(Family Features) Family reunions, birthday celebrations and holiday gatherings all bring loved ones together for special occasions that call for delicious meals and snacks. To help elevate entertaining in your household, make hosting a cinch with quick, shareable recipes.
Pizza, for example, is a nearly universally beloved dish ideal for sharing. This version is simple, fresh and perfect for entertaining guests or just for a night in with fresh mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma and fresh basil.
For savory seasonal flavor, look no further than Sweet Potato Rounds topped with fried sage leaves, goat cheese and prosciutto. When guests arrive, greet them with easy hors d’oeuvres that balance wellness with indulgence like this Crudites Platter or Fresh Snack Board.
To help ensure the freshest of ingredients in these tasty appetizers, look for the “Parma Crown” on packages of Prosciutto di Parma, which you can find pre-packaged or available for slicing at many gourmet deli counters and specialty food stores. Containing no additives, preservatives or hormones, Parma ham contains no additives, preservatives or hormones and is 100% natural. Aged twice as long as many other options, it creates a depth of flavor that’s delicate and sweet-savory with a buttery texture.
Find more easy appetizers perfect for entertaining at parmacrown.com.
Fresh Snack Board
- 1/3 pound Prosciutto di Parma
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 handful pecans, walnuts or almonds
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup fig jam
- 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, sliced
- On charcuterie board or platter, arrange prosciutto, apple slices, nuts, pomegranate seeds, fig jam and cheddar cheese slices. Serve with crackers.
Yield: 8 slices
- Olive oil
- 1 container (16 ounces) store-bought pizza dough
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
- 5 slices Prosciutto di Parma
- 6 fresh basil leaves
- Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 500 F. Grease baking sheet with olive oil.
- Roll out pizza dough onto floured work surface to form oblong shape about 16 inches long and 12 inches wide. Remove to oiled baking sheet and stretch out edges to fill length of baking sheet.
- Bake 4 minutes. Remove from oven and evenly spread tomato sauce over surface, leaving 1/2 inch from edges bare. Dot with mozzarella. Bake until edges are golden and mozzarella is bubbling, about 12 minutes.
- Drape prosciutto over mozzarella. Garnish with fresh basil.
Sweet Potato Rounds
Yield: 16-20 rounds
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 bunch fresh sage, stems removed
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 8 slices Prosciutto di Parma, halved
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Peel and slice sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch rounds. In medium bowl, toss sweet potatoes with oil and lightly season with salt, to taste. Arrange rounds in single layer on prepared pan; bake until sweet potatoes are lightly browned and tender, about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- In small skillet over medium heat, bring butter to simmer. Add half the sage leaves. Cook until crispy, 2-3 minutes. Remove to paper towel and season lightly with salt, to taste. Repeat with remaining sage leaves. Reserve 2 teaspoons butter. In small food processor, combine goat cheese and reserved butter; whirl until smooth.
- To make rounds, remove goat cheese to plastic zip-top bag. Cut off one corner and pipe small dollops of cheese onto each round. Top with half slice prosciutto and one crispy sage leaf.
- 8 asparagus
- 2 soft-boiled eggs
- 5 baby carrots, halved lengthwise
- 4 radishes with tops, halved lengthwise
- 1 head little gem lettuce, quartered
- 6-8 slices Prosciutto di Parma
- 2 teaspoons white miso
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons chopped herbs (dill, tarragon or parsley)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- fresh black pepper, to taste
- To make platter: Trim asparagus. To blanch, bring pot of water to boil and place asparagus in pot 2-3 minutes. While asparagus is cooking, fill large bowl with ice water. After 3 minutes, plunge asparagus in ice bath and let cool.
- To soft-boil eggs, bring pot of water to boil. Gently place room temperature eggs in water and simmer 3-4 minutes. Remove eggs with slotted spoon and cool under running water.
- Serve asparagus and eggs alongside baby carrots, radishes and little gem lettuce. Drape prosciutto slices over some vegetables and between others.
- To make dip: In small bowl, whisk miso, lemon juice and water until smooth. Add yogurt, herbs and salt. Season generously with cracked pepper, to taste; mix and serve with platter.
Source: Prosciutto di Parma
(Family Features) Settling in for an afternoon of gridiron action calls for football food from dips and appetizers to full-blown feasts. Whether you’re a diehard fan, casual observer or just there for the game time grub, a full day of “homegating” requires flavorful eats to refuel the crowd.
One of the easiest ways to take your menu from benchwarmer to superstar status is to add foods from one of the country’s top authentic Mexican food brands, Cacique, to your playbook. For example, flavor-packed, heaping Cheesy Chorizo Nachos can score a touchdown at your gathering, even among the pickiest of fans. When the game is on the line, call on this dish to keep your team satisfied from kickoff to the final whistle.
Made with crumbly, creamy, pleasantly milky queso fresco; authentic real cheese queso dip that’s ready in minutes; robust, spicy pork chorizo; fresh-tasting Crema Mexicana; and small-batch homestyle salsa, this shareable dish can feed a houseful of hungry fans. Ready in less than an hour, it’s a perfect solution for pregame baking so it’s ready just before the coin toss.
