Breakfast & Brunch 18 March 2019

Go Big on Brunch

(Family Features) Building out a full menu to please your brunch guests with simple, tasty recipes can help create a fun, flavorful atmosphere when it’s time for a morning bite.

By making a variety of dishes to accommodate an array of personal tastes, you can give friends and family the flavors they desire. With choices like Apple Strudel Pancakes and Mini Hash Brown Casseroles, you can fulfill a multitude of food groups from grains and fruits to dairy and meat. Allow the adults at your gathering to top off the meal with a spicy take on this Watermelon Bloody Mary, featuring simple preparation and a handful of garnish options.

Find more brunch recipes at Culinary.net.

Add Apples to Your Brunch Buffet

As part of a balanced brunch, these Apple Strudel Pancakes feature whole grains rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins to provide energy for you and your guests. With a rich, nutty flavor, buckwheat flour complements the sweet taste of apples and maple syrup for a twist on traditional pancakes. Find more nutritious recipes at aicr.org.

Apple Strudel Pancakes

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research

Servings: 8

Apple Strudel Mixture:

  • 1          cup water
  • 1/4       cup raisins
  • 1          tablespoon butter
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3       cup thoroughly chopped walnuts
  • 1          large apple, peeled, cored and chopped

Batter:

  • 1          cup buckwheat flour
  • 1          cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          eggs
  • 2          cups 1 percent buttermilk
  • 1/4       cup safflower oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • maple syrup
  1. To make apple strudel mixture: Boil water; add raisins. Remove from heat and let steep until raisins are plump and reconstituted, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In shallow pan over medium heat, add butter. Once butter melts and is bubbling, stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Cook about 3 minutes until sugar starts to dissolve. Add walnuts, apples and raisins. Cook apples until just tender when pierced with fork, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. To make batter: In large bowl, mix flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, beat eggs lightly and mix with buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, mixing as little as possible. Add apple strudel mixture and fold all ingredients together. Set aside.
  5. Heat nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. Grease pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Once pan is hot, ladle about 1/4 cup batter per pancake taking care not to overcrowd pan. After 2-3 minutes, flip pancakes once.
  6. Serve pancakes warm with syrup.

A Small Brunch Bite

A full brunch menu calls for small bites on the side to complement the multitude of flavors brought on by a variety of brunch dishes.

For a clever option that’s quick to make, these Mini Hash Brown Casseroles provide a morsel bursting with flavor to pair with just about any morning meal. Made with refrigerated Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, which are pre-shredded for a faster fridge to fork kitchen experience, you can make a batch of the tasty cups in less than an hour.

Find more brunch solutions and recipes at simplypotatoes.com.

Mini Hash Brown Casseroles

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 1          package refrigerated Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
  • 1          pound Bob Evans Farms Original Sausage Roll
  • 4          large eggs
  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 3          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1          cup ham, cubed
  • 1          cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Remove hash browns from refrigerator and let rest.
  3. In skillet, cook sausage according to package directions.
  4. Lightly grease two 12-cup muffin tins. In bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add hash browns, butter, ham, red pepper, black pepper and cheese; mix.
  5. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 27-30 minutes. Serve warm.

Sipping on Sweet and Spicy

Take your brunch the extra mile with a twist on the traditional mid-morning beverage. By adding jalapeno and horseradish to this Watermelon Bloody Mary, you’ll have a spicy, tasty version of a traditional brunch drink ready for your guests.

With watermelon balancing out the jalapeno, it’s an ideal balance of spicy and sweet with just the right amount of kick. Find more brunch recipes at watermelon.org.

Watermelon Bloody Mary

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Yield: 4 cocktails

  • 2          cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1          medium jalapeno pepper, stem removed, chopped
  • 2          limes, juice only
  • 6          ounces low-sodium tomato juice
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1          teaspoon horseradish
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/3       cup vodka
  • lime wedges
  • chili lime salt
  • ice
  • 4          bamboo skewers (6 inches long)
  • watermelon wedges (optional)
  • prosciutto (optional)
  • cucumber slices (optional)
  • jalapeno slices (optional)
  • green olives (optional)
  1. In blender, blend watermelon cubes and jalapeno pepper until completely smooth. Pour mixture through fine sieve set over pitcher.
  2. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, fish sauce, horseradish and hot sauce, to taste, to pitcher; stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add vodka and stir.
  3. Line rims of four glasses with lime juice from lime wedges; dip in chili lime salt poured on plate. Carefully put ice in each glass and divide Watermelon Bloody Mary mixture evenly.
  4. Add garnishes, as desired, by skewering watermelon wedges, prosciutto, cucumber, jalapeno and green olives. Place garnishes in glasses and serve.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Pancakes)

