National Cherry Dessert Day and Sour Cherries

red cherries

Among the more obscure nationally proclaimed holidays, were you aware of the day set aside to celebrate cherry desserts? Well there is one! For most of us, that means the tart fruits of the sour cherry tree, the  Prunus cerasus. The pie cherry has been consumed since prehistoric times. The earliest record of the cultivated cherry is recorded as having been brought to Rome by Lucius Licinius Lucullus from northeastern Anatolia, the country now known as Turkey.

Romans introduced cherries into Britain before the 1st century AD, where they became very popular in the time of Henry VIII.

the sour cherry tree
Botanical details of the sour cherry tree.

In America, Massachusetts colonists planted the first sour cherry, ‘Kentish Red’, and they have since become a much loved fruit here. That variety of cherry tree may even have been the one in the famous legend of George Washington, who knows?

Whatever its history, it is the flavor that assures ongoing popularity, and reigns supreme in every type of dessert. For your own celebration, whether on the official day or not, some well loved recipes are included in this post along with the surprising health benefits and a bit of trivia about the fruits themselves.

May 26

It’s a National Holiday for Tart Pie Cherries in Desserts

Even though cherries seasonally ripen in June, the Presidents Day holiday gives February the honor of being named “National Cherry Month”.

luscious cherries
They are tart, or sour, cherries from the tree Prunus cerasus. Their tartness makes them preeminent for the flavor they give baked goodies like cherry pie, cobblers, and other well loved recipes we remember from our mothers and grandmother’s kitchens.

While sweet cherries, from the Prunus avium tree, are best chosen for fresh eating, nothing beats a pie cherry for any recipe that calls for cherries for cooking.

Pie cherries with their tart and tangy taste create the zing that ignites a plain fruit pie into a memorable sweet summer surprise of flavor. Just the right contrast to the flaky crust of a home baked pie, or the biscuit topping of a cobbler.

Those “down home” desserts are only two of the ways you can use pie cherries to give your table a treat in the early summer month of June, or during other times of the year if you freeze or preserve the the cherries.

Tart Cherries Have Health Benefits

Health benefits of pie cherries include the fact that they have anti-oxidants.

 

  1. * Promotes circulation
  2. * May help you sleep better due to the melatonin content
  3. * Helps relieve migraine headaches
  4. * Helps prevent free radical damage
  5. * Helps you heal faster from muscle related sports injuries

 

Facts about Pie Cherries

Life's story on cherries

 

  • Pie cherries keep their bright red color when cooked, naturally
  • Sour cherries, like the sweet, are picked ripe
  • Look for cherries that are plump and brightly colored, cherries do not ripen off the tree.
  • Store in the refrigerator and rinse just before using
  • Cherries are highly perishable: Their shelf life is about four days in the refrigerator.
  • Cherries can be frozen
  • They may reduce the risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.
  • 20 cherries a day might keep the gout away.

Of course there are even more cherry facts:

Cherries are one of the foods least often associated with food allergies according to World’s Healthiest Foods.

Findings on Remedying Gout

They are good for preventing gout. It is said, “six cherries a day” will keep the gout away, and it is certainly a delicious remedy to try. Research indicates that cherries have urate lowering properties. Uric acid crystal buildup is indicated in the onset of gout. (This is not medical advice, but information about the research results on the benefits of tart cherries).

More Reason to Love the Tartness

Tart cherries have fewer calories and more beta-carotene than sweet cherries

dessert cherries

Additional Health Benefits

Tart cherries are loaded with antioxidants that are believed to relieve the pain of arthritis and gout and help fight cancer and heart disease.

At more than 12,000 ORAC units per hundred grams of fruit, cherries have a higher antioxidant capacity than grapes, oranges, plums, raspberries and strawberries combined.

They’re also especially high in the antioxidant melatonin, which may help prevent or reduce brain deterioration associated with aging. And to top it off, they’re high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. [1]

Did you know? Dried cherries are made from the tart cherry variety. They have iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate, vitamin C and beta-carotene, as well as some melatonin- which is a hormone important biologically.

The Celebrated Pie Cherry

  • Most tart cherries are grown in the state of Michigan in the USA. Traverse City, Michigan is called the “Cherry Capital of the World” and is host to the National Cherry Festival.
  • In Australia, the New South Wales town of Young is called the “Cherry Capital of Australia” and hosts the National Cherry Festival of Australia.
  • Fun Facts About Cherries: Cherry pits have been found in Stone Age caves.
  • Thomas Jefferson, grew cherries on his plantation at Monticello

Harvest Season

Tart cherries ripen two or three weeks after sweet cherries. Look for them in mid to late July.

The Dessert Side of the Story

Desserts are made of this
Cherries are good for you, but all that cream, sugar, and pastry? Maybe not so much… but the taste!
Besides pie, cobbler, or cherry dump cake, how can you fix this fruit as a dessert? Healthier choices to enjoy as desserts.

    Try cherries

  • with yogurt
  • with sherbet or gelato
  • baked into oatmeal

Because of their tartness, most people will want to sweeten them, which makes them ideal for desserts.

classic latticed pie
classic latticed pie

Prepare Your Pie Cherries with Professional Quality Cherry Pitter

During the season when stone fruits are available, you may be buying fresh produce. In order to use them in desserts, it is necessary to remove the pits. If you have ever tried this, you know how much a kitchen gadget makes all the difference.

If you are going to pit lots of cherries this is a professional style of machine to make the job easy. Highly rated and recommended.

