Appetizer: Naked Tortellini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A fun twist on a holiday favorite.

Directions

  1. Cook Tortellini and sauce as directed in cooking instructions.
  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice and cold water. Add Tortellini immediately after cooking to stop the cooking process. Drain.
  3. Pour warm sauce into bowl for dipping.
  4. Serve Tortellini (unsauced) with toothpicks for easy dipping.

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Appetizer: Steak Caprese Crostini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

The light, fresh flavors of our Steak Caprese combined with our Finishing Touch Garlic Bread.

Direction

  1. To start, grill or broil steaks as instructed. Let rest.
  2. Prepare Garlic Bread using the Crostini instructions.
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Unwrap bread and remove garlic butter portion cup.
    3. Cut French bread loaf diagonally, starting at the end and cut into ½ in. slices.
    4.  Lightly spread garlic butter evenly on the tops of each slice and lay on foil lined baking sheet. (soften butter in microwave, if needed)
    5. Bake bread butter side up 10-12 minutes until golden.
  3. Thinly slice steak and place two to three slices on each piece of bread.
  4.  Top with tomatoes, basil pesto and mozzarella.
  5.  Place back in the oven until cheese is melted.

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Appetizer: Sesame Glazed Meatballs

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Direction

  1. Cook as instructed.
  2. Skewer each with a toothpick for a savory treat.
  3. Add a drizzle of sauce for a pretty presentation.

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Appetizer: Buttery Bombay Chicken with Rice

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A flavorful appetizer that can be served with or without the rice.

Directions

  1. Cook rice as directed in the cooking instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, place butter in large sauté pan, melt over medium heat.
  3. Brown chicken 4 – 6 minutes per side. Set aside.
  4. Add sauce to pan and cook as instructed.
  5. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  6. Place a small spoonful of rice on each appetizer spoon.
  7. Top each spoon with a little sauce, a piece of chicken and sliced green onions.

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Appetizer: Parmesan Chicken Sliders

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A platter of these appetizer-sized sandwiches will be a big hit with both kids and adults.

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Appetizer: Golden Shrimp Skewers

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An elegant dish, made from our Golden Shrimp and Parmesan Risotto recipe, that is so easy to cook. It will leave your guests raving.

Directions

  1. Thread 3-4 shrimp on a 6-inch skewer
  2. Mix panko and butter as directed in the cooking instructions.
  3. Roll skewered shrimp in the panko and butter mixture, and place on a sprayed baking sheet. Sprinkle extra crumbs on top.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve on skewers.

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Appetizer: Turkey Parmesan Meatballs and Cavatappi Al Forno

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turkey-meatballs-appetizerIt’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

This meal plays double duty. You get two easy, homemade appetizers for the price of one!

Turkey Parmesan Meatballs

  • Shape meatballs and broil as instructed.
  • Place a small fork or toothpick into each meatball and serve.

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Our Under-construction Christmas

Discover ‘True Hospitality’ and Never be Intimidated Again
What kind of friend are you: the one who hosts or the one who’s often the guest? Sometimes we let self-doubt, fears, intimidation, or an imperfect environment inhibit us from having people over. We can easily confuse the food and presentation with the art of hospitality.

When you’re a guest, what’s more important: Gourmet food or feeling welcome and included? A well decorated environment or feeling loved by your host who is so glad you came? You see, hospitality is how we make people feel when we have them in our home.

construction-christmas-2Our last Christmas gathering is one I’m sure my family will never forget. Not because it was ‘perfect,’

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Holiday Family Night Ideas

Christmas, Holidays | December 20, 2013 | By

oasted_pecan_chickenThere’s no doubt that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. But even with all the shopping and prep work that needs to be done, the parties and get-togethers you plan to attend, it’s important to spend some time relaxing with your family.

Try making our Toasted Pecan Chicken with Mashed Potatoes for savory comfort food the whole family will love. Then whip up some hot chocolate and pick out a favorite holiday movie for a relaxing family movie night. Need movie ideas?

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Bake Cookies Day

Christmas, Holidays, Recipes | December 16, 2013 | By

Just a week before the Christmas holiday, Bake Cookies Day is the perfect reminder to make a few sweet treats to share with family and friends. To get you started, we’re sharing a cookie recipe handed down by co-founder Tina Kuna’s mother. Grandma Rue (as the grandkids who couldn’t pronounce her last name, Ruebush, called her) brought these scrumptious cookies to festive occasions, making every gathering extra special. Whether you’re planning on serving Christmas cookies to your kids, gifting a plateful to friends or participating in an annual cookie exchange, these cookies are sure to be a delicious addition.

Grandma Rue’s Peanut Butter Fingers
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup butter
  2. ½ cup granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. ¼ cup nonfat egg substitute
  6. ⅓ cup peanut butter
  7. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  8. ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  10. 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips
For Drizzle
  1. ½ cup powdered sugar
  2. ¼ cup peanut butter
  3. 2-4 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Spray one 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. In a bowl, cream the butter, sugars, and vanilla together with a handheld mixer until smooth. Add the egg substitute and peanut butter and mix until smooth.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine with the sugar/peanut butter mixture until well blended (you may need to mix by hand). Spread the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the baked cookie dough mixture immediately after removing the pan from the over. Let stand for 5 minutes, until the chips have melted. Quickly spread the melted chocolate evenly over the baked cookie dough.
  6. Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, and milk until creamy, adjusting the milk to a desired consistency, using just enough milk to make the topping loose enough to drizzle. Drizzle the topping over the smoothed chocolate.
  7. Cut into bars and serve.
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If you’re looking for more cookie ideas, try Martha Stewart’s traditional cookie recipes, these show stopping Christmas cookie recipes and ideas on packaging cookies as gifts from Better Homes and Gardens.