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research
Simply Potatoes
National Watermelon Promotion Board

Meal Ideas 15 March 2019

Simple, Savory Solutions for Busy Families

(Family Features) Quick, effortless recipes are the cornerstone of making hassle-free meals and snacks that work for active families. Adding simplicity to your kitchen repertoire can make it a little easier on everyone, creating more quality time spent around the table and less time in the kitchen.

Whether you’re meal prepping the kids’ school lunches for the week or whipping up a last minute snack, one kitchen staple to consider picking up on your next grocery run is Eckrich deli meats.

As a make-ahead meal that can be sent with your kids (or yourself) for lunch, these Ham and Turkey Roll-ups take just a few minutes of rolling together some family-favorite tastes. Using simple recipes with Oven Roasted Turkey Breast and Black Forest Ham as the main ingredients allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying life’s little moments with loved ones.

While creating make-ahead lunches can come in handy, arguably just as important is the meal that gets the day started: breakfast. Saving time in the morning, especially on busy weekdays, can be a lifesaver for families who value spending time together.

One solution can be these Deli Ham Breakfast All Day Tacos, featuring the consistent quality of perfectly seasoned Eckrich Deli Ham Off the Bone. A handful of ingredients and a pan are all you need to create a handheld breakfast for everyone in the family.

Find more fast, flavorful meals the entire family can enjoy at eckrich.com .

Ham and Turkey Roll-ups

Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4          ounces Eckrich Deli Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 4          ounces Eckrich Deli Black Forest Ham
  • lettuce leaves
  • 2          tablespoons chunky guacamole
  • 1/4       cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1          tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2          slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  1. Layer turkey and ham slices. Layer lettuce, guacamole, cucumber, cheese and bacon crumbles. Roll meat and insert toothpick to hold. Include additional toppings, as desired.

Deli Ham Breakfast All Day Tacos

Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 8          soft corn tortillas
  • oil
  • 1          cup Eckrich Deli Ham Off the Bone, cubed
  • handful green bell peppers, chopped
  • handful red bell peppers, chopped
  • 8          eggs
  • 2          tablespoons milk
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1/2       cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream (optional)
  • cilantro (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  1. In pan over low heat, warm tortillas, flipping after 15 seconds. Remove. Increase heat to medium; add oil and warm ham; set aside.
  2. In same pan, saute peppers. Add eggs, milk, salt and pepper until eggs are cooked. Add cheese and ham.
  3. Spoon mixture onto tortillas. Top with sour cream, cilantro and salsa, if desired.

Source: Eckrich

Meal Ideas 15 March 2019

Fast Family Meals as Easy as 1-2-3

(Family Features) As summer comes to an end and the reality of back-to-school season sets in, it can be challenging to get organized and jump back into your day-to-day routine. But even as things get hectic, it's still possible to create delicious dishes that leave you plenty of time to savor meals together as a family using a few simple tips and tricks.

Whether the weeknight dinner rush puts you in a panic or you're simply looking to spice up the same old lunchbox staples, these three steps will make it easy to assemble quick, flavorful dishes ideal for the busy back-to-school season.

1. Plan a weekly menu and shop accordingly so you can avoid scrounging to piece together a meal from the odds and ends in the pantry on a night when you're already pressed for time. Meal planning eliminates all of the guesswork, so your family can enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals while also saving time, money and stress.

2. Rely on a versatile, easy meal-helper that lends itself to a variety of preparations, such as Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. Packed with protein and already seasoned with juicy, delicious flavor, it's the perfect base for any weeknight meal. For a hassle-free dinner, try Pork with Balsamic Glaze and Rosemary, which is ready in just 30 minutes from start to finish - less time than it takes the kids to finish their homework.

3. Opt for simple, flavorful dishes that don't require a ton of ingredients or multiple sides. A zesty take on a traditional favorite, this South of the Border Pizza is convenient, kid-friendly and a great way to banish lunchtime boredom. Use this recipe as a starting point then experiment with more toppings to create your own unique family recipe.