To find more game day recipes, visit CaciqueInc.com.
Cheesy Chorizo Nachos
- 1 package Cacique Pork Chorizo
- 1 package Cacique Queso Blanco Queso Dip
- 1 can (15 ounces) refried beans
- 2 tablespoons water, plus additional, if necessary
- 1 bag (12 ounces) tortilla chips
- 1 package Cacique Ranchero Queso Fresco
- 1/2 cup Cacique Crema Mexicana
- 1 large jalapeno, sliced thin
- 2 radishes, sliced thin
- fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
- guacamole, for serving
- Cacique Mild Homestyle Salsa, for serving
- In large nonstick skillet or well-seasoned cast-iron pan over medium-low heat, cook pork chorizo, using spoon to break it up. Stir regularly until completely warmed through and deep brown, scraping crispy bits from bottom of pan.
- Microwave queso dip 2-3 minutes until heated through.
- In medium bowl, thin refried beans with water. Beans should be thick but nearly pourable; add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary.
- Heat oven to 350 F.
- To assemble nachos, add half the tortilla chips to 13-by-9-inch rectangular baking dish. Use spoon to drizzle half the queso dip and half the refried beans evenly over chips, distributing as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with half the crumbled queso fresco. Repeat with remaining chips, queso dip, beans and crumbled queso fresco. Bake 5-8 minutes until crumbled queso fresco softens and queso dip is creamy.
- Remove from oven then drizzle with crema Mexicana and scatter pork chorizo over top. Garnish with sliced jalapenos, radishes and fresh cilantro. Serve with guacamole and salsa.
(Family Features) Few moments make summers quite as special as family meals, whether you’re soaking up the sun’s rays on the patio or beating the heat at the dining room table. You can make evenings the highlight of the day with loved ones by centering dinner around the flavors of the season.
Fish, for example, is a popular choice for many with its lighter texture and a flavor profile that’s easily paired with a variety of veggies. These Blackened Salmon Sliders with Pickled Beet Relish can feed a family in a fun, handheld way with Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets serving as a perfect partner for the fish fillets.
No summer dinner is complete without a side dish like this BLT Potato Salad. A trio of classic warm-weather ingredients – bacon, lettuce, tomato – blend together with READ German Potato Salad and a homemade vinegar-based dressing for a delightful spin on a family favorite.
Blackened Salmon Sliders with Pickled Beet Relish
Recipe courtesy of tarateaspoon.com
Prep time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 sliders (2 per serving)
- 4 single-serve cups Aunt Nellie's Diced Pickled Beets
- 1 finely chopped scallion (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup shredded radishes
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup finely crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 teaspoons chopped oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 2 pounds salmon fillets, skinless
- 3 tablespoons blackened seasoning
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 12 slider buns
- 1 cup baby arugula
- Drain beets well. In medium bowl, combine diced beets, scallions and radishes. Set aside.
- In small bowl, combine yogurt, feta, parsley and oregano. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper. Set aside.
- Cut salmon into 12 roughly 2 1/2-inch squares, about 1/2-inch thick. Slice thick parts of fillets in half to make thinner, if needed.
- Sprinkle fillets with salt, to taste, on both sides. Sprinkle evenly with blackened seasoning until well coated.
- Heat nonstick skillet or cast-iron pan over medium heat and add oil. Add salmon, in batches if needed, and cook, turning once, until salmon is crisped and almost cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove and let rest.
- Spread each slider bun with about 1 tablespoon yogurt sauce. Layer arugula, salmon and beet relish on each slider and serve.
BLT Potato Salad
Recipe courtesy of eazypeazymealz.com
Prep time: 20 minutes
- 1 can (15 ounces) READ German Potato Salad
- 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 6 slices crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Place potato salad in large bowl. Gently stir in diced tomatoes and onion.
- Add arugula; stir gently to combine. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
- To make dressing: In bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Drizzle over potato salad to serve.
Source: Seneca Foods
(Family Features) One of the secrets to ordering less takeout and serving more nutritious homemade meals may be as simple as keeping a well-stocked pantry of canned foods. By cooking with canned foods, you can cut down prep time, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time with family.
Canned fruits, vegetables, proteins and soups can help you get through the week with creative meals you can feel good about serving your family like Panzanella Salad and Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chili. In addition, according to a study published in “Nutrients,” kids and adults who use six or more canned foods per week are more likely to have diets higher in 17 essential nutrients, including potassium, calcium and fiber.
Canned foods can also help reduce the amount of perishable fruits and vegetables purchased then thrown away. how many times you’ve opened the fridge only to find the fresh produce you purchased only days ago has already spoiled. Because fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of ripeness and canned within four hours, sealing in their nutrition and flavor, your family can have access to seasonal, ready-to-use fruits and vegetables year-round. Simply reach in your pantry – or your “cantry” – and get cooking.
For more information about the benefits of cooking with canned foods and to find more flavorful recipes, visit CansGetYouCooking.com.