Fun for Cherry Dessert Day

Wear a cherry patterned apron, bake a cherry pie or make some quick and easy cherry cobbler to celebrate the day.
May 26

photo by Rusty Clark
Cherry cobbler | photo by Rusty Clark
Cherry Cobbler, Classic Recipe
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Cherry cobbler is like an easy, messy cherry pie, but that yummy topping soaking in the juices is what makes it such a well beloved dessert cousin of the cherry pie. Emeril uses cinnamon, but I suggest experimenting with mace or cardamom - two spices that complement the cherry flavor extremely well.
Servings Prep Time
8  15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
8  15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Cherry Cobbler, Classic Recipe
Print Recipe
Cherry cobbler is like an easy, messy cherry pie, but that yummy topping soaking in the juices is what makes it such a well beloved dessert cousin of the cherry pie. Emeril uses cinnamon, but I suggest experimenting with mace or cardamom - two spices that complement the cherry flavor extremely well.
Servings Prep Time
8  15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
8  15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
TOPPING:
FILLING:
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a saucepan combine filling ingredients and cook, stirring until bubbling and thickened. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until it is crumbly.
  4. Mix together egg and milk. Add to flour mixture and stir with a fork just until combined. Drop topping by tablespoonfuls onto filling.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until browned and bubbly.
Recipe Notes

Emeril's rendition of a classic

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Alternative Cherry Pitter Choice
Leifheit 37200 Cherry Pitter with Stone Catcher Container | Cherry Stone Remover Tool

Leifheit 37200 Cherry Pitter with Stone Catcher Container | Cherry Stone Remover Tool

A cherry is a fruit with a hard seed pit which must be removed before using the cherries in baked goods. There are a number of types of gadgets to do the job, which is important to own if you have a large number of cherries to prepare.

 

Cherry Delight Cake

Yield: 8

Cherry Delight Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine- melted
  • 1 egg -beaten
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart or "pie" cherries- lightly drained (reserve 1 cup juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts -walnut | pecans | or hazelnuts
    Cherry Sauce (see recipe)
  • 1 cup cherry juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a medium-size bowl, combine butter or margarine, egg, sour cherries, almond extract, and nuts: add to flour mixture.
  4. Bake, uncovered, in an ungreased 9-inch square pan 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cut into squares.
    Prepare Cherry Sauce.
  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cherry juice, cornstarch, sugar, almond extract, and butter or margarine
  2. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Serve the Cherry Delight Cake with Hot Cherry Sauce and whipped cream.

 

February is…

National Cherry Month

A Look at the Harvest

Creamy Lemon Turkey Casserole

Turkey: Jeremy Keith on Flickr

Cooking, eating, entertaining, having a good time… it’s why I collect recipes and share them. Plus I’m half Hungarian.

Get Out Your Casserole Dish and Bake This Tonight

Casserole baked in an old style Pyrex baking dish.

My Family’s Favorite Comfort Casserole

Many years ago, a dear friend sent over a meal after I had given birth to my second son. It could be frozen for later or eaten that night.

Indescribably delicious to this nursing mother, whose appetite was ravenous!

When I asked for the recipe, was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. Consisting of just a few common ingredients, it can be thrown together and simply heated through: a home cooked meal with almost instant preparation time.

This turkey dish became a staple at my house, a favorite of all my children, and a company dish as well. I passed on the kindness when I, in turn, made this dish for the families with new arrivals in the following years.

It is the kind of meal where an addition of a simple salad, some steamed green beans, and a homey apple pie for dessert is just about the perfect All American meal.

Vary It

You can also use this as a base for variations. Try adding some chopped, cooked onion, some steamed broccoli florets, or steamed medley of vegetables.

Serve it over mashed potatoes or stuffing, if you don’t care for noodles, or make it with the addition of rice and some sautéed garlic. There are many ways to vary this, but my favorite has always been its yummy, basic self.

Delicious with Chicken, too.

This is the perfect dish for sharing, as well as good comfort food for your family on a winter’s evening. As if that weren’t enough, it is the ideal way to use up leftover turkey from the Thanksgiving feast.

If you were wondering what to take to the potluck or wanted a good recipe for a buffet repast, start with this easy, economical, casserole dish.

Try Any Poultry

Not just for turkey- it is equally delicious with chicken.

Family Style, From Oven To Table

Corningware French White III Oval Casserole with Glass Cover, 1.5-Quart
Corningware French White III Oval Casserole with Glass Cover, 1.5-Quart

Use a good looking casserole dish to serve what is sure to become one of your favorite recipe. This white covered dish is a classic, making any food look great on the table or buffet.

I’ve used Corningware for years and they keep their good looks and work hard for you family cooks! Easy to clean, and bake up a casserole in superb style.

This is the baking dish I would use for Lemony Turkey Casserole.

What I Love About This Recipe

  • It is easy.
  • It tastes delicious.
  • It uses economical ingredients.
  • Everybody has loved it.
  • You can make it for two or for twenty.
  • You can choose what to serve it with: noodles rice, over toast, with potatoes.
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and diced turkey meat
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1/2 pint of sour cream
  • Juice of one fresh lemon (about 3-4 T)
  • 1 package Ritz crackers
  • zest of lemon, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix the soup, lemon juice, optional lemon zest, and sour cream in a large bowl; add cooked turkey.
  2. Pour into oven-proof casserole dish.
  3. Crumble Ritz crackers (I use a rolling pin to crush them) and cover the top of the turkey mixture.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until heated throughout in a moderate oven. Heat at 325 degrees F.
  5. Serve over cooked noodles.
  6. Tips:
  7. Medium width egg noodle is good for getting the sauce along with the turkey in delicious forkfuls.
  8. Healthier substitutions for condensed soup include making a “white sauce” with chicken broth base.
  9. Thin down and create more sauce with a splash of milk before adding to the chicken.
  10. More calories? Pour a bit of melted butter over the cracker crumbs.
  11. Directions for white sauce if you find the condensed soup too processed for your taste. Good substitution for Cream of Chicken soup.

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Suggested Variation and Sidedishes

Because this is a favorite of my family, I plan to freeze some ahead for the busy week before Christmas. It is an ideal casserole to make ahead and have ready to pull out of a freezer and heat up in the oven on a busy evening. Add some green beans or a salad, cook up noodles, and it is all ready in about 30 minutes.