Find more family friendly and time-saving recipe ideas at Smithfield.com.

Pork with Balsamic Glaze and Rosemary

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch thick chops
  • 1/4 cup prepared balsamic vinegar glaze
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  1. In large, nonstick skillet, heat half the oil over medium heat.
  2. Working in two batches, cook pork chops 4-5 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 150 F. Remove pork from skillet and place on rimmed serving platter; cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and pork chops.
  3. Serve pork chops drizzled with balsamic glaze and sprinkled with rosemary.

South of the Border Pizza

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

  • 2 French bread sandwich rolls, halved
  • 8 tablespoons refried black beans
  • 8 tablespoons (2 ounces) Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked Diced Ham
  • 8 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 tablespoons picante sauce
  • 4 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Place four French bread halves on ungreased sheet pan. Spread 2 tablespoons beans evenly over each bread half.
  3. Top each half with 2 tablespoons ham and two cheese slices.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven; top each pizza with 1 tablespoon picante sauce and 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Source: Smithfield

Kids 01 September 2018

School Mornings Made Easy

(Family Features) Most parents know the first few weeks of school season and new daily routines can be hectic. From stocking up on school supplies to finishing up homework, there's few unused minutes in the day.

One thing that's particularly easy to forget in the mad dash to catch the bus or make it to morning drop-off is a well-balanced, protein-packed breakfast. According to a No Kid Hungry study, when students have a balanced breakfast in the morning, they are more likely to attend school and perform better on standardized tests.

Start the school year off right by giving your kids a breakfast they'll love that also provides the protein they need to kick-start their day. Recipes like Simple Ham and Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches or Baked Eggs in Avocado can be ready in minutes and provide fuel long past the first morning school bell.

As a simple time-saver, Smithfield offers pre-diced, cubed and sliced ham that can make breakfast a breeze any day of the week. Incorporate it into a simple breakfast sandwich for a protein boost you can enjoy on-the-go. Served crispy or chewy depending on your preference, Thick Cut Bacon also puts a savory spin on nearly any breakfast plate, whether paired with eggs and avocado or a simple side of toast.

For more information and breakfast ideas, visit smithfield.com.

Simple Ham and Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches

Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 8 frozen prepared waffles, toasted
  • 8 ounces Smithfield Anytime Favorites Quarter Boneless Sliced Ham, any flavor
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 slices cheddar or American cheese
  • maple syrup (optional)
  1. Prepare waffles according to package directions; keep warm.
  2. In nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook ham slices until lightly browned, about 30 seconds per side; keep warm. In same skillet over medium heat, fry eggs until desired doneness.
  3. Lay out four waffles and top each with sliced cheese, ham and fried egg, topping with remaining waffles to finish. Serve warm with maple syrup, if desired.

Tip: Try spreading fruit jam on your sandwich for a change of pace.

Baked Eggs in Avocado

Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 large avocados
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 strips Smithfield Thick Cut Bacon, diced and cooked until crispy
  • 1 cup blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  1. Heat oven to 450 F. Spray baking sheet or glass baking pan with cooking spray. Cut avocados in half. Scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of avocado to create well for eggs. Place avocados flesh-side up on prepared baking sheet or glass pan.
  2. Gently crack one egg in each avocado well, making sure to keep yolk intact. Bake 10 minutes, or until eggs reach desired temperature. Remove.
  3. Top with bacon pieces, blue cheese and cilantro.

Source: Smithfield

Breakfast & Brunch 30 August 2018

Farmer's Casserole

Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer's Casserole recipe.  You'll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapenos.  You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven.

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Farmer's Casserole

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham, cooked breakfast sausage or Canadian-style bacon
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange hash browns evenly in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle cheese, ham, and green onions over hash browns.
  2. In a bowl combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper and jalapenos. Pour egg mixture over hash brown mixture in dish.
  3. Bake, uncovered, in a 350° F oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  4. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Culinary.net

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Meal Ideas 11 June 2018

Flavorful Foods for Outdoor Family Fun

(Family Features) Summer can be jam-packed with camps, family reunions and more, and people can sometimes miss opportunities to enjoy time together. This summer, savor and celebrate those simple yet memorable backyard moments with friends and family that make the season unforgettable.

