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Recipes for the holiday season!

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Dec 10th, 2020

Celebrating the Holiday season with a collection of recipes that are sure to impress! Whether you’re hosting a pandemic friendly gathering of your bubble or on your own, these easy recipes will add some cheer to your holiday spirit.

Pistachio crusted lamb lollipop with pomegranate and mint salad

By: Chef Randy Feltis

INGREDIENTS

POMEGRANATE MINT SALAD

METHOD

Serves 8 appetizers
Cook time 10 minutes
Rest time 6 minutes
Special tools butcher twine, cast iron pan

  1. Trim the fat down to the top of the eye of the rack. Scrap off excess fat with a knife or pull off with butcher twine.
  2. Season heavy with salt and pepper and sear backside down in hot cast iron pan. When golden turn onto fat cap and place in oven at 450 degrees. Roast for 7-9 minutes, when the eye starts to push back remove and let rest for 6 minutes.
  3. Brush with mustard and crust with pistachio.
  4. Carve between the bones and place on platter.
  5. For the salad toss fresh pomegranate with herbs and olive oil. A squeeze of lime and salt and pepper.
    Place on lamb lollipop and serve.

Herb, apple apricot & lemon zest stuffing

By: DEVAN RAJKUMAR

This stuffing is packed with fall flavour and fresh herbs. Cook and mix your stuffing in advance or even the night before. Simply bake when ready to serve! This recipe will become a family favourite and all around staple at every Thanksgiving dinner.

INGREDIENTS

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Melt butter on medium heat in a large sauté pan or pot. Add white onions, Spanish onions, fennel, salt and pepper. Sauté until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 10-15 seconds. Tip all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  3. To the bowl add chopped apricots, granny smith apples, honey crisp apples, chicken stock, sage, parsley, bread cubes and eggs. Mix well to combine. Transfer stuffing mixture to prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, until top is golden brown and bread is tender. Let cool slightly. Sprinkle with chives before serving.

Apricot-almond rugelach

By: Amy Rosen

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE FILLING

FOR THE TOPPING

METHOD

For the dough,

  1. Place the flour, butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a food processor. Pulse until uniform large ball forms.
  2. Divide into three equal balls and wrap each in plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or, even better, overnight.

For the filling

  1. To prepare the filling, warm the jam in a small pot over low heat or in the microwave for 30 seconds. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, crush the toasted almonds with your hands, or place them in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.

For the topping

  1. Mix the sugar with cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

Assembly

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the fridge about 30 minutes before using. On a well-floured surface, roll out one of the dough balls into a large circle, about 12 inches in circumference and about ⅛ inch thick. Repeat with the remaining two dough ball
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice each circle into 16 wedges and separate them slightly. Evenly divide the jam and almonds among the three circles (this comes out to about ½ teaspoon jam and a pinch of nuts per rugelach), leaving ½ inch clean at the outer edge.
  4. Roll the wedges into crescents by rolling the wider outer edge in toward the point.
  5. Place on the baking sheets, at least 1 inch apart, with the point sides dow Brush the tops of the rugelach with beaten egg and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  6. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20–22 minutes, or until golden brow These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Excerpted from Kosher Style: Over 100 Jewish Recipes for the Modern Cook by Amy Rosen. Copyright © 2019 Amy Rosen. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Lacy Latkes & Applesauce

By: Amy Rosen

INGREDIENTS

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

METHOD

  1. Using a food processor or box grater, grate the potatoes (no need to peel them). Transfer the potatoes to a clean tea towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out the potato liquid, getting the shreds as dry as possible.
  2. Place the potatoes in a very large bowl and mix together with the chopped onions, eggs, flour, salt and pepper. The acid in the onions will stop the potatoes from browning.
  3. In a large cast-iron skillet (or other heavy-bottomed skillet), heat ½ inch of oil over medium heat. Add heaping tablespoons of latke mixture, frying four or five at a time, for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Smoosh them down with the spatula a bit and add more oil as needed.
  4. When the latkes are cooked, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel to drain. You can serve these immediately or cook them ahead and reheat in the oven when guests arrive. Serve with applesauce, sour cream or Greek yogurt.
    Note: If you garnish with sour cream or yogurt, this recipe will become dairy.
    SERVES 6-8 S
    (continued)
  5. Homemade Applesauce: In a medium pot, bring the apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, salt and water to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, stirring often, until the apples are cooked and start falling apart, about 15 minutes. Blitz in the pot with an immersion blender until the desired consistency is achieved. Serve with latkes.

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