Easy Gameday Entertaining

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The Super Bowl is just a few days away are you prepared?

As you plan for your big event remember, you can use your Dream Dinners for creative and easy gameday entertaining.  This year our February menu features a few, ready to share options (Build Your Own Quesadilla, Chicken Paella and all three Winter Salads*) as well as great meals ready to be remixed.

Here are a few ideas to help you satisfy and impress your family and friends. 

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Holiday Cookie Remix

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We’ve already shared a great way to make homemade ice cream sandwiches for your holiday shindig, now it’s time to add a little extra flare to your holiday platter using these simple cookie remix ideas. 

It doesn’t take much to bake up something special for your friends and family, here a few ideas:

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Appetizer — Homemade Turkey Parmesan Meatballs & Cavatappi Al Forno

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Looking for more easy entertaining appetizers for your next holiday party? We recommend Dream Dinners’ Homemade Turkey Parmesan Meatballs with Cavatappi. This meal plays double duty, you get two easy, homemade appetizers for the price of one. 

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Appetizer— Toasted Sesame Chicken Bites with Dipping Sauce

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You’ve got Thanksgiving Day covered — but what about the days leading up to the big event? Will friends and family be arriving early? Or are you keeping things simple and low key? Either way Dream Dinners can help with your entertaining.

This holiday season we will be releasing a series of Easy Entertaining Appetizers that remix current recipes to help make your holiday gatherings go off without a hitch.

Keep November simple with our NEW— Toasted Sesame Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce.  This wonderful and delicious meal, makes the perfect weeknight appetizer. In just one extra step you can transform this dinner from entrée to bite sized, shareable pieces everyone, your kids included, will devour.

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Turn Classic Meals into Delicious Burgers

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It’s May and that means, it’s National Burger Month. We have two burger options currently on our menu, but we want to help your family celebrate with four more fun and healthy ways to turn your traditional meals into creative burger- style alternatives everyone can enjoy.

  1. Simple Burger120_sweet_cider_bbq_chicken_med Just add a bun to our Sweet Cider BBQ Chicken for a quick, and easy way to transition you meal from a traditional chicken dinner to fun family favorite in seconds. Top it off with your favorite cheese (we recommend cheddar) and serve alongside our savory sweet potato fries.
  2. The Next-Day Burger001_herb_crusted_flank_steak_medCreate an Herb Crusted Flank Steak burger and utilize your leftovers. Serve slices of our tender steak on a toasted rustic roll for a burger with a distinctive flavor your family will enjoy. Enjoy this one on its own or round out your plate with any side salad. Add a little something extra by mixing up some homemade seasoned mayo—combine Italian seasoning and a bit of garlic to the mayonnaise of your choice.
  3. Inspirational Burger295_soy_glazed_salmon_medCreate a burger with a theme, flavor palette or seasonal inspiration in mind. As summer fast approaches we recommend creating an Asian inspired burger with our Soy Glazed Salmon. Serve on a toasted brioche bun and top it off with fresh coleslaw for a light and refreshing summer meal. Seasonal Fun—Serve with fresh or grilled pineapple for a pop of color on your plate and extra flavor for your palate.
  4. Not-quite-a-Burger, Burger014_chipolte_shrimp_medDon’t be afraid to think outside the box when creating a dinner alternative for your family. Our last “burger” does just that. Swap out the Jasmine rice for a soft hoagie roll and you’ve created our Chipotle Shrimp “Burger.” Load up your roll with our perfectly cooked Chipotle Shrimp, top it off with the Mango Salsa and serve. Fun fact—May 5th is also National Hoagie Day!

 

Create wonderful memories with your family by taking risks and remixing your dinners for something new and exciting!

Share your creations and remixes with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (#RecipeRemix,) we love to hear your stories and see your pictures.

Super Bowl Appetizer: Thai Peanut Chicken Skewers

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Looking for easy and delicious appetizer ideas for your Super Bowl party? It’s so easy to turn your Dream Dinner meals into appetizers for the big game. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends. 

To turn your Thai Peanut Chicken into an appetizer:

  1. Cut each raw chicken breast into four slices the long way.  

  2. Weave chicken onto small skewer and cook as directed.

  3. Serve swimming in the peanut sauce with fresh chopped cilantro over.

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Family Pizza Night 3-Ways

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Recipe Remixes | September 24, 2013 | By

Our build your own pizza kits are always a big hit.  But did you know that you could make a deep dish pizza or calzones using our Family Pizza Night dinner? Here are instructions for two more ways to get creative at dinnertime and have family fun in the kitchen doing it together!

 

Try a Regular Deep Dish Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. A 6-Serving makes 2 Pizzas (2 dough rounds each).
  2. A 3-Serving makes 1 Pizza (2 dough rounds).
Instructions
  1. Thaw in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F
  3. Place thawed dough on floured cutting board
  4. Merge 2 dough rounds together and roll dough to cover with flour, let rest 10-15 minutes.
  5. Flatten dough and roll with rolling pin or large soda bottle to form about an 8x8 inch square.
  6. Place dough in an 8x8 sprayed, Stoneware baking dish*, gently line the inside of the dish with your pizza dough.
  7. Spread bottom and sides with pizza sauce.
  8. Add toppings and cheese.  (You will only need ½ of the toppings you assembled.)
  9. Bake for approx. 15-20 min., until golden brown.
Notes
  1. *We recommend using Stoneware for even cooking throughout the pizza. However, you could use a glass or metal dish to bake it in as well.
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Try a Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza deep-dish-pizza-chicago-style
Assemble your sauce and toppings backwards! Start with the cheese; add your toppings, maybe more cheese and then the pizza sauce on the top. (All other directions above are the same)

 

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Calzones
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Ingredients
  1. A 6-Serving makes 4 Calzones (1 dough round each).
  2. A 3-Serving makes 2 Calzones (1 dough round each).
Instructions
  1. Thaw in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F
  3. Place thawed dough on floured cutting board, roll dough to cover with flour, let rest 10-15 minutes.
  4. Flatten dough and roll with rolling pin or large soda bottle to form about a 10-12" circle.
  5. Place dough on sprayed baking sheet.
  6. Spread pizza sauce on half of the round, try to leave ¼ inch from the edge dry.
  7. Add toppings and cheese.
  8. Gently fold the dough over and pinch the edges together.
  9. Lightly brush the top of each calzone with beaten egg.
  10. Sprinkle some dried Italian herbs on top. (optional)
  11. Poke 3-5 holes on top with a fork for ventilation.
  12. Bake for approx. 15-20 min., until golden brown.
  13. Serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping. (optional)
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Family pizza night just got more exciting! You could even mix and match. Have the kids make their regular pizzas and the parents make a calzone to share. No matter what you do, it is about the moments we savor making dinner together.