November is here, and each falling leaf brings us closer to the holiday joys of crisp weather, seasonal decorations, and extra time with family and friends. Make some memories this fall with hearty recipes and meal ideas from Hormel Foods—from road trip snacks to Thanksgiving dinner, we have the products to keep your pantry stocked and your family fueled all season long!
Thanksgiving Shortcuts: Have no fear! The preparation for the “big feast” this Thanksgiving does not mean you have to spend hours slaving in the kitchen. We’ve listed some tips for taking shortcuts on prep time, giving you more quality time with family and friends at the dinner table this year.
· Know your numbers: Make sure you know how many people are attending your dinner, that way you know how much food to prepare and what to get at the grocery store. Whether you’re making turkey, ham or another main meat dish, make sure you’re choosing a size that fits your party (HORMEL CURE 81® ham has whole ham or half ham options) – a 1/2 pound (eight ounces) per person is a good rule of thumb.
· Hand out assignments: If you’re short on time, help in the kitchen or cooking space – there’s no problem for asking for a little help! Items like side dishes or appetizers are quick and easy for guests to bring, like HORMEL GATHERINGS® Supreme Party Tray or HORMEL® Bacon Ranch Mashed Potatoes fromHormel® side dishes. The extra help will give you more time to focus on dishes with longer prep times, like the turkey or ham.
· Prepare food the night (or days) before: Cleaning the salad greens, chopping up all the necessary veggies or even preparing entire dishes a day or two beforehand can save you a lot of time. In fact, stuffing, casseroles and marinades can actually taste better when they’re made a few days in advance because their flavors have more time to blend, like this Herb Marinated Pork Filet using HORMEL® ALWAYS TENDER® Original Pork Loin Filet – which you can refrigerate overnight and prep quickly the next morning.
National Stuffing Month: It couldn’t be more perfect to have November as National Stuffing Month, but that doesn’t mean you only need to serve it on Thanksgiving. There are a variety of ways to cook it, and since the holiday season just begun, you can always make some now and freeze it for later occasions. Whether yours is bread- or meat-based, traditional or festive (adding nuts, cranberries and spices), or you’re stuffing it in a turkey or chicken – the possibilities are endless. Try this Bacon and Nut Stuffing using HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® bacon for starters!
Did You Know? That Hormel Foods is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year? The company dates its history all the way back to 1891 when George A. Hormel established Hormel Foods Corporation as Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in Austin, Minnesota. Since then, a variety of new, innovative and tasty products have been introduced, like the famous SPAM® luncheon meat in 1937 and HORMEL® CURE 81® ham in 1963!
Dinty Moore® 80th Anniversary: Another great anniversary happening this year is the 80thanniversary of Dinty Moore® beef stew. Dating all the way back to 1935, Jay C. Hormel, the son of Hormel Foods founder George A. Hormel, put his inventive thinking to work and created the infamous Dinty Moore® brand to become the No.1 selling stew in the nation. Today, it remains a staple in the American cupboard and comes in microwaveable bowls, cups and trays!
Food Trends from the Test Kitchen: Think outside the traditional grain-based pasta and venture for a new breed of noodles – spiralized vegetables. This sneaky way to eat more veggies can be made from a variety of foods from zucchini to carrots to even potatoes! If the sound of this faux-pasta trend isn’t completely appetizing to you, don’t forget your toppings can make the meal all on its own – try adding Hormel® Pepperoni Minis, HORMEL® CURE 81® Diced Ham or HORMEL® Real Bacon Sprinkles to your personal creation!
Peanut Butter Lovers Month: Although we like to enjoy the goodness of peanut butter all year round, the famed spread still needs a month of its own to celebrate. This month, try venturing out of your PB comfort zone of sandwiches and desserts and explore peanut butter in exciting new ways like in this Asian Peanut Noodle and Vegetable Salad for a light lunch or this Bacon Peanut Butter Burgerfor a hearty dinner using either the SKIPPY® Creamy or Natural Peanut Butter Spread.
What Are You Thankful For: During the holidays we focus on spending time with the friends and family we hold dearly, but most importantly, it’s also a time for people to show their thanks. We’d love to hear what you’re thankful for this year on social media – use the #HormelFamily hashtag and let us know!
I received complimentary product.