Holiday Favorites

Lowes Foods Original Recipes - Crafted by Chef Joe

Tips for planning the perfect Holiday: 

  • Depending on the hour you plan to have dinner, plan to have five to six types of snacks for guests to snack on while having before dinner drinks
  • Plan for each guest to eat one or two of each kind of appetizer 
  • Count on guests consuming two drinks in the first hour of your dinner and one drink during each following hour, stock up with 10% off the purchase of 12 or more bottles 
  • 50 percent of most guest prefer wine, stock up for the holidays.
  • Serve white wines cold - refrigerate for a few hours
  • Serve red wines slightly chilled - refrigerate for a 15 minutes 
  • Champagne/Sparkling keep refrigerated then keep on ice between pours

SausageWorks Stuffing Recipe

A stuffing from our Professors made with a little help from the Chicken Kitchen.

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients:

1 lb No. 47 The Sage Pilgrim ground SausageWorks sausage
1 cup diced celery from Pick and Prep 
3/4 cup Lowes Foods low sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup dried cranberries
8 Chicken Kitchen corn bread muffins
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
¼ cup sliced green onion

Directions

  1. Cook sausage in a saute pan with celery and allow to crumble
  2. While sausage cooks place cranberries, poultry seasoning and corn muffins into a large bowl. Break apart the muffins and mix ingredients
  3. Once sausage is cooked, pour it over the corn bread mixture and add chicken stock. Add green onions and toss together.
  4. Place in an oven proof greased container and cover with foil bake at 325 for approx. 45 minutes. Remove foil at the end of cooking to brown top.

Tips:

  • Try using the Jalapeno corn muffins for added flair
  • This can be made a day ahead of time
  • Be sure to cook to 160 degrees fahrenheit

Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
3-4 cups fresh Brussels sprouts cut in half and trimmed
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp salt
¼ c Parmesan
¼ tsp pepper


Directions
1. Bring a large pot of water to boil add 1 tbsp salt
2. Place Brussel sprouts in water for 1-2 min. drain and place in a mixing bowl
3. Toss rest of ingredients with Brussel sprouts and place on a cooking sheet and cook until lightly browned in a 350 oven

Holiday Spiced Nuts

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup plain Almonds
1 1/2 cup pecan halves
1 1/2 cups Cashews
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tbsp. pumpkin spice
1 ea. vanilla bean
2 tbsp. sea salt
1 half sheet wax paper
2 ea. whites from large eggs
1 tbsp. water

Directions

1. Turn crock pot on low heat. Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the insides. Combine with step two.
2. Combine contents in bag with egg whites and toss
3. Place in pot and cover, stir every 15-20 min for 1.5 hrs.
4. Drizzle water over nuts and cook for additional 15-30 min
5. Remove from container and chill on wax paper
6. Store in an airtight container for up to a week

Note:
Try adding 1/2 tsp cayenne to the mix for a spicy flair!

Spiced Wine

Ingredients

1 ea whole cinnamon stick
6 ea whole cloves
3 ea star anise
1 ea whole nutmeg (crushed)
1 ea candied ginger
1 ea vanilla bean
1/2 cups demerara sugar
1 ea bottle of Pinot Noir
1 ea navel orange cut in half
1 ea pear quartered
1 ea pomegranate split in half

Directions

1. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and place in a medium size pot with the rest of the ingredients form the bag.
2. Add wine and pear
3. squeeze the orange and add skin and all to pot
4. squeeze the contents of the pomegranate into pot and dispose of rind
5. bring to boil then immediately remove from heat
6. strain as desired, serve warm
7. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days


Note: Brandy can be added to taste if desired

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