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Sometimes I use the zest from the lemon to add a little more lemon flavor, and will often reduce the amount of sour cream and add a little milk to make a lighter sauce. This is a very forgiving recipe, and the sour cream could be completely replaced by yogurt for a much lighter version.

Elegant Buffet Dish for a Crowd

Like I said, this is good enough to serve for company buffets and get togethers. It looks special when served in sleek buffet dishes. The recipe is easily doubled for plenty of home-cooked goodness!
Cuisinart 7BSR-28 Stainless 11-Inch Round Buffet ServersCuisinart Stainless 11-Inch Round Buffet Servers

Because this recipe is ideal to make in large quantities to serve a crowd, this server is the ideal way to keep it warm. It is an exceptionally elegant way to serve the humble casserole.

Fennel and Rosemary Beef Tenderloin, Dinner Holiday Menu

beef tenderloin

Christmas Dinner At My House

christmas dinner

Every year, and it is my hope to continue, it is our tradition to have a big family meal together on Christmas Eve.

We keep certain foods on our menu because they are something that say “Christmas” to us in a special way, but we also change around the menu occasionally to include new dishes for excitement.

I want to share some of the foods we love with you, and the menus we have enjoyed as a family.

Sharing the holiday meal together is one of the most treasured ways we have celebrated Christmas.

Toys break, sweaters get stretched out and worn, games are forgotten in a drawer, but memories of enjoying a special meal stay woven within our hearts. Foods that create a part of a celebration together are an important part of that experience.

Dream Of An Old Time Christmas?

Memorable recipes are a time honored way to create a special experience that combines tradition, nostalgic memories, and fresh new excitement into your celebration.

The act of sitting around a table that is decked out in a beautiful setting is quite an unusual thing for many of us. Making it simple, special, and homey recalls old time ways of gathering family together for a memorable meal.

Eating Our Christmas Dinner
pear/pomegranate salad
Our first course fo pear/pomegranate salad.

A Festive Christmas Menu

While it is my favorite for Christmas Eve dinner, consider this meal for special times from New Years Ever to Valentines day, and beyond. Anytime you wish to have something to impress your family and guests.
Simply customize the serving amounts.

So what’s on the menu this year?

  • Fennel and Rosemary Beef Tenderloin
  • German style fingerling potatoes
  • Pear and Pomegranate Salad
  • For Dessert: purchased cream puffs and warm fudge sauce
  • Cardamom Rolls

(The Cardamom roll recipe is long, and it takes some time to make, but it is worth it. I’ve had it online with other Christmas recipes I make….)

Why Choose Beef Tenderloin for the Main Course?

Tenderloin is very easy to cook

An expensive cut of meat, but we only have it once a year! An expensive cut of meat, but we only have it once a year!

I know this cut of meat is costly, but if you remember that it is boneless, easy to fix (hard to mess up), and everyone loves it… you might want to consider it as your Christmas dinner menu centerpiece.

It is usually accompanied with a cranberry relish for Christmas, but I sometimes skip that dish , depending on the rest of the menu.

We always have a fruit and a green salad. A side dish of potatoes, sweet potatoes, or noodles is usual; and we always always have the Cardamom rolls that I make only for Christmas Eve.

 

Follow the link for Cardamom Rolls.

Or learn more about the spice, All About Cardamom.[/one_half_last]

 

Holiday plate
Holiday colors

Fennel and Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

This has become our family’s all-time favorite, and the entrée I now make for Christmas dinner. One of the things I like about it is the ease and relatively short cooking time involved.

Make Ahead Tip

The roast can be seasoned and refrigerated up to 4 hours before roasting.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp. fennel seed, ground
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, freshly cracked
  • 2 -1/2- to 3-lb. beef tenderloin roast, with excess fat trimmed
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. How to make…
  2. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary, fennel seed, salt, and pepper. Stir to make a paste.
  4. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and rub the paste all over the surface of the meat. If necessary, tie the roast at 1-1/2-inch intervals.
  5. Put the roast on a rack on a small, rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 120 °F for rare, 125 ° to 130 °F for medium rare,or 135 °F for medium, 40 to 50 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, mustard, and lemon juice. Season lightly with salt to taste.
  7. Transfer the roast to a carving board (preferably with a well for collecting juices) and let it rest, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes before carving it into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve the beef, passing the mustard sauce at the table.
  8. The original recipe was from Fine Cooking magazine.
  9. ————–
  10. I found it difficult to locate the ground fennel, and ended up using a spice grinder to grind up the fennel seeds, myself. since I was able to find containers of Devon cream in the store I used that to replace the crème fraîche.
Crème Fraiche

1 ½ cups whipping cream

4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) buttermilk

Combine cream and buttermilk in a jar with tight fitting lid. Shake well for 2 or 3 minutes. Let stand at warm room temperature for at least 24 hours. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Besides being used for the beef:

Use it as a dessert topping, too. Very good added to vinegar and oil dressings. Delicious over fresh fruit and berries.

How To Cook A Beef Tenderloin

If you have never prepared this roast for a meal before, you may gain confidence from viewing the how-to video.

German-style Fingerling Potatoes

German style fingerling potatoes
This is an easy recipe to make, for something a bit more involved, but extremely tasty, try Fine Cooking’s Glazed Fingerling Potato Salad with Pancetta and Warm Mustard Vinaigrette. This was the original recipe I used;  if you have the time it is excellent with the beef.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Serves: 6 (6 cups)

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. halved fingerling potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp.olive oil
  • 3 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • a little chopped parsley
  • bacon can be substituted for the proscuitto

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water over medium high heat until almost tender, 5 to 8 minutes, drain.
  2. Sauté prosciutto in oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat until crisp, 5 minutes -or the bacon cut into pieces. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Return pan back to burner, add vinegar and sugar and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Add potatoes, simmer 4 to 5 minutes, then stir in prosciutto (bacon bits), add parsley, season with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallions.

