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Holiday Season Prelude

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  • 1.1. 2. 3. Fiesta Dip Ingredients 2 Avocados, ripe 3 Scallions, thinly sliced cup Cilantro leaves, fresh 1 tablespoon Lemon juice, fresh teaspoon salt 1 cup Peach salsa 1 cup Sour Cream, light or low fat 8 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, grated cup Black olives, coarsely chopped Tortilla chips Method In a small bowl, combine avocados, scallion, cilantro, lemon juice and salt until blended and chunky, not smooth. Spoon avocado mixture into bottom of medium serving bowl. Top with salsa, sour cream, cheese and olives. Serve with tortilla chips. Prep Active: 10 Minutes Total Time: 30 Minutes Source: Hannaford Fresh-Holiday 2005 (10 servings)

2. 1. 2. 3. Holiday Mushroom Bruschetta Ingredients 2-3 Tablespoons Unsalted butter 12 ounces Fresh button mushrooms, sliced 12 Tablespoons Mayonnaise 12 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 medium Onion, chopped 1 medium Baguette Salt & pepper, to taste Method Melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet. Saut mushrooms and set aside. Combine next 4 ingredients (except remaining butter) in a bowl and gently fold in mushrooms. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Slice baguette into 1/2" pieces. Spread butter on top. Spoon mushroom topping (heaping teaspoon) atop each piece and place on greased cookie sheet. Broil in the oven for 3 minutes or until bruschetta tops have browned. Serve immediately. Notes To make ahead: Complete Step #1 and refrigerate holiday bruschetta overnight. 3. Prep Active: 15 Minutes Total Time: 2 Hours Refrigerate: 2 Hours Source: Hannaford Fresh-Holiday 2005 (10 servings) 4. 1. 2. Candied Walnut, Pear, and Leafy Green Salad The sweet, crunchy nuts are great on their own--make a double batch, and give some as a gift. Ingredients cup sugar cup chopped walnuts, toasted Cooking spray teaspoon kosher salt, divided 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoons Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon capers, chopped 4 cups torn green leaf lettuce 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce 4 cups chopped radicchio 1 ripe red Anjou pear, thinly sliced teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Method Place sugar in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly (about 1 minute). Continue cooking 1 minute or until golden (do not stir). Remove from heat; carefully stir in nuts to coat evenly. Spread nuts on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; separate nuts quickly. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside until cool; break into small pieces. 2. Combine vinegar and mustard, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil, 5. 2. 3. stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in capers. 3. Combine lettuces and radicchio; top with pear and candied walnuts. Drizzle dressing evenly over salad; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Notes Wine note: A crisp white with almost any green salad, and Candied Walnut, Pear, and Leafy Green Salad is no exception. 2007 Pinon Vouvray Cuve Tradition ($16) has a gorgeous nose of honey and lemon peel that resonates perfectly with the candied nuts and pears Source: Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2009 (8 servings) 6. 1. 2. 3. Roasted Holiday Pork Loin Ingredients 4 pounds Boneless Pork Loin 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter 1 medium Spanish onion, diced 1 bulb Fennel, cleaned & cut into strips 1 medium Pear, pared and diced 1 cup Dried figs, quartered cup Dried apricots, quartered pinch Allspice pinch Cinnamon pinch Kosher salt, to taste Coarse ground pepper, to taste cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar 3 cups Country White Bread, cubed Mustard Rub: cup Cranberry Mustard cup Extra virgin olive oil Method To butterfly pork loin, use a long thin knife and slice pork halfway through, end to end. Melt butter in large saut pan, add onion and fennel and saut for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add pear, dried fruits, spices, chicken broth and brown sugar. Continue to simmer 4-5 minutes. Mix bread cubes with cooked fruit mixture and adjust seasonings. 7. 4. 5. Stuff loin and tie, every three inches with cooking twine. Glaze with mustard rub. Heat a large saut pan with olive oil and sear pork on all sides. Transfer to long baking dish or sheet pan. Bake in 350 oven 25-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165. Let pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Prep Active: 45 Minutes Total Time: 2 Hours Source: Hannaford Fresh-Holiday 2005 (10 servings) 8. 1. 2. 3. Zesty Broccoli Casserole Regular breadcrumbs can be used in place of the panko. If the broccoli florets are very large, cut them into bite-sized pieces. Ingredients 3 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli florets, thawed Cooking spray 1 cups fat-free milk 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour teaspoon salt teaspoon freshly ground black pepper cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese cup (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise cup chopped onion (about 1/2 medium) 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and sliced cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) 2 teaspoons butter, melted Method Preheat oven to 375. Arrange broccoli in an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; set aside. Combine milk, flour, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cheddar and cream cheeses; stir until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise, onion, and water chestnuts. Spoon cheese mixture evenly over broccoli. 9. 4. Place panko in a small bowl. Drizzle with butter, and toss. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture evenly over cheese mixture. Lightly spray breadcrumb layer with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble and breadcrumbs brown. Prep Active: 10 Minutes Bake: 25 Minutes Source: Cooking Light, JULY 2006 (10 servings) 10. 1. 2. 3. 4. Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups Ingredients 1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury Ready to Bake! refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies) 4 teaspoons sugar cup Fisher Chefs Naturals Chopped Walnuts, finely chopped cup Hersheys semi-sweet chocolate baking chips cup Smuckers Seedless Red Raspberry Jam 1 cups vanilla bean ice cream, softened 24 fresh raspberries Method Heat oven to 350F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with Crisco Original No- Stick Cooking Spray. Place 1 cookie dough round in each muffin cup. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Place 2 teaspoons of the sugar in small bowl. Dip end of wooden spoon handle in sugar; carefully press into center of each cookie to make 1-inch-wide indentation. Cool completely in pan, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix walnuts and remaining 2 teaspoons sugar; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds, until smooth. Run knife around edges of cups to loosen; gently remove from pan. Dip rim of each cup into melted chocolate, then into walnut mixture. Place walnut side up on cookie sheet with sides. 11. 5. 6. In another small microwavable bowl, microwave jam uncovered on High about 15 seconds until melted. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon jam into each cup. Freeze cups about 5 minutes or until chocolate is set. Spoon ice cream into cups, using small cookie scoop or measuring tablespoon. Top each cup with fresh raspberry. Store in freezer; let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before serving. Source: Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner (24 servings)

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