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
- 1 pound day-old Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 8 ounces romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 cans (10 ounces each) tomato wedges
- 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) garbanzo beans
- 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) artichoke hearts
- 1 can (3.8 ounces) olives
- 1 can (1 1/2 ounces) sliced radishes
- To make dressing: In small bowl, stir together olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- To assemble salad: In large bowl, toss bread cubes, lettuce, tomato wedges, beans, artichoke hearts, olives and radishes; drizzle with dressing.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4-8 hours
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cans (12 1/2 ounces each) white premium chunk chicken breast, drained
- 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste, plus additional, to taste
- 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 can (13 1/2 ounces) coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, drained
- 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) whole potatoes, drained and cubed
- 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) sliced carrots, drained
- 3 tablespoons lime juice, plus additional, to taste
- salt, to taste
- brown rice, cooked according to package instructions (optional)
- cilantro, for garnish
- salted peanuts, for garnish
- Grease slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, chicken, tomatoes, red curry paste, peanut butter, brown sugar, ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce and soy sauce to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours.
- Uncover and stir in chickpeas, potatoes, carrots and lime juice. Taste and add lime juice and salt, to taste, if necessary.
- Serve on top of brown rice, if desired, and garnish with cilantro and peanuts.
Source: Can Manufacturers Institute
(Family Features) When your taste buds can’t settle on just one flavor, a fusion dish may be just the answer. Fusion dishes combine some of the best ethnic culinary traditions from around the world, and Asian influences are among the most popular building blocks for fusion cuisine.
One secret to achieving great fusion dishes is the use of cooking wines. For many chefs and home cooks alike, cooking wine is a go-to cooking essential because it can be used in everyday meals. With its versatile array of uses, an option like Holland House®, a line of flavor-enhancing, premium cooking wines, can boost any dish with one of five flavors including Marsala, Sherry, White, Red and White with Lemon.
In addition to these featured dishes, you can find more quick tips for boosting the flavor of your everyday meals on the label of each bottle and explore more recipes at HollandHouseFlavors.com.
Sweet and Spicy Korean-Chinese Fusion Cauliflower Bites
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4, about 1 1/2 cups per portion
- 6 cups fresh cauliflower florets
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small fresh yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 1 tablespoon Korean-style chili flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh green onions
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Heat oven to 400° F.
- In large bowl, toss cauliflower, sesame oil and salt until well coated. Arrange on nonstick baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and tender.
- In small bowl, whisk cooking wine, honey, soy sauce, vinegar and cornstarch until well blended; set aside.
- In large, nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add yellow onions and garlic; cook 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in chili flakes and wine mixture.
- Return pan to stove and adjust to medium heat. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring 1-2 minutes, or until thickened. Add cooked cauliflower; stir gently to coat.
- Transfer cauliflower to serving dish. Top with green onions and sesame seeds.
Tips: The sauce mixture can also be used on chicken wings or grilled pork chops. In place of Korean-style chili flakes, use 1 teaspoon regular crushed red pepper flakes or 1 tablespoon Aleppo pepper.
Lettuce-Wrapped Korean Short Ribs
Prep time: 10 minutes, plus marinating
Cook time: 4 minutes
Servings: 4, about 6 ounces (pre-cooked) per portion
- 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced, boneless beef short ribs
- 1 cup Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine
- 6 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup roasted garlic paste
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions, divided
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 head fresh romaine lettuce, separated into large leaves
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh red radishes
- 1/2 cup shredded fresh carrots dipping sauce
- In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle evenly over short rib slices, gently rubbing into both sides. Place in re-sealable plastic bag.
- In bowl, whisk cooking wine, sesame oil, garlic paste, soy sauce and remaining brown sugar. Pour half of mixture into bag with meat and add 1/4 cup green onions. To marinate, refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours.
- In small saucepan, whisk remaining wine mixture and cornstarch until smooth. Bring to simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook 1 minute, or until thickened, stirring constantly. Set aside until cool. Stir in 2 tablespoons green onions.
- Heat grill to medium-high.
- Remove ribs from marinade, allowing excess to drip off. Discard marinade. Grill 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Cut ribs into 1-inch pieces. Serve with remaining green onions, lettuce, radishes, carrots and warm dipping sauce.
Tips: For fusion tacos, substitute corn or flour tortillas for lettuce leaves. In place of garlic paste, 2 tablespoons minced garlic can be substituted.
Sizzling Asian Vegetable Fried Rice with Savory White Wine Glaze
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4-6, about 1 cup per portion
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh chopped yellow onions
- 1 cup fresh small white mushrooms, quartered
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh zucchini
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh red bell peppers
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh yellow bell peppers
- 3 cups cold, cooked, long-grain white rice
- 1/2 cup Holland House White Cooking Wine
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1/2 cup fresh green onions, sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat heavy-bottomed, nonstick skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil, garlic and onions. Stir-fry 1-2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, red bell peppers and yellow bell peppers; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add rice; stir-fry 3 minutes.
- Add cooking wine; stir-fry 2 minutes, or until dry. Add oyster sauce; stir-fry 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in green onions, sesame oil and black pepper. Transfer to dish or bowl and serve.
Tip: To turn into a main course, add cooked beef, chicken or pork and serve topped with a fried egg.
Source: Holland House