Pear and Pomegranate Salad

– Refreshing, Colorful, and Easy

pear pomegranate salad
Pear-Pomegranate salad

This is one of my all time favorites. It is fancy looking with its creamy white pears, ruby red pomegranate seeds, and deep pink syrup sauce, yet quite simple.

Ingredients

  • 3 pears thinly sliced – two red pears and one Asian
  • 1 pomegranate seeded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional)
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • dark green lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced pears and pomegranate seeds into a bowl.
  2. Toss with lemon juice to coat.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small cup or bowl, then mix into the fruit.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to blend the flavors.
  5. Serve in individual dishes on a bed of lettuce greens, and garnish with a sprinkling of sliced almonds with a sprig of mint
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 20 min

Whole Green Beans – Simply delicious

  • 3/4 lb whole green beans
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain Dijon mustard

Instructions

fancy whole green beans
fancy whole green beans
  1. Fill a bowl with ice water.
  2. Cook beans in a large pot of salted boiling water just until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain beans and transfer to ice water. Drain well in a colander and pat dry.
  3. Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Sauté beans with mustard and salt and pepper to taste, stirring, until heated through, about 4 minutes.

Recipe from Epicurious which is closest to how I make these simple green beans.

Pioneer Woman Talks about Holiday Foods

Some of my best holiday recipes and serving ideas have come from special holiday cookbooks. They are inspirational and come in a wide variety of cuisines to cater to every tradition and taste.

Once I found a set of menus that my family really enjoyed we rotated them through the years. We always seem to have a few things that we can’t do without for our holiday repast… usually the sweet potatoes and Waldorf salad (and of course, my Cardamom rolls).

Christmas Holiday Cookbooks


Christmas Entertaining (Williams-Sonoma)

This is a book of inspirations for all types of holiday meals and party fare. It includes the menus plus the decorating ideas and everything needed to make it a time to remember.

How to decorate the table festively and work plans to make everything happen without a hitch.

Holiday Settings – Festive Table Trimmings

Christmas Oldtime Dinner

Whether it is a few hand-picked pieces or an entire set of china dedicated to the trimmings of the season, it really brightens the table setting to have plates or serving pieces with iconic Christmas trees, bright ribbons, or snow scenes. Spode and Lennox are just a few of the companies which are famous for Yuletide dinnerware designs.

My sister has a complete set of dinnerware for the season, while I tend to pick up bowls and platters from after Christmas sales. They add a cheering note of pretty color to my all-white stoneware. When fixing a special meal like beef tenderloin, this servingware really showcases the special foods, economically.

Christmas table setting
Christmas table setting

 

Pretty dishes that are perfect for holiday dinners make the table part of the annual tradition. I always loved to see certain cups and dishes that were reserved for special family times on my grandmother’s table.

Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Set a festive table with this fine dinnerware perfect for the Christmas season. Made by one of the best names in fine pottery.

 

Not Christmas Yet?

 

When first writing this, it was far from Christmas time. For Christmas aficionados I know no apologies are necessary. Some people (like me!) are only too delighted for an excuse to plan the upcoming Christmas celebration.

Originally published by Ilona Erwin on 05/10/11

Recipes With Health Giving Turmeric

Start Using Turmeric Today For Brain Benefits

 Source: nutritionfacts.org
Source: nutritionfacts.org

If you have read about the health benefits of Turmeric, then the idea of increasing your cooking repertoire to include more of this golden spice into your diet is a priority. The world cuisines that traditionally value the flavor of this spice provide a wide number of new dishes to try.

Spices can aid your health.

Where Can I Find Recipes That Call For Turmeric?

East Indian Foods

Indian cuisine is a highly developed and distinctive one, so it is easy to find lots of recipes of all types. Start looking at the Yellow curries, since the spice gives foods a nice golden yellow color.

Curcuma longa is grown in mainly in India which is another reason to begin our journey of discovery in the foods of this part of the world.

Indonesian Recipes

Less well known, but greatly loved by many who try it, Indonesian foods often are made with the addition of curry powder. They have their own version of curries, as do Thai foods.

North African Foods

Another richly flavored trove of foods that include the flavorings we are looking for; plus this is another fabulous regional cooking.

Health Food Stores

The well known health properties of certain spices inspire cookbooks that are geared towards an aim of wellness. Those cookbooks are often stocked in health food stores. Check to see if they have a bookshelf of cookbooks that contain recipes for teas and drinks, as well as other ways to include more of an ingredient like this.

Be Experimental With Old Favorites

Love egg salad? Chili? Macaroni and potato dishes? Try adding some healthful spices to those old standbys. You might like them even better with some of the zing that you have added.

Be Sure To Try The Curry Egg Casserole

On this page, the egg and curry dish is easy, tasty, and is great with added turmeric. So healthy if you add side dishes of fresh and cooked fruits and veggies, all on top of a mound of rice.

For British Tastes

The British developed a taste for many of the Eastern spices when they became familiar with the cuisine of their colonies. They also have sizable populations of people with Indian and Pakistani heritage. If you love a British menu, try the menu of many sorts of recipes including Turmeric.

Indian Food Finds Favor

Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites
Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook’s Guide to Traditional Favorites

More and more people are discovering the delicious flavors of India.

Part of the good news story on this is the way spices are used in the daily dishes of this world cuisine.

Turmeric is strongly represented in many dishes. I love the flavors of Indian food and especially the home cooking of this book.

As one reviewer said, If you have room for only “one go-to book for Indian home cooking on your shelf…this is it”.

A new cuisine can seem daunting with its unfamiliar spices and ingredients, but starting simple with a collection like this is the way to enrich your diet and your repertoire.