Soak in the warm weather and try fresh and flavorful recipes al fresco. Dress your table with a bright tablecloth and a full spread of summer barbecue staples and ice-cold drinks. For example, you can reinvent a summer grilling classic with these Hawaiian Ham Skewers, which combine the smokiness of Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham with the sweetness of fresh pineapple.

As the sun begins to set, invite friends and family for a backyard game night, outdoor movie or bonfire. Gather around the fire and take your s’mores to the next level with Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon for a perfect savory and sweet combination. Wrap your toasted marshmallow with bacon and squish it between melted chocolate and graham crackers for a treat to end a long summer day.

To find more summer entertaining tips and recipes, visit Smithfield.com.
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Hawaiian Ham Skewers

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4-6

Hawaiian Glaze:

  • 1/2       cup ketchup
  • 1/2       cup pineapple juice
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4       cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1          tablespoon ginger root, minced or grated

Ham Skewers:

  • 4-6       skewers
  • 1 1/2    pounds Smithfield Ham Steaks, cut into 1 1/2-2-inch squares
  • 1          large red onion, cut into eight wedges, root end intact
  • 2-3       sweet bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2-2-inch pieces
  • 1/2       fresh pineapple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 4          ounces fresh button or crimini mushrooms, halved (optional)
  • 1          green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish
  1. To prepare glaze: In small bowl, whisk ketchup, pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic and ginger root until combined; reserve, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high. Skewer ham, onion, bell pepper, pineapple and mushrooms by alternating pieces and brush with about one-third of glaze.
  3. Grill 8-12 minutes, or until slightly charred and vegetables are cooked as desired, turning as needed. Glaze skewers about halfway through cooking and again before serving. Garnish with green onion.

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Bacon S’mores

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 4          strips any variety Smithfield Bacon
  • 8          marshmallows
  • 2          chocolate bars (about 3 ounces), broken into eight pieces
  • 8          graham crackers, broken into squares
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. On lightly sprayed, foil-lined, rimmed baking pan, separate strips of bacon; lay flat in single layer and gently stretch each strip 1-2 inches. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until bacon begins to curl and edges just start to crisp, rotating pan halfway through cooking. Remove bacon from pans with spatula while warm, draining briefly on absorbent paper; reserve.
  3. Cut bacon slices in half crosswise and tightly wrap around marshmallows, securing with skewer or roasting stick. Roast marshmallows over open fire until toasty brown on edges, being careful not to burn or ignite marshmallows.
  4. Immediately sandwich roasted marshmallows between two graham crackers with piece of chocolate.

Source:  Smithfield

Meal Ideas 16 March 2018

An Easy, Excellent Easter

(Family Features) Amazing food is the centerpiece of most holiday gatherings. This Easter, impress guests with your culinary talent by making simple dishes simply amazing. With a little special attention, even the most basic foods can evolve into dishes worth sharing with loved ones.

Most chefs agree that spices and seasonings are essential elements of your kitchen arsenal. This Easter, give your spread a boost with spices and herbs of the highest quality, such as those from Spice Islands, which crafts and packages spices and herbs from around the world to deliver the most authentic and intense flavor possible.

Sensational Cinnamon

With its rich hue and warm aroma, cinnamon can bring spicy sweetness to all kinds of baked goods. However, all cinnamon is not the same. There are two main varieties of cinnamon, Indonesian and Vietnamese.

Vietnamese, which is used in the Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon featured in these recipes, tends to have a brighter, spicy taste. The forests of Vietnam are known for their premium cinnamon. High in volatile oils, the Vietnamese cinnamon trees produce a deep, reddish-brown cinnamon with an intense fragrance and sweet, red-hot-candy-like flavor.

Update your traditional ham with a spicy, honeyed glaze; give a side serving of carrots a tasty twist and end the affair on a sweet note with a rustic, utterly delicious dessert. Find more flavorful ideas to elevate your Easter menu at spiceislands.com.

