Newspaper Article Archive of
(<a href="http://www.familyfeatures.com">Family Features</a>) Holiday gatherings provide perfect opportunities to get creative in the kitchen. Spending quality time with family and friends over an unforgettably delicious meal is what the holiday season is all about, after all. Make sure to be the one everyone is raving about because you've brought something new and delicious to your event by transforming ordinary seasonal recipes with a clever, bold twist.
At first, changing a classic family recipe or whipping up a new, taste-tempting holiday dish may seem daunting. However, balancing taste and complexity doesn't need to be stressful. Simplify recipe planning with one versatile ingredient that provides a bold boost and creates real crowd pleasers: cooking wines.
Now is the time to make cooking wine a must-have in your kitchen essentials. Using a wine specially made for cooking provides consistent, momentous flavor, as it withstands high cooking temperatures and has a long shelf life. One option to try this season is Holland House Cooking Wines, with a long and delicious history of adding rich, robust flavor to a wide variety of culinary applications.
These cooking wines are perfect for plenty of recipes and come in savory and flavor-boosting varieties including: Marsala, imparting a sweet-wine flavor with hints of hazelnut; Red, offering a smooth, medium-bodied finish; White, featuring a slightly dry but distinct profile; and Sherry, offering a mild flavor with hints of nut and caramel.
If you're looking for recipe inspiration for your holiday feast, you can experience the bold flavors of Holland House with these soon-to-be holiday favorites. Serve Garlic and Herb Lamb Chops with Marsala Mushroom Sauce as your entree alongside Asiago and Bacon Orzo Medley. For a dessert no one can say no to, try scrumptious Buttered Pound Cake with Sherry Mascarpone and Soaked Berries.
Visit <a href="http://www.hollandhouseflavors.com/Home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hollandhouseflavors.com</a> for more taste-tempting holiday recipes.
Garlic and Herb Lamb Chops with Marsala Mushroom Sauce
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes plus marinating
Servings: 7 (about 2 lamb chops per serving)
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped4 teaspoons fresh garlic,minced, divided1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated3/4 cup Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine, divided2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil2 racks of lamb (approximately 3-4 pounds), trimmed and cleaned
Marsala Mushroom Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter1 pound fresh baby bella or cremini mushrooms, cleaned2 tablespoons fresh shallots, thinly sliced1/2 cup beef stock1 teaspoon Dijon mustardsalt, to tastepepper, to taste1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
In large bowl, combine rosemary, 3 teaspoons garlic, lemon zest, 1/4 cup cooking wine and olive oil. Add racks of lamb, meat-side up, and cover bowl. Marinate 6-24 hours. After marinating, heat oven to 400° F. Transfer racks of lamb to heated, oven-proof saute pan on stovetop and sear each side 2 minutes until golden brown.Transfer oven-proof saute pan with lamb to heated oven and cook approximately 10 minutes, or until lamb reaches 135° F in center. Remove pan from oven and take lamb out of pan to rest.To make Marsala Mushroom Sauce: In same pan, melt butter over medium heat; add mushrooms and saute. Add shallots and remaining garlic, cooking until fragrant. Deglaze with remaining cooking wine. Add beef stock and whisk in Dijon mustard. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook 2 minutes to reduce and thicken.Carve racks of lamb by cutting between ribs. Serve drizzled with Marsala Mushroom Sauce. Garnish with parsley.
Asiago and Bacon Orzo Medley
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 11 (about 1/2 cup per serving)
4 ounces bacon, chopped4 ounces white onion, diced1 teaspoon garlic, minced2 cups fresh asparagus tips2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved1/4 cup Holland House White Cooking Wine1/4 cup chicken stock3 cups orzo, cooked according to package directions1/2 cup shaved Asiago cheesesalt, to tastepepper, to taste
In large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Add onions and garlic to pan with bacon and saute until fragrant and soft. Cook onions until translucent.Add asparagus tips, cherry tomatoes, chicken stock and cooking wine to saucepan and deglaze.Add cooked orzo and Asiago cheese, stirring to combine. Cook 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Buttered Pound Cake with Sherry Mascarpone and Soaked Berries
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes plus marinating
Servings: 10 (2 pieces per serving)
3/4 cup fresh raspberries3/4 cup fresh blueberries3/4 cup fresh blackberries1/2 cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine, divided1 teaspoon lemon juice1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated2 tablespoons honey1 cup mascarpone cheese1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream2 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons butter1 pound cake, cut into 20 pieces
In medium bowl, combine rasp-berries, blueberries, blackberries, 1/3 cup cooking wine, lemon juice, lemon zest and honey. Cover bowl and marinate at room temperature 30 minutes.In mixer, whip mascarpone by slowly adding heavy whipping cream, sugar and remaining cooking wine. Once thoroughly mixed, whip to stiff peaks.Butter both sides of each piece of pound cake and add to saute pan. Over medium heat, brown both sides of cake until golden. Place two pieces of toasted pound cake in individual serving dishes and let cool.Place dollop of whipped mascarpone on pound cake pieces. Garnish with marinated berries.