  • BBC – Food – Turmeric recipes
    A bright yellow spice that comes from the rhizome of a plant in the ginger family. It is sometimes available fresh, but is usually sold dried and…

Tip:

WHEN MAKING CURRIES, CONSIDER ADDING MORE TURMERIC TO THE READY MADE CURRY POWDER.

Beef Curry

Curried Beef
Source: Wikipedia Commons

Entree’s

Considered As One Of The Tastiest Dishes In The World

Widen Your Culinary Horizons

The North African Kitchen: Regional Recipes and Stories

The North African Kitchen: Regional Recipes and Stories

We can add more Turmeric into our cooking if we try out recipes from those cuisines that traditionally included the spice. Indian, North African, and others often are flavored with it.

Besides adding certain ingredients, the flavorful dishes of this region are exotic enough to be something different, but full of delightful tastes that we will soon find comforting and filling. That means it won’t be just a one time recipe or two- you will be making some of these marvelous flavors as a new part of your cooking repetoire, and add to your health while doing it.

Try It In Egg Dishes

egg salad sandwiches
Source: Season With Spice blog

Easy, Fast, Egg Curry Casserole

This is my standby for a busy day.

Egg Curry Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Egg Curry Casserole
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Layer buttered casserole dish with cheese slices.
  2. In small bowl mix egg whites, sour cream, milk, and spices until well blended.
  3. Evenly space the yolks of the egg over the cheese (unbroken). Then pour egg white and sour cream mixture carefully around the yolks.
  4. Bake at 350 until set, about 30-45 minutes. Serve over toast with condiments.
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Serve It With:

I like a side of green vegetable… steamed broccoli is my usual choice, although a salad of leafy green or kale would go nicely. Chopped cucumber salad could also be a refreshing summertime choice.

The bowls to accompany the curried eggs are according to what appeals most to you. A dab of Chutney really adds wonderful flavor to all ingredients.

Suggested side bowls:

Chopped fresh tomato
Coconut flakes
Chutney
Chopped Peanuts
Banana slices
Mango chunks
Green onion

Tips For Cooking With Turmeric

  • Add a pinch to oil in pan before sautéing.
  • Use turmeric in acidic recipes: tomato-based dishes, dressings with vinegars, lemon juice.
  • Protect your spices from light damage: keep in a dark place.
  • Add to your grilling marinades; Turmeric inhibits carcinogens.

What should I look for when buying this spice?

Remember to use black pepper with tumeric for better absorption. any fresh spice is the best.

You can look for non-GMO types. Organic or Kosher are also other designations.

Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder, 1 lb.
Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder, 1 lb. Bulk

Not a Cure-all

Use additions of herbs and spices as healthy supplements to your diet, don’t expect them to be cure-alls.

It Does Have Health Benefits

Make A Tea with It

Side Dishes

 Stain Warning

Cleaning:

Turmeric can stain. Careful of your clothes and counters when cooking with it.

*Try equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing soap to clean.

Cherry Pie Day – Hooray!

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An Excuse For 3 Fruit-filled Recipes

The Delightful Cherry Pie Is Celebrated

Why do I love February? Is it the cheery Valentines or the fact that winter is almost over? It certainly isn’t the slushy snow and cold rain that often mark this month in the north of the USA. But one thing that you can always count on is the proliferation of plenty of cherry pies in this month. And there is something wonderfully delightful about this red fruit pie that is sweet to the taste, the nose and the eye! No wonder a day is set aside to celebrate the delicious cherry pie.

Always observed on on February 20th, you can have a special celebration of this tasty pie at your house. But why is cherry pie day celebrated in February?

Step By Step Instructions To Bake Your Own

Cherry Pie Recipes to Try

Delectable Lattice Pie Filled with Tart Cherry Filling

 

Delectable Cherry Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter
  • 1/2 cup cherry juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups drained canned cherries (reserve liquid)
  • Rich Pastry
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  1. For Filling:
  2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in butter. Combine cherry juice, food coloring, almond extract, and lemon juice. Add this mixture to dry ingredients. Add cherries and let stand while preparing pastry.
  3. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry; fill with cherry mixture.
  4. Make lattice top; flute edges.
  5. Cut a 3-inch strip of aluminum foil and fold loosely around the edge of the pie.
  6. Bake at 400ºF for 50 to 55 minutes.
  7. For Pastry:
  8. Sift flour with salt and sugar.
  9. Cut in 1/2 shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal. Cut in other 1/2 until mixture resembles large peas.
  10. Beat egg yolk and lemon juice together. Blend in juice and milk. Add to dry ingredients, tossing with a fork into a soft dough.
  11. Form into a ball. Divide ball into halves.
  12. Roll first half to 1/8-inch thickness.
  13. After putting dough into pie pan, brush bottom with egg white.
  14. Roll second half out and cut into strips to make lattice top.

Show off your cherry pies

A cherry red pie plate is up to the task!
Any pie would look lovely served in this pie plate, but can you picture a lattice topped, tart cherry pie filling peeking through deliciously? Display it directly on the table, or let it stand out when serving desserts.

Cherry Red Pie Dish

Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red
Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red

This lovely fluted edge pie plate to accentuate the beauty of your cherry pie is in the appropriate color of cerise (cherry) red.

Oregon Fruits Cherry Pie Video

Cherry Pie Recipe – The one from the Oregon Fruits video shown on this lens

A video with plenty of pie making tips and taking you through the steps of how to make a lattice crust and fill it with a delicious cherry pie filling.

So gather all your ingredients and utensils and get ready to bake your own homemade pie!