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Spiced Honey and Black Pepper-Glazed Ham

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 8-10     pounds cooked shank-end ham
  • water (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon Spice Islands Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1          tablespoon Spice Islands Ground Mustard
  • 1          tablespoon Spice Islands Garlic Powder
  • 1/2       cup honey
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons Spice Islands Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/2       teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Cloves
  1. Heat oven to 325° F.
  2. With sharp knife, score ham at 1-inch intervals; place in baking dish. If ham appears dry, moisten surface with water. In small bowl, combine black pepper, mustard and garlic powder. Rub pepper mixture over surface of ham. Roast according to package directions.
  3. Combine honey, cinnamon and cloves. Drizzle over ham during last 30 minutes of roasting. Remove ham from oven and let rest 20 minutes before slicing.

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Spiced Maple Carrots

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          pound (4 cups) baby carrots
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 1          teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  • 3/4       teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Ginger
  • 2          tablespoons Maple Grove Farms 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1          tablespoon butter
  • sea salt, to taste
  1. In large skillet, combine carrots, water, cinnamon and ginger. Mix well. Cover and cook on high 6 minutes until almost tender.
  2. Add maple syrup and butter. Mix well and continue to cook, uncovered, 2-3 minutes, until carrots are well-glazed. Season, to taste, with sea salt.

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Anise, Pear and Almond Crostata

Prep time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Crostata Crust:

  • 1 1/4    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1          stick butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and frozen
  • 1/2       teaspoon Spice Islands Fine Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • 1/4       cup ice water

Anise Almond Filling:

  • 1          cup blanched, slivered almonds
  • 3/4       teaspoon Spice Islands Anise Seeds
  • 1/3       cup sugar
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          teaspoon Spice Islands Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4       teaspoon Spice Islands Fine Mediterranean Sea Salt
  • 2          tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 3          Fiorelle or small pears, sliced into thin wedges
  • 2          tablespoons sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          large egg, beaten
  • 2          tablespoons Polaner Apricot Preserves, heated
  • cream or ice cream (optional)
  1. To make crust: In food processor, combine flour, frozen butter and salt. Pulse until dough is size of large peas. Add 3 tablespoons ice water and pulse several times. Pinch dough to see if it is holding together; if not, add water a couple of teaspoons at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition, until dough holds together. Form dough into disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 400° F.
  3. To make filling: In food processor, blend almonds, anise seeds, sugar, egg, vanilla and salt until paste forms. Add room temperature butter and blend again. Set aside.
  4. Toss sliced pears with 2 tablespoons sugar and lemon juice. Set aside.
  5. On sheet of floured parchment paper, roll out dough into 13-inch circle; transfer on parchment to rimless cookie sheet.
  6. Spread almond paste onto circle, leaving 2-inch border. Scatter pears on top, covering almond paste. Fold dough up and over pears, overlapping dough as needed. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle crust generously with extra sugar.
  7. Bake until pears are tender, 40-45 minutes. If crust starts to get too brown, lightly cover with foil. Remove tart from oven and brush pears with heated apricot preserves. Serve with cream or ice cream, if desired.

Source: Spice Islands

Breakfast & Brunch 16 March 2018

Reimagine a Creative Breakfast

(Family Features) Mornings for many people start with snoozing, scrubbing and hustling in a rush to get out the door on time, making it easy to fall into a rut when it comes to breakfast. From grabbing a cup of coffee or breakfast bar on-the-go to eating the same cereal every day, your morning meal could benefit from a little imagination.

Break from the mundane and reimagine breakfast for something a little more creative in the mornings. Upgrade bland breakfast toast with unique toppings and flavor combinations, like Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana Toast. The smokiness of Smithfield bacon pairs perfectly with the sweetness of peanut butter and banana for a flavor-filled breakfast. Available in a wide variety of flavors and cuts, like Cherrywood, Thick Cut and classic Hometown Original, it’s smoked and cured to perfection so you can incorporate it into breakfast recipes all week long.

Better yet, you don’t have to wake up early or spend hours in the kitchen to have a scrumptious start to your day.

With an easy option like Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham, the work is done for you so you’re well on your way to a wholesome breakfast in minutes. This Ham and Blueberry Toast can be the fresh take your morning needs.

For more creative and filling breakfast ideas, visit Smithfield.com.
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Ham and Blueberry Toast

Servings: 4

  • 3/4       cup cream cheese
  • 1          cup blueberries, divided
  • 4          slices sourdough bread
  • 1          cup Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked 8-ounce Boneless Ham Steak, cooked and cut into cubes
  • 1/4       cup pistachios
  • 1/2       cup microgreens
  1. In food processor, blend cream cheese and 1/2 cup blueberries until smooth.
  2. Toast bread until brown. Spread with blueberry cream cheese mixture. Top with ham steak cubes, remaining blueberries, pistachios and microgreens.

