Helpful Holiday Recipes

Seena Kesht, Editor

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If you’re anything like me, the holiday season means stress! Having to deal with crazy Christmas shopping, hassling with trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone, or cleaning the house top to bottom for families arrival, just creates chaos and craziness! But if there is one thing that makes it all worth it, is the holiday meals. Read these recipes to serve and make your holiday dinner one to remember!

Peppermint Brittle
Prep time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ready in: 1 hour ten minutes

Ingredients:
2 pounds of white chocolate
30 small peppermint candy canes

  1. Use a jellyroll pan and line it with heavy-duty foil.
  2. Put the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it in the microwave for 5 minutes on medium setting. Stir it until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. Smash the candy canes into chunks of your desired size using a mallet or a rolling pin.
    Stir the peppermint into the melted white chocolate and spread it evenly in the pan and chill until it solidifies, it should take about one hour.
  4. When it cools break it into pieces of your desired size by slamming the pan onto the counter.

 

 

Parmesan Brussel Sprouts (two servings)
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min

Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic, chopped
6 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
3 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, or more to taste

  1. Heat a frying pan for 3 minutes on medium heat until hot. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter, cook and stir garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add another tablespoon of butter and the brussel sprouts with the cut-side down. Cover and cook until golden brown, 4-6 minutes.
  3. Flip the brussel sprouts and add your last tablespoon of butter. Cover and cook until the other side is browned which should take 3 minutes.
  4. Put it on a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and desired amount of salt and black pepper.

 

 

Bow-Ties and Broccoli(6-8 servings)
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 8-10 min
Ready in: 23-25 min

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons of salt
4 heads of broccoli (8 cups)
1/2 pound bow tie pasta
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 lemon, zested
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Grated Parmesan (optional)

  1. Cook the broccoli for three minutes in a pot of salted boiling water. Remove the broccoli after three minutes and place in a bowl to be set aside.
  2. Using the same water, cook the bow-tie pasta for about 12 minutes. Drain the excess water and add the cooked pasta to the broccoli.
  3. In a saute pan, heat the butter and oil and cook the garlic and lemon zest over medium heat for one minute. Once off the heat, add the salt, the pepper, and lemon juice and pour it over the broccoli and pasta. Mix well, sprinkle with pine nuts and cheese if desired.
  4. To toast the pine nuts, place in a dry saute pan over medium to low heat and cook, while often tossing for about five minutes or until light brown.

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Helpful Holiday Recipes