Flavorful Holiday Dishes Prepped in Minutes for Small, Family Gatherings
From Family Features
In what’s certain to be a holiday season unlike any other, you can transform your seasonal menu in 20 minutes of prep time or less by incorporating flavorful ingredients that make ordinary dishes extraordinary, ensuring the holidays are as special and memorable as any other year.
Stress-free holiday entertaining at home begins with ingredients like Holland House Cooking Wines that add an extra boost of flavor to recipes like Tuscan White Bean Soup. Perfect for chilly evenings, this recipe combines pantry staples and enticing seasonings for an easy-to-make soup that simmers in the slow cooker. This Sherry, Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake is another delicious and convenient recipe to feed your family on early holiday mornings. This simple, tasty brunch bake can be easily prepped the night before.
While holiday gatherings may be smaller this year, spending time with family can be made even more special when sharing a homemade, holiday-inspired meal. Sherry Cherry Pork Loin Roast, made in a time-saving slow cooker, provides an easy way to bring your family together for a flavorful holiday meal.
This festive season, Holland House Cooking Wines provide an easy way to delight your family. They’re available in four flavors – Marsala, Sherry, White and Red – made using fine grapes and blended seasonings, aged to perfection, to offer bold flavor to your holiday cooking.
1 bunch fresh parsley, large stems removed, plus additional reserved for garnish
3 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)
In large slow cooker on high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil, sliced onions and 1 teaspoon salt.
Season roast evenly on all sides with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.
Place large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan. Sear pork loin 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer roast to slow cooker on top of onions.
Cover and cook on low 3 hours.
To make Sherry Cherry Sauce: In blender, blend sherry cooking wine, garlic, 1/2 cup cherries, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, parsley, remaining olive oil, remaining salt and remaining pepper until smooth; set aside.
After pork loin cooks 3 hours, add Sherry Cherry Sauce around pork roast. Cover and cook 2-3 hours on low.
To glaze, brush roast with warm sauce 3-4 times in last hour of cooking.
Once pork reaches internal temperature of 145 F, remove and let rest 15-20 minutes before slicing.
To finish sauce, remove 1/4 cup cooking liquid and mix with cornstarch to make a slurry. Whisk slurry and remaining cherries into sauce. Cook in slow cooker on high 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Slice roast 1/2-inch thick, garnish with fresh parsley and serve with Sherry Cherry Sauce and braised onions.
Tuscan White Bean Soup
Recipe courtesy of Jillian Wade of “Food, Folks & Fun”
1 can (13 3/4 ounces) artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 cups kale (about 6 ounces), cleaned, destemmed and chopped
5 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced
8 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, shaved (for garnish)
Place chicken stock, white cooking wine, tomatoes, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, cannellini beans, artichoke hearts, bay leaf, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and rosemary in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
About 30 minutes before serving soup, stir in kale and cover.
In 10-inch skillet over medium heat, cook pancetta until crispy, about 4 minutes. Move pancetta to paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with pancetta and Parmesan cheese shavings.