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Bacon, Peanut Butter and Banana Toast

Servings: 4

  • 4          slices whole-wheat toast
  • 3/4       cup peanut butter
  • 2          medium bananas
  • 1/3       cup shelled pistachios
  • 4          slices Smithfield Cherrywood Bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
  1. Toast bread until brown. Spread with peanut butter.
  2. Cut bananas into thin slices and place on top of peanut butter. Sprinkle with pistachios and bacon pieces.

Source: Smithfield

Meal Ideas 16 March 2018

An Affordable, Effortless Easter

(Family Features) Easter is all about festive family gatherings and good food. Whether you’re celebrating with your closest or hosting a larger crowd in your home, try these simple tips to keep everyone happy and full without blowing your budget.

Plan ahead: Don’t let the pressure of hosting the holidays stress you. A well-constructed game plan can help you stay on track with your spending goals. Before heading to the grocery store, take inventory of what you already have and create a list of the items you need. These simple steps can save you time and money in the long run.    

Find affordable ingredients and supplies: Grocery shopping can be a daunting task, especially with seemingly endless options. Shopping at a grocery store like ALDI helps you find everything you need in one quick and easy shopping trip, including high-quality, fresh, affordable foods for your Easter spread. While there, you can also pick up other Easter essentials like baskets, toys, bakeware, decor and more.  

Keep leftovers in mind: Food (and money) can go to waste when leftovers go uneaten. Instead of tossing out your forgotten leftovers, incorporate them into a whole new dish. Try these Holiday Ham Sliders using leftovers from main dishes such as Slow-Cooked Maple Ham.

Find more tips and recipes for an appetizing Easter at ALDI.us.
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Slow-Cooked Maple Ham

Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen   
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
Servings: 10

  • 20        ounces Sweet Harvest Pineapple Chunks
  • 8          pounds Appleton Farms Smoked Ham Butt
  • 1          cup Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1          cup Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon Stonemill Cinnamon
  • 1          tablespoon Burman’s Dijon Mustard
  • 1          teaspoon Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
  1. Pour pineapple into large slow cooker. Place ham on top of pineapple, flat-side down.
  2. In small bowl, combine syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, Dijon mustard and pepper. Pour over ham.
  3. Set slow cooker to low. Cook 4-5 hours.
  4. Remove ham; keep warm. Skim fat off top of remaining liquid in slow cooker.
  5. Pour liquid into small saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer; cook until reduced to desired consistency.
  6. Serve sauce on side or heat oven to broil and glaze ham. Broil 3-4 minutes for caramelized crust.

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Holiday Ham Sliders

Recipe courtesy of Chef Linsey, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Carlini Canola Cooking Spray
  • 3          ounces Happy Farms Preferred Cranberry White Cheddar, shredded
  • 3          ounces Happy Farms Preferred Plain Havarti Cheese, shredded
  • 12        ounces L'oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • 2          tablespoons Burman's Spicy Mustard
  • 1/4       cup sliced red onion
  • 12        ounces Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Half Ham
  • 1/4       cup sliced green apple
  • 4          tablespoons Countryside Creamery butter, melted
  • 1/2       teaspoon Stonemill Garlic Powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground Stonemill Sea Salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon Stonemill Parsley Flakes
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line 9-by-13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  3. In small bowl, combine cranberry white cheddar and havarti cheeses. Reserve.
  4. Remove entire package of rolls and, keeping rolls connected, slice in half horizontally.
  5. Place bottom half of rolls in baking pan. Spread with spicy mustard.
  6. Top with red onion, ham, apple, cheese mixture and bun tops.
  7. In small bowl, combine butter, garlic powder, salt and parsley flakes. Pour over sandwiches.
  8. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes.
  9. Remove foil. Bake 10 minutes more.
  10. Remove from pan and separate sandwiches; serve immediately.

Source: ALDI

Meal Ideas 03 November 2017

A Very Versatile Holiday

(Family Features) When planning this year’s holiday menu, consider building meals around a versatile main course that you can dress up or down and then integrate into easy leftover dishes. A ham is a perfect solution because it works equally well as the centerpiece of an elegant meal or as savory sliders to serve with chutney or hot mustard.