Beautiful Lattice Cherry Pie
Traditional Cherry Pie
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hour
Beautiful Lattice Cherry Pie
Traditional Cherry Pie
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hour
Ingredients
Pastry
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drain the cherries and reserve the juice from only one can.
  2. In a saucepan, stir the cherry juice into the combined mixture of the cornstarch and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Gently stir in cherries and almond extract.
  3. Pour filling into pastry lined pie pan. Dot with butter or margarine.
  4. Adjust crust, seal and vent. Bake for about 40 minutes. If necessary, cover edges with aluminum foil during last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning.
  5. Cool pie several hours to allow filling to thicken before slicing.
Recipe for the Pie Crust
  1. Mix flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Mix in the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until dough forms a ball. Do not overmix. Divide dough into two balls.
  4. Using a well-floured surface and rolling pin, roll each pastry ball from the center to the edges with long, even strokes.
  5. Roll each pastry into a circle large enough to fit in a 9-inch pie plate.
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Recipe on Queen of Tarts, http://blog.oregonfruit.com/how-to-videos/cherry-pie-how-to-video/

Your Baking Style

How Do You Make Your Cherry Pie?

KitchenAid Double Oven For All Your Baking

Bake to your hearts delight in a dream kitchen oven. I have used both great ovens and had the unfortunate experience of poor ones. a well equipped kitchen helps make baking for special events a joy and success. I’m not just saying that.

I always wanted double ovens because at Thanksgiving and Christmas there is never enough space for the entrees and pies.
KitchenAid Architect Series II KEBS277SSS.27" Double Electric Wall Oven
KitchenAid Architect Series II KEBS277SSS.27″ Double Electric Wall Oven with Even-Heat True Convection System in Upper Oven & Temperature Probe: Stainless Steel

You need an oven to bake your pies, and this one is one of the best moderately priced for the home cook.

Great cooks use reliable appliances. If you are remodeling your kitchen or looking for an additional or replacement oven, consider the great quality of a KitchenAid.

Tart Cherries for pie

Which is best for cherry pies? Sweet or tart?

I’m sure there are those who have their preference for sweet cherries, but the tang of a tart cherry just seems made for addition to the tender crust and sweetened juices of a fruit pie. There seems to be good reason why sour cherries are also called “pie cherries”.

And while almond flavoring and vanilla extract are often called for to additionally flavor the pie filling, I like a pinch of mace. Try it! Mace is the outer part of the nutmeg and has a somewhat more subtle , but delicious flavor that it adds. Mace particularly complements cherry flavors.

Cherry Slab Pie – Delicious Recipe For A Crowd

This recipe is from Smitten Kitchen who got it from Martha Stewart. I don’t know who Martha Stewart got it from. The variation of making a slab pie is ideal for serving a large group- like at a potluck, etc.

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Slab Cherry Pie
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From Smitten Kitchen
Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
55 minutes
Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
55 minutes
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Slab Cherry Pie
Print Recipe
From Smitten Kitchen
Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
55 minutes
Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
55 minutes
Ingredients
Filling
Glaze
Pie Dough
Servings: crowd
Instructions
Directions For Pie
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt. Stir to combine; set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the larger piece of dough into an 18-by-12-inch rectangle. Work quickly, keeping the dough as cold as possible (and tossing it in the freezer for a couple minutes if it softens too quickly; it is summer after all) and using enough flour that it doesn't stick to the counter.
  3. Transfer to a 15-by-10-by-1-inch rimmed baking sheet, (pastry will hang over sides of pan). Line with parchment, if you wish (recommended). Pour cherry mixture into lined baking sheet; set aside.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining piece of dough into a 16-by-11-inch rectangle. Drape over filling. Bring bottom pastry up and over top pastry. Pinch edges to seal. Using a fork, prick top crust all over. Brush with heavy cream or egg wash.
  5. Bake until crust is golden and filling is bubbling, 40 to 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until just warm to the touch, about 45 minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk, water or lemon juice (your choice) until desired glaze consistency is achieved. Use a spoon to drizzle over top. Serve warm or room temperature.
For Pastry
  1. Fill a one cup liquid measuring cup with water, and drop in a few ice cubes; set it aside.; whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt. Dice two sticks (8 ounces or 1 cup) of very cold unsalted butter into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Mix: Sprinkle the butter cubes over the flour and work them in with the pastry blender, blended evenly until the size of petit peas.
  3. Drizzle 1/2 cup of the ice-cold water (but not the cubes, if there are any left!) over the butter and flour mixture. Using a rubber or silicon spatula, gather the dough together. You'll probably need an additional 1/4 cup of cold water to bring it together, but add it a tablespoon as a time. Once you have large clumps with the spatula, mix with your hands . Gather the clumps together, kneading them gently.
  4. Divide the dough in half, and place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape it into a disk. Let the dough chill in the fridge for one hour, but preferably at least two, before rolling it out.
  5. Dough will keep in the fridge for about a week, and in the freezer longer. If not using it that day, wrap it in additional layers of plastic wrap to protect it from fridge/freezer smells. To defrost your dough, move it to the fridge for one day before using it.
Recipe Notes

Try this at your next buffet or potluck.

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The original recipe is here, http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/07/sour-cherry-slab-pie/.

Sweet Little Tarts

Tart Montmorency
Tart Cherries Are Best For Pies

Pie Making Tips

From the American Pie Council

 Pie Making Tips 
  • Read the entire recipe before starting your pie. Make sure you have all of the ingredients and utensils and take time to understand all the directions. Skipping this step is the major cause of mistakes.
  • Cold ingredients are the one most important matter when making a great pie crust Have cold bowls and utensils for an extra measure of success. Be sure to chill the dough for at least an hour before rolling it out. Keep the shortening cold for a deliciously flaky crust.
  • Don’t overwork the dough. Your shortening or butter should be coated with flour mixture, not blended with it. Over handling and mixing causes gluten to form, and this is what toughens the dough. Cool your hands before handling, if possible (run under cold water and then dry thoroughly).
  • Transfer crust dough into the pie pan with care. Fit the dough into the dish while avoiding stretching. Trim the dough to 1″ inch over hang and tuck it under itself to create a thick rim.
  • With the index finger on one hand, press the dough against the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand; continue around the perimeter of the crust and dish, this is called fluting.
  • Bake the pie in the lower third of the oven, which helps bottom crust to finish baking. another tips is to cover the edges with foil or a crust protector so the edges won’t over brown.
  • Use only fresh ingredients. Make seasonally available fruit pies for best flavor. Cherries are in season during the month of June.

