(Family Features) Before the big meal, gifts and cherished moments at the family table, almost every holiday party starts with an important tradition: breaking the ice. This year, you can serve up a smile and start the party with this crave-inducing appetizer to get everyone talking.
The sweet touch of Roasted Garlic Whipped Feta Crostini from Milk Means More can be your delightful way to brighten the season of gifts and gatherings. With its creamy cheesiness from a homemade whipped topping boasting the richness of feta and whole milk, it’s an easy and tasty way to invite friends, family and neighbors into your home. This shareable treat comes together in a cinch while adding pops of cheerful color to plates and platters.
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Roasted Garlic Whipped Feta Crostini
Recipe courtesy of Liz Della Croce of “The Lemon Bowl” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 1 bulb garlic (about 12 cloves)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for drizzling, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper divided
- 32 baguette slices
- 8 ounces feta cheese
- 1/2 cup whole milk, plus additional, if necessary (optional)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup parsley, minced
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Slice garlic bulb in half, exposing garlic heads, and place in center of large piece of tinfoil. Drizzle each half with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Wrap foil tightly around garlic and roast until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
- Place baguette slices on large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake on second rack in oven until golden brown about 10 minutes; set aside.
- In high-speed food processor, pulse feta cheese, milk, lemon juice, remaining salt, remaining pepper and roasted garlic cloves until whipped and creamy, adding more milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Check for seasoning and adjust, to taste.
- To serve, spread each baguette slice with whipped feta and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and minced parsley.
(Family Features) Most parents face the same mealtime dilemma - making affordable and convenient food that the whole family will like. Time is short, palates are picky and some fear it will cost too much to put real food on the table.
Pimento (Red Pepper) Cheese-Bacon Burgers
A Bobby Flay Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes / Chill Time: 30 minutes
- 1/3 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1/4 pound extra sharp white cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
- 1/4 pound extra sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
- 1/3 cup drained and finely chopped roasted red peppers or piquillo
- 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 4 hamburger buns
- 8 thick slices double smoked bacon, crisp-cooked
- Combine mayonnaise, salt, pepper and cayenne in large bowl with fork. Stir in cheese and roasted peppers. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, shape ground beef into 4 patties. Season, if desired, with salt and black pepper; set aside.
- Grill or pan fry burgers, turning once, 8 minutes or until desired doneness. During last 30 seconds of cooking, evenly top each burger with cheese mixture, then cook covered until cheese melts slightly. Arrange burgers on buns, then evenly top with bacon.
Smoked Chile Cole Slaw
A Bobby Flay recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 20 minutes
- 1/2 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium head green cabbage, finely shredded
- 2 large carrots, finely shredded
- 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Combine mayonnaise, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, lime juice, honey and cumin in large bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and black pepper. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.
Goat Cheese Crostini With Grape Salsa
A Bobby Flay Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Stand Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
- 1 cup red grapes, diced
- 1 cup blue and/or black grapes, diced
- 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley, plus leaves for garnish
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 4 slices whole grain bread, quartered, OR 1 baguette, thinly sliced into 16 pieces
- 6 ounces herbed goat cheese, slightly softened
- 1/3 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
- Combine grapes, onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro and vinegar in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Let stand at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange bread on large baking sheet in a single layer and bake, turning once, 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown and crisp on both sides. Remove and let cool.
- Combine goat cheese with mayonnaise in small bowl until smooth. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Evenly spread cheese mixture onto crostinis, then top with grape salsa.
Grilled Potato Wedges With Malt Vinegar-Tarragon Dip
A Bobby Flay Recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
- 2/3 cup PLUS 1 teaspoon malt vinegar
- 1-1/2 cups Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
- 5 Russet or all-purpose potatoes, scrubbed
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Bring 2/3 cup vinegar to a boil over high heat in small saucepan and continue boiling until reduced by half. Remove saucepan from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
- Combine mayonnaise, cooled vinegar, remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar and tarragon in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Cover potatoes with water in 4-quart saucepot; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender, but still firm. Drain and cool slightly. Cut each potato lengthwise into 8 slices.
- Brush potatoes with oil and season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Grill, turning once, 4 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Arrange potatoes on serving platter, then sprinkle with parsley. Serve with dip.
Mayonnaise mixture is also delicious with hot cooked chicken fingers or fish.
(Family Features) From the breakfast nook to the dinner table, an Easter meal isn’t complete without a delicious ham for guests to enjoy and share. Whether you’re serving up a casual brunch, an early dinner or a formal holiday feast, an easy-to-prepare spiral ham is the perfect centerpiece for any meal occasion.
Perfectly cooked and hand trimmed, Smithfield spiral sliced hams make holiday entertaining quick and effortless, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends.
For an added twist that will truly impress your guests, try any of Smithfield’s exceptional flavor offerings, like the Baked Apple Spice Spiral Sliced Ham, part of the premium Smokehouse Reserve line. You’ll also delight family and friends with flavors like Salted Caramel, Pecan Praline, Brown Sugar and Crunchy Glaze.
Serve up any leftovers as-is or easily incorporate them into an array of tasty dishes for brunch, lunch or dinner the next day. Try this Leftover Ham and Bacon Hash for a quick at-home brunch dish or use in an easy appetizer like Ham and Brie Crostini.
With flavor this easy, this could be your most delicious Easter yet. For more Easter recipe inspiration, visit Smithfield.com.
Leftover Ham and Bacon Hash
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 pounds yellow potatoes, diced
- 8 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
- 1 1/2 cups Smithfield Anytime Favorites Cubed Ham or Smithfield Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham, cooked
- 4 slices Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon, cooked and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2/3 cup jarred roasted red pepper, drained and roughly chopped
- 3/4 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
- 2-3 eggs, fried or poached to preference (optional)
- 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
- Heat oven to 425° F. In large bowl, whisk together mustard, oil, salt and pepper until combined. Add potatoes and mushrooms, and toss to coat.
- Spread potato mixture evenly onto two lightly oiled or nonstick, rimmed baking pans and roast in oven 35-40 minutes, or until potatoes and mushrooms have started to brown, stirring halfway through cooking. Add any leftover bacon or ham to mixture and stir.
- Add in roasted peppers to oven-safe serving casserole (if desired) and top with cheese. Bake additional 10-15 minutes, or until cheese has softened and begun to melt. Top hash with eggs, if desired, and sliced basil.
Ham and Brie Crostini with Fig Jam
- 1 French baguette (10-12 ounces), sliced on bias, 1/4-inch thick (about 24 pieces)
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 pound Smithfield Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham, cut into 24 pieces
- 9 ounces Brie cheese, sliced and cut into 24 pieces
- 1/4 cup fig jam
- Heat oven to 400° F.
- Lightly brush both sides of baguette slices with oil and place slightly spaced on rimmed baking pans. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp.
- Top each slice with ham and Brie; bake additional 5-8 minutes, or until Brie has just started to melt.
- Top each crostini with fig jam and serve warm.