Beyond versatile ingredients, a winning holiday menu relies on proper preparation, and that’s why quality cookware is essential. An option like Anolon Gourmet Cookware is designed for superior performance that can help bring joy to cooking and features heavy-duty pan bodies and comfort-grip handles for safe and secure lifting and leverage. The aesthetically pleasing cookware’s premium-quality, nonstick surface provides lasting durability, effortless food release and easy clean up – perfect for the busy holiday season.

Ham it Up (or Down)

Ham is an ideal holiday protein because you can serve it as a centerpiece dish or as part of a more casual meal and still achieve great results either way. Make the most of this holiday favorite with these tips:

  • Be sure to get a ham big enough for leftovers. It's just as good sliced up for sandwiches or fried with eggs as it is when presented in its full glory out of the oven.
  • Think beyond the main table. A glazed ham is pretty on the table, but it's also delicious when served casually, for example on a sandwich bar with savory rolls, tangy mustards and other condiments.
  • If your holiday plans are up in the air, go ahead and make a ham in advance to keep on hand for casual meals during the busy holiday season or for a quick meal with unexpected guests.

Explore more cookware options to serve up your holiday best at anolon.com.

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Country Ham and Cheddar on Biscuits

Recipe courtesy of Anolon Gourmet Cookware
Servings: 24

Chutney:

  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • medium Anolon skillet
  • 1          small onion, finely chopped
  • 2          teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 3/4       teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4       cup dried currants
  • 3          tablespoons water
  • 2          tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4       cup apple jelly
  • 1          tablespoon country Dijon mustard
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt

Biscuits:

    • 2          cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder
    • 1          teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
    • 1/4       teaspoon baking soda
    • 1          teaspoon salt
    • 8          tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    • 3/4       cup low-fat buttermilk, plus 2 tablespoons
    • Anolon large nonstick baking sheet
    • 1          large egg yolk, beaten

 

  • 12        ounces country ham, thinly sliced
  • 6          slices (about 6 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese
  1. To make chutney: heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and ginger; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder and cinnamon; cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in currants and cook until slightly softened, 2 minutes.
  3. Add water and vinegar and cook until currants plump slightly, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in sugar and cook 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes. Stir in jelly, mustard and salt; refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. To make biscuits: Heat oven to 425° F.
  7. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, pepper, baking soda and salt. Using pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk until mixture is moistened.
  8. In bowl, knead dough 3-4 times to bring together. Press dough into disk and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 20-30 minutes. On lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Using 2-inch fluted biscuit cutter, start at outside edge of dough and cut out biscuits and set on baking sheet. Gently press dough scraps together and roll again to 1/2-inch thickness. Repeat to cut out 24 biscuits total. Brush tops of biscuits with egg yolk.
  9. Bake biscuits in center of oven until puffed and tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes.
  10. Split biscuits in half and set aside. Lay ham slices on cutting board in single layer. Using 2-inch fluted biscuit cutter, punch out 24 ham circles and place each on bottom half of biscuit. Lay cheese slices on cutting board and punch out 24 circles to place each on top of ham. Spoon chutney evenly on top of each biscuit then replace top half of each biscuit.

Note: Biscuits can be assembled several hours ahead of serving and kept in refrigerator.

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Cola and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Recipe courtesy of Anolon Gourmet Cookware
Servings: 14-16

  • 11-12   pounds shank half bone-in cooked ham
  • large Anolon roasting pan
  • 4          cups cola, divided
  • 2          cups orange juice, divided
  • 1/2       cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4       cup Dijon mustard
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Trim skin and excess fat off ham. With sharp knife, score ham all over in diamond pattern. Place ham in roasting pan then pour 1 cup cola and 1 cup orange juice over it. Cover pan with aluminum foil and roast 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  3. While ham roasts, in medium saucepan, combine remaining cola, orange juice, brown sugar and Dijon mustard. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat and cook about 45-48 minutes, until reduced to 1 cup and mixture is slightly syrupy.
  4. After ham roasts 1 hour and 15 minutes, remove foil and baste with glaze. Continue roasting and basting ham every 15 minutes with glaze until it is glossy and instant read thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145° F, about 1 hour and 15-30 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let rest 15-20 minutes before slicing.

Source: Anolon Gourmet Cookware

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