Holiday season is here! Every year, I like to share my top 3 holiday entertaining recipes with my readers. Here are this year’s picks!
Pumpkin Cheesecake: A delicious alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie, it’s easy to turn this dessert into a showstopper by topping it with a caramel swirl or drizzle. (In my photo above, I mixed a little cream cheese, sour cream, half n half, and sugar together to create a creamy layer that I spread over top of the cake after it had cooled. Then I swirled in the caramel.) Instead of graham crackers, I like to use Biscoff cookies or gingersnaps for the crust. Some people like to add chopped pecans too. No matter the crust variation you choose, this one’s always a holiday favorite! http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/deluxe-pumpkin-cheesecake
Caramelized Pecans: This is a super-simple treat that can be used a ton of ways. Keep out bowls of the crunchy, salty-sweet nuts as a snack. Chop them up and add them to cookie dough, sprinkle them over salads, top sweet potatoes with them, or use them in the aforementioned cheesecake crust – the ways to use this treat are endless, as are the variations. Add spices like cinnamon or cayenne to kick things up a notch, and throw in a little extra flaky sea salt to bring out the salty-sweet contrast. http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/08/how-to-caramelize-nuts/
Roasted Brussels Sprouts w/ Maple Vinaigrette: One of the few ways to get me to eat my green veggies is to roast them till they get a little crispy, then toss them in this super simple vinaigrette. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts maple syrup, then toss with freshly-roasted brussels sprouts. (This also works well with roasted broccoli). Divine!
Family Favorite Bonus: Cream Corn Like No Other
Because this recipe is always a huge hit with my family, I had to share it again this year. This recipe is perfect as written. Don’t worry that you’re making too much – it will get devoured. On the off chance that there are leftovers, it reheats wonderfully. Add some freshly chopped rosemary, thyme, and/or freshly grated nutmeg for a gourmet twist. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cream-corn-like-no-other/
Happy Holidays everyone!