December 21st, 2012
December – the month when more people indulge in eggnog, gingerbread lattes, peppermint-flavored drinks, chocolate covered you-name-its, and our ever-favorite candy canes. December is also a month full of all the hustle and bustle of holiday decorating, holiday shopping, and party planning for offices, families, and friends. Some of us may have old recipes passed down for generations, while others are willing to try new dishes for the holidays. We, at Old Neighborhood, would like to share a few recipes using our products, that perhaps you could use at your own festivities. Though they don’t necessarily exhibit any “holiday cheer”, they each serve as tasty appetizers to satisfy you and your guests’ taste buds!
If you’re looking for holiday-themed recipes, you can take our Old Neighborhood Italian Sausage Hors d’oeuvres recipe and create a holiday sausage wreath, like the picture to the right. With all the sausage flavors we offer, you could actually make a very interesting variety plate! Also, just because it isn’t summer doesn’t mean you can’t use hot dogs!
For another holiday-themed appetizer, you can make…
1. Cut the deli meat into triangles. Place the ricotta into a Ziploc® plastic bag, making sure the bag is securely closed. Cut a small hole in one corner of the plastic bag. Attach the triangle deli to the cracker with a dab of the ricotta.
2. Pipe the ricotta along the bottom of the deli “hat” and along the opposite end of the cracker to form the beard. Use the ricotta to adhere the capers to the cracker for eyes.
3. Slice the celery and adhere to the cracker for the moustache and a dab of ricotta for the nose.
4. Serve cold and enjoy!
Stepping aside from holiday-themed dishes, you could also enjoy the following.
This recipe uses our Old Neighborhood Beef Shaved Steak. With our shaved steak being both low in fat, low in sodium, and completely unprocessed, this dish actually turns out to be a pretty healthy appetizer! For variety, you could even modify the recipe below by using Old Neighborhood Shaved Chicken with pineapple chunks, instead of pears!
Grilled Pear and Shaved Steak Skewers
∙ 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and cut into bite size pieces
∙ ½ package of Old Neighborhood Beef Shaved Steak
∙ Bamboo skewers
For the Sauce:
∙ 1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
∙ 2 teaspoons minced garlic
∙ 1 teaspoon freshly minced ginger
∙ 1 tablespoon soy sauce
∙ 2 tablespoons water
∙ 2 tablespoons sesame oil
1. Prepare the sauce by combining the hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, and sesame oil in a bowl.
2. In a closed container, combine the beef with half of the sauce, and let it marinade for 30 minutes. Set the unused sauce aside.
3. Place bamboo skewers in water to soak.
4. To prepare the skewers, remove the beef from the marinade and weave it onto bamboo skewers, alternating the pear pieces with beef. This should make about 4 to 5 skewers. Discard the marinade that was used for the beef.
5. Grill the skewers over a well-seasoned hot grate at medium heat for about 1 minute per side. Generously brush the skewers with the unused marinade.
6. Serve immediately.
Hopefully those are enough recipes to get you started with your festivities. Stay warm and safe as you enjoy your holidays! 2013 is just around the corner, along with our buckets of New Year’s Resolutions!