and made to impress at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Easy Crab Rangoon

Servings: 12

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12        wonton wrappers
  • 4          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4          ounces lump crabmeat
  • 1          scallion, sliced thin, green and white parts separated
  • 1          teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1          teaspoon soy sauce
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Press wonton wrappers into muffin cups. Lightly spray wrappers with nonstick cooking spray and bake until lightly browned, 6-9 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  3. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Combine with crabmeat, scallion whites, ginger and soy sauce. Fill each wonton wrapper with filling. Bake until filling is heated through, 6-8 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with scallion greens. Serve warm.
Seafood 01 June 2018

Find Picnic Perfection with Nutritious Seafood

(Family Features) From the trees to the breeze, picnics are a fun way your family can soak up the sunshine while enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal together.

“Picnics should be a prescription for health,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and TV host Annessa Chumbley. “They accomplish three amazing things needed for healthy living: nourishing the body, focusing on relationships and soaking up the benefits of being surrounded by nature.”

Consider stepping up your picnic game with a refreshing option like seafood. Eating seafood two times per week, as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, can provide unique health benefits as a lean protein and source of omega-3s, healthy fats that are beneficial for your heart and your brain. To make it easier to create picture-perfect picnics, try these tips from Chumbley.

  • Pack bottles of cold or even frozen water in the picnic basket to help keep everything chilled and fresh so it’s ready to devour.
  • Plan to eat fresh and healthy foods like this Crab Salad for an easy-to-make option.
  • Create a dip nearly everyone can enjoy. Seafood can be added to almost any dip, and can be enjoyed with fresh, crunchy vegetables.
  • Jars can be a lifesaver when packing a picnic. Tape utensils to the sides of the jars for easy access to your favorite foods.
  • Don’t bring your phones, tablets or any other device that can distract you from family time. This is a time to relax and socialize with one another.
  • Try taping a thermometer inside your bag or cooler so you know the food is at safe, cool temperatures.
  • Place a small cutting board and knife in your pack, which can come in handy for chopping up fruits and vegetables when it’s time to chow down.

For more seafood recipes and meal inspiration, visit seafoodnutrition.org or follow #Seafood2xWk on social media.
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Crab Salad

Recipe courtesy of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership Eating Heart Healthy Program
Serves: 4

Dressing:

  • 1/2       cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1          lemon, juiced
  • 2          tablespoons green onions
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          ounce walnuts (about 14 halves)
  • cayenne pepper, to taste  
  • 1          bag (8 ounces) spinach
  • 1          can (6 ounces) crab meat or fresh lump crab
  • 1/2       cup lentils, cooked
  • 1          grapefruit, cut into sections
  1. Heat oven to 300° F.
  2. To make dressing: Mix yogurt, lemon juice, green onions and olive oil. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Toss walnuts with cayenne pepper, to taste, and bake 4-5 minutes. Make sure walnuts do not burn. Remove walnuts from oven and let cool.
  4. Toss spinach with dressing. Toss with crab meat. Sprinkle lentils on top and add walnuts. Place grapefruit pieces around edge.

Source: Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Seafood 07 August 2015

Spicy Thai Crab and Sweet Corn Fritters

2008 Grand Prize winning recipe by: Edwina Gadsby of Great Falls, Mont.

Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 6 ounces lump crabmeat, drained, flaked and picked over for cartilage
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen (thawed) or canned sweet corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro or Thai basil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Thai Chili Roasted Garlic Dipping Sauce or other favorite dipping sauce
Preparation
  1. In medium bowl combine eggs, fish or soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and ginger. Stir in crabmeat, corn, green onions and cilantro. Add flour; stir until ingredients are combined.
  2. In 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/2-inch canola oil until hot. Carefully spoon crab mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, flattening slightly with spoon. Cook fritters about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown and crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining batter.
  3. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
Serves

Makes 6 appetizer or first-course servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Serve with a bottle of chilled Rías Baixas Albariño wine.

Source

Rías Baixas Albariño

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