Marcona almonds and honey have been used to flavor this nougat for centuries.
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I don't always drink coffee, but when I do, I drink it in my eggnog.
Sometimes you feel like a nut. Then this peanut butter variation on eggnog is just right.
From the earliest days of Slice, I've urged you pizza freaks to forgo the crusty, saucy, cheesy stuff on Thanksgiving in favor of gobbling the gobbler. But I know some of you are diehards, so here's a way to sneak our erstwhile favorite dish into the Turkey Day festivities: Garlic Knot and Sausage Stuffing. Yes, it's pizza-flavored stuffing for Thanksgiving.
An easy stuffed turkey with juicy breast meat and crisp skin. The trick is to use a baking stone.
According to author and recipe tester extraordinaire Amanda Hesser, this cheese ball was introduced in 2003, when the classic appetizer had moved out of the mainstream and into the world of the deliciously ironic. Cream cheese and goat cheese are whipped together with a whole slew of bright, thrilling flavors: lemon zest, cumin, coriander, fresh mint, and thinly sliced celery hearts.
The best part about this recipe is the addition of clam. Largely sustainable and virtually fat-free, it's an interesting twist on what can occasionally be a fairly staid recipe. Buying a more upscale brand will only help the flavor of your dish, as some find bargain-basement clams to be a little tough and perhaps even a tad tasteless.
Resist the urge to do anything rash like start New Year's Resolutions early--instead, make make the best of the rest of the year by combining your leftover eggnog, gingerbread, and some butter and eggs to form a delicious GingerBread Pudding.
This crostini, topped with pureed acorn squash, savory bits of bacon, and crispy sage, may seem fancy, but it's really easy and cheap.
White Bean Bruschetta is classy without being fussy, and, thanks its bean-and-vegetable topping, pretty healthy for a passed appetizer. Plus, it doesn't make too much of a mess, which is always helpful.
With a little patience (this bread takes about 16 hours from start to finish), a sturdy mixer, and a few gluten-free flours, homemade gluten-free panettone is fairly easy.
Far be it from me to argue with a curried pumpkin soup, or a pumpkin soup with pancetta, or a pumpkin soup with dancing croutons. I love those guys, I really do. What they aren't, though—what they'll never be—is the good old classic pumpkin soup that got us all hooked on pumpkin soup in the first place. Nope, they aren't The One. But this is.
Enter Provencal Deviled Eggs from Cooking Light. Filled with bits of olive, caper, sun-dried tomato, Dijon, and various herbs, it's a fabulously briny, lighter twist on the classic appetizer.
Not only are these breadsticks crisp, they're filled with seeds that add even more texture. And since these are dry crispy breadsticks, you can make them ahead of time and they'll last for a long time.
Biscochitos are a traditional New Mexican holiday cookie; a subtly porky confection made from lard, with anise seeds and brandy or rum. In December, biscochitos comprise maybe thirty percent of the diet of the average New Mexican. It is considered bad form to go to a social gathering or leave one without having brought your own batch and sampled that of your friends and coworkers.
Roasted Pepper Halves with Bread Crumb Topping, from Lidia Bastianich's Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, is simple to prepare, yet impressive enough to elevate the most pedestrian of meals, up to and including a cold slice of pepperoni pie. The peppers act as both flavoring agent and serving vessel, making it lighter than most breaded hors d'oeuvres.
Many marshmallow recipes will instruct you to whip hot sugar syrup into beaten egg whites. I've made many batches of marshmallows this way and they turn out fine, but my favorite method is to beat the syrup and egg...
This cranberry elevation process is a matter of historical import and as such must begin with a good stiff drink. First off, we need to start with real cranberries (or what's the point?)
I've been mixing variations of a Flaming Holiday Punch (known in some circles as "English Bishop") every December for years now. The base recipe is from Esquire's Handbook for Hosts, from 1949, which is nice on its own but quite open to improvisation. The ingredients are a cinch: a bottle of aged rum poured into a punch bowl over baked oranges studded with cloves. Toss in a little sugar and some holiday spice, turn down the lights before you apply a match to the hot liquid (careful!) and conversation is pretty much guaranteed to stop.
The lemon and orange zest permeates the meat with bright citrus, the cider vinegar and white wine add a slightly sour note, and the ginger lends the tiniest kick. And like any brisket recipe worth its salt, it comes out of the oven exactly two and a half hours later fork-tender, ready to be sliced, sauced, and served with the sweet carrots that have been cooking in the braising liquid.