The holidays are here! For many, the holiday season is a time to celebrate our family and friends. It’s a season to reflect on the past year and look forward to new adventures in the next. It’s a time to put away our differences and be with those we love. And, of course, it can be a season of whipping up some great recipes in the kitchen.
Do you have a holiday tradition of making a certain dish, cookie or drink? Perhaps you can still remember the sweetness of the icing as you decorated cookies with your family as a child. Maybe the small sips of egg nog reminds you of staying up late Christmas Eve. Or everytime you bite into a berry scone, you think of waking up Christmas morning and celebrating the day with those you love.
We all have those foods that bring back memories or remind us of our love for the season. While we all have our staples, the world of holiday foods is just waiting to be discovered. Here, we share 11 holiday recipes - with an extra flavor surprise of EVOO or balsamic - that you can add to your holiday foods bucket list.
With the holiday season, chances are there are probably a few parties you’ll be hosting or attending. Wow the guests with these easy yet delicious appetizers that will get people asking for your recipe.
For this super simple appetizer idea, start by toasting some bread or crostini. Combine quartered cherry tomatoes, pinch of salt and EVOO (we suggest Basil Olive Oil). Stir in some chiffonade basil for some festive color. Top toasted bread slices with tomato mixture and drizzle 18 Year Balsamic on the top.
For another take on bruschetta, try this flavor pairing with pear, cheese and olives. The sweet drizzle of the Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar brings in the sweet from the pear with the sharp and salty goat cheese and olives.
Keep the red and green colors going with these fun skewers. Cut each ingredient into bite-sized pieces and alternate as you slide them on the skewers. Drizzle EVOO and balsamic for a flavor finish (we suggest Herbs de Provence oil and Raspberry Balsamic reduction).
Combine the smooth texture of goat cheese with the sweet bite of figs in this easy appetizer perfect for your next holiday party. Simply cook down your figs with a few other savory flavor additions. Top your block of goat cheese with these softened and sweet fruits for a quick and festive side.
Whether you choose to pour it on your roasted turkey or just a slice of bread, this spiced cranberry sauce is full of flavor and a perfect addition to your dishes. In a saucepan, combine cranberries, mandarin slides, apple, brown sugar, ginger, cloves, orange juice and Cinnamon Pear balsamic. Heat until cranberries burst, about 15 minutes. You can even serve this sauce hot or cold depending on your dish.
Celebrating with friends can be a great opportunity to try out some new drink combinations. Get your bartending on and try out these fun holiday concoctions - some for all ages, some for adults only.
For a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage, try this sparkling drink that will keep the party going. Simply combine sparkling water, Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar and raspberry sorbet for a sweet and bubbly sip.
For a sweet and creamy beverage that tastes like Christmas, try this Peppermint float that will amaze your guests and family. It starts with combining ginger ale with Ginger & Honey balsamic and 12 Year White balsamic. Add in honey, heavy cream and peppermint ice cream to get that classic winter flavor. Top with peppermint candies and you’re ready for a wintertime treat.
Looking for a way to amp up the flavor of this traditional holiday drink? Try out this Cinnamon Pear Eggnog recipe that will sure to be a delightful surprise. The sweet and flavorful Cinnamon Pear Balsamic Vinegar adds another layer of flavor in addition to those cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
For many, the holidays aren’t complete without a day of baking in the kitchen with family. Whether you’re into simple sugar cookie decorating or amping it up with macaroons, Christmas cookies make a great gift idea - and snack for yourself. Check out these cookie recipes and get baking.
Like Christmas cookies, truffles make a great gift idea for friends and neighbors, or even just a treat for yourself. Try out these Oreo Espresso truffles that you can whip up in no time. Just combine oreo cookies, cream cheese and drizzle in some Espresso Bean balsamic for a coffee-inspired flavor.
Looking for the perfect breakfast to wake up to on Christmas morning? Try the sweet taste of these Pecan and Cherry Sticky Buns. The dough of these sweet rolls incorporates the light and fruity flavor of our Meyer Lemon olive oil. The sweet glaze on top incorporates the fruitiness of our Blood Orange olive oil and the tart taste of our Traverse City Cherry balsamic vinegar. Prepare this sweet treat ahead of time and be ready for a sweet surprise in the morning.
Try out these french cookies this season with this easy recipe. The coconut flakes mixed in with the sweetened condensed milk and egg whites balance well with Fustini’s Cara Cara Vanilla balsamic vinegar. Get your baking on with these sweet macaroons with a coconut twist.
The holiday season is a great time to spend in the kitchen with those you love. Whip up your old favorites and try something new this season. Whatever dishes and sweet treats you make, there’s almost always an opportunity to amp up the flavors with EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Discover what new additions you can bring to your holiday cooking.
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