Pie Birds!

Spode Christmas Tree Pie Bird
Spode Christmas Tree Pie Bird Use this on your double crust pies to prevent the juices from bubbling out . It helps you attain that crisp, tender crust that sets your pies apart from the rest.
American Pie Council has lots of recipes to try.

Cherries Are Red

Beautiful Lattice Cherry Pie
Beautiful Lattice Cherry Pie

Which make them the perfect fruit filling for a pie that celebrates Valentine’s Day. AND February is National Cherry Month.

What is Cherry Pie Day?

And Why?

When I was a kid Presidents Day was a big deal in school, and along with that was the day to learn about the first U.S. President, George Washington. What does this have to do with cherries? You must have heard the tale of George’s famous ( albeit legendary and maybe imagined ) confession, “I cannot tell a lie, I cut down the cherry tree”. And cherries were linked to George Washington Day in February (his actual birthday is February 11th by the Julian calendar), now called “President’s Day” and used to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and George Washington; and, well, all the presidents, really. Whew, how complicated! That is an example of what happens when the government gets involved with things, isn’t it?

Who Thought Up This Holiday?


Well, this is not about the debate over President’s Day or the telling of myths and legends, but of something that we can all agree upon… a great cherry pie is worth celebrating. The wonderful thing about this fruit filling is that it is a great way to make a delicious pie any time of the year- even in the tail end of winter, during February. If using tart pie cherries, there really isn’t much quality difference between canned and fresh, unlike many of the other fruits, like peach or apple. Cherry pies are fine tasting using cherries you have canned from the cherry season of June last year. Now there is a taste difference in pie fillings, so if you use canned cherries and not the syrupy canned pie filling, it will produce a much better pie.

Where did National Cherry Pie Day originate? No one seems to know. It must have originated somewhere. My guess is that an organization like the Pie Council that claims authorship of National Pie Day, or the National Cherry Growers Association or some similar marketing group, declared it and set the date to fall around the time President’s Day is celebrated. Organizations quite often lobby for their representative food to have a national day. Besides National Cherry Pie Day, there are days for Cherry Cobbler and Cherry popovers. And there is one for moldy cheese, too, but that is somewhat beside the point.

The point is that you have an excuse to bake a perfectly delectable cherry pie and eat it in celebration of the day!

Don’t just bake a pie… play some games, learn about cherries, make it a fun and different day of celebration.

A Game To Play On Cherry Pie Day

CHERRY PIE GAME

~by Kylan from Kansas -5th Grade Teacher

We play a game called Cherry Pie. You stand in a circle and give the first student a word. He or she gives the first letter of the word. You continue going around the circle each person giving one letter. If someone misses they sit down and are out for the game. If the word is spelled correctly the person after the one who said the last letter correctly says, “cherry pie” and they are out for the game. This continues until there is only one person standing. I keep the game moving quickly, and I do no repeats, if they stutter or don’t know where we are they are out. This keeps them listening to every word.

10 Really Cute, Yummy Appetizer Ideas

Let’s Start With Something Savory

Like little dinner entrees, many of the new appetizers are now miniature versions of full size favorites and treats. I like this one for spaghetti and meatballs. then try some of the healthy ones with mainly veggies, or dig into one of the many that feature cream cheese. Even some that serve as little desserts.

1. Tiny Spaghetti And Meatballs


Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizers
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Servings Prep Time
12 appetizers 15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
12 appetizers 15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizers
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 appetizers 15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
12 appetizers 15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
Servings: appetizers
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water,until al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and toss in a bowl with olive oil; refrigerate until cooled, about 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Toss cooled spaghetti with 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Divide spaghetti between the 12 prepared muffin cups, arrange noodles in each cup to create "nests".
  4. Top with 1 tablespoon pasta sauce, 1 meatball, and 1 more tablespoon pasta sauce for each one. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese over the tops of all meatballs.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until pasta and meatballs are heated through and cheese melts, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly before transferring muffin bites to a serving platter
Recipe Notes

Sprinkle with shredded parsley or arugula for color. Serve in a small pool of sauce if desired.

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2. Grilled Zucchini And Smoked Salmon Rolls


Grilled Zucchini, Cream Cheese, and Smoked Salmon Rolls
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Appetizer rolls made with a few easy ingredients of smoked salmon, zucchini, cream cheese, and minced peppers.
Servings Prep Time
4 15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Servings Prep Time
4 15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Grilled Zucchini, Cream Cheese, and Smoked Salmon Rolls
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Appetizer rolls made with a few easy ingredients of smoked salmon, zucchini, cream cheese, and minced peppers.
Servings Prep Time
4 15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Servings Prep Time
4 15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. roast red pepper halves,cool, mince
  2. mix with chili pepper and cream cheese
  3. spread cream cheese mixture on smoked salmon strips
  4. slice thin zucchini strips, lightly grill
  5. place salmon and cream cheese strips on top of grilled zucchini strips, roll up and secure with toothpicks
  6. Top with a couple sprigs of chive leaves
Recipe Notes

This pepper should be on your list to grow next year. It would be ideal for this recipe:

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3. Gussied Up Cream Cheese

cream cheese
Appetizer spread for crackers

Here is an idea from helloluvvy.com with just three ingredients:

  • Flattened and cutout cream cheese
  • Red pepper jelly
  • Jalapeno slivers

Just serve with a selection of crackers.
That sounds really yum, but I have a secret ingredient I like that would be perfect with this:
Harry and David’s Pepper and Onion Relish. Yes, that is what I would slather on top of the darling little cream cheese shapes (which btw, you could use cookie cutters to make any shape you wanted).

