The holiday season is upon us, which for many means busting out the seasonal décor, enjoying cold nights by the fire, and whipping up a bounty of home-cooked meals. While you may be as busy as ever this year, you’ll have some new tricks up your sleeve with merry recipe and meal ideas from Hormel Foods. From gift suggestions to caroling fuel, let us help you make this December the most fun, easy and tasty one yet!
Holiday Dining 101 – Create the Perfect Menu: Cooking for the holidays cannot only be time-consuming – but it can also be a lot of pressure! With friends, family and kids to feed, everyone is looking forward to the big meal. Don’t you fear! Hormel Foods has plenty of family-favorite dishes to keep your guests satisfied and your mind at ease.
· The Main Event: Special occasions call for an extra special meal. A sure crowd-pleaser for a large group is new Premium HORMEL® CURE 81® Cherrywood Ham, which offers a delicious mix of sweet and smoky flavors. If you have a smaller group – or cooking a ham seems a bit intimidating – a quick and easy fix is HORMEL® ALWAYS TENDER® Lemon Garlic Pork Loin Filet. Just pop it in the oven for 35 minutes and it’s ready to serve!
· Savory Sides: Although the sides may not be the centerpiece of your meal, they still serve a great purpose! With any size group, it’s helpful to have a variety of dishes to compliment several taste palates.If you’re “carb loading” with mashed potatoes or corn bread (like this delicious CHI-CHI'S™ Fiesta Sweet Corn Cake) – try adding some veggie dishes to balance meal. These Roasted Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts using HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® bacon are easy to make and a fan favorite!
· Don’t Forget About Dessert: Even if everyone is full from the great meal you made for them – they’ll probably be keeping an eye out for some dessert. While pies, puddings and crisps are popular holiday dishes, you can also whip up some kid-friendly options like these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls. Or just offer new SKIPPY® PB Bites all by themselves in the double peanut butter or pretzel variety!
“Appy” New Year: For many NYE celebrations, it’s typical to attend larger gatherings or parties that serve mostly appetizers, opposed to a sit-down meal. If you’re hosting this year – and want to step up your app game – learn how to make a tasty Mashed Potato Bar with this “How To” video on Hormel.com using HORMEL® Homestyle Mashed Potatoes, HORMEL® CURE 81® Cubed Ham, HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits and more. If you’re short on time, you can also pick up HORMEL GATHERINGS® Party Trays or HORMEL® SNACKERS®as a quick and tasty fix that everyone will love.
Say “Hello” to the Perfect Gift: With the holiday season upon us, gift givers will soon be looking for the perfect presents for their loved ones. Whether you’re shopping for a foodie-enthusiast friend, quirky colleague, or lover of Japan’s most popular “Kitty,” two iconic brands have united to offer the ultimate stocking-stuffer – limited edition Hello Kitty SPAM® Musubi kits. Previously only available at select events, fans were excited to merge two of their passions – the popular SPAM® Musubi dish and adorable the Hello Kitty brand.
· Your Chance to Win: This limited-edition gift set is available online for $15.00. We’re giving one lucky blogger the opportunity to win a kit to try out at home, all you need to do it mention it via a blog post or on your social channels for a chance to win. Good luck!
Jamie King’s “Feastgiving”: To kick of the holiday season, Hormel Foods and Jamie King – known for her performances in movies like Pearl Harbor (2001), Hart of Dixie (2011) and Sin City (2005) – came together to host a “Feastgiving” for the actress’ family in their Beverly Hills home. The meal featured seasonal dishes, including Brussels Sprouts with HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Premium Pecanwood Bacon, Lemon Brined Jennie-O® All Natural Roast Turkey with Sage Butter and SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie. You can check out all these recipes on the Hormel Foods Pinterest page for a holiday Feastgiving of your own!
Food Trends from the Test Kitchen: Mash-ups! Creating a hybrid of fun and unique flavors can result in some new recipe favorites or even a new outlook on food. If you’re looking for aquick and easy experiment, try combining creamy caramel and chunky CHI-CHI'S® Salsa in this Caramel Apple Fondue recipe paired with apple wedges, pretzels and tortilla wedges for dipping to create a uniquely delicious fondue experience.
Winter Bucket List: No need for the winter blues this year. Whether you’re caroling, sledding, crafting or, of course, cooking – there are plenty of activities to keep you busy this season. For a fun indoor activity with the family, create this edible Graham Cracker House using a variety of popular holiday flavors like peppermint, chocolate and cinnamon paired with SKIPPY® Peanut Butter frosting to hold it all together.
I received complimentary food.