Just in case you need an easy access, try this link to the original ( there are other flavors for this popular relish)

I really think you should get it in bulk because over the year you will find all sorts of things that taste better with a dollop of this relish: eggs, sandwiches, cold meats, etc.

4. Lapsang Souchong (Tea) Eggs

Tea Egg Appetizerss
Print Recipe
Flavoring hard boiled eggs for a delightful appetizer ingredient
Servings Prep Time
12 24 hours
Cook Time Passive Time
2 hours 1 day
Servings Prep Time
12 24 hours
Cook Time Passive Time
2 hours 1 day
Tea Egg Appetizerss
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Flavoring hard boiled eggs for a delightful appetizer ingredient
Servings Prep Time
12 24 hours
Cook Time Passive Time
2 hours 1 day
Servings Prep Time
12 24 hours
Cook Time Passive Time
2 hours 1 day
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cover eggs with water; bring to simmer; let sit for four minutes. Darin and rinse. Lightly crack the outside shell all over.
  2. Add all ingredients to the peppercorns in saucepan. Bring to boil then low simmer for 30 minutes. cool. Steep in liquid overnight.
  3. Take one cup of liquid and reduce by half. Mix 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, sliced green onions, and cracked pepper in with reduced liquid.
  4. Peel 6 eggs, and slice. Chop the remaining peeled eggs and mix with the mayonnaise mixture to make an egg salad.
  5. Assemble appetizers: Put slices on rice crackers, top with a dollop of egg salad mixture, a sprig of cilantro and a bit of cracked black pepper.
Recipe Notes

This came from Savorthis on Food52. The tea eggs are an ancient Chinese delicacy that is wellknown in Chinese cooking.

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5. Caramel Grapes

grape appetizer
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Cute AND sweet! These make a nice change from the savories. Little fresh fruit bites are simply large juicy grapes dipped into caramel and then into chopped nuts (just like their big sister caramel apples). Make and serve right on the toothpicks.

6. Little Piglets

Making pigs in a blanket look like the real thing.

pigs in a blanket
Wrap the dough around the sausage, but with ears, eyes, and a nose.

Use this recipe for dough, and assemble around the pieces of sausage.

Dough For Piggies
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To make piglet appetizers use this recipe for the dough to wrap up the sausages.
Prep Time
3 hours
Cook Time
18 minutes
Prep Time
3 hours
Cook Time
18 minutes
Dough For Piggies
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To make piglet appetizers use this recipe for the dough to wrap up the sausages.
Prep Time
3 hours
Cook Time
18 minutes
Prep Time
3 hours
Cook Time
18 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix together the milk, sugar, and vegetable oil in a saucepan. Heat until the mixture is just below boiling. Let cool until lukewarm.
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the liquid, waiting one minute
  3. Stir in 2 cups of flour, allow sticky, wet dough to rise for about 1 hour.
  4. After rising: Stir in the 1/4 cup flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add in a little more flour til workable.
  5. Divide into 13 sections. Flatten dough balls into 4 inch rounds. Surround each 2 in. piece of sausage like a dumpling, making slightly oblong shape. Place on greased baking sheet, seam down. Finish al twelve sausage pieces.
  6. Let rise, covered, for 20-30 minutes; or until puffy.
  7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Beat the egg and brush 3 of the dough balls with the egg wash. Take 13th ball of dough and make marble sized balls into snouts for pigs. Add to pig body and pierce with two toothpicks (which remain in while baking). Place eyes and then teardrop shaped ears.
  8. When all piglets are assembled bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Remove toothpicks.
Recipe Notes

This fun idea came from this blog, and tastes like the tried and true appetizer we all remember but with such a darling presentation that it looks brand new.

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7. Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
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Crispy breaded veggies.
Servings Prep Time
4 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
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Crispy breaded veggies.
Servings Prep Time
4 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat
  2. Combine Parmeson cheese and Panko in a flat bottomed bowl.
  3. Dredge zucchini rounds in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture,
  4. Cooked breaded rounds in oil until evenly crisp and golden. (About a minute each side). drain on paper towels.
Recipe Notes

Found on Pinterest, these would be a very nice, hot appetizer.

Grow your own zucchini.

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zucchini appetizers
Delicious and pretty healthy

8. Mini Waffles And ?

Southern Living has them topped with chicken, but there are oodles of other things to make an appetizer that really stands out.

mini waffles
Mini waffles – idea and recipe on Southern Living

You will need a mini waffle maker iron for these. worth it if you have children or just want to make these as a regular appetizer base.

Topping could include:

  • Dipped in chocolate and sprinkles
  • Fruit and whipped cream
  • Bacon and scrambled egg with touch of salsa
  • Shredded BBQ pork or Chicken

9. Mini Potatoes

potatoes
via Pinterest

Your favorite potato, baby sized. Cook til golden brown, slice open and fill with your favorite topping. This one is simple sour cream and chives.

10. Fairy Toadstool Eggs

stuffed eggs
Cute for Christmas, Fairy Princess party or Summer get-together

Hard boil small or pullet sized eggs, peel. Prepare cherry tomato halves. either construct using hardboiled eggs or slice off top and scoop out yolk to mix with mayonnaise and mustard. Cap with cherry tomato half. Arrange on bed of Alfalfa sprouts. Crumble some feta cheese and apply to caps.

I hope these cute appetizer ideas get you inspired to add something special to the start of your holiday meals and parties.

The beginning image is from the recipe for tiny lemon tarts on The 350 Degree Oven made from 3 simple ready-made ingredients:
pie crust, lemon curd, and a dusting of powdered sugar.