The holidays are the perfect time to try interesting ingredients from health food stores such as Famous Foods. They will add some excitement to your holiday celebration. Try these three recipes to stretch your cooking skills in new directions.
If you have a smoker, use it to produce a succulent lamb filling for an unforgettable shepherd's pie. While a boneless lamb shoulder cooks in the smoker, prepare your vegetables in a Dutch oven. Once the veggies are ready, deglaze the pan with wine and add beef broth. Remove the lamb from the smoker after an hour and put it in the Dutch oven to simmer with the broth and veggies for three hours. In the mean time, boil organic potatoes and mash them with sour cream and an egg yolk. Shred the tender lamb and place it in a pan with the other ingredients. Cover with the mashed potatoes and cheese and finish in the smoker.
As an alternative to Christmas cookies, make some wonderful hand pies. A deep red cherry filling fits a festive holiday theme. The lemon zest complements the tart cherries, and a bit of brandy deepens the flavours. Tapioca thickens the filling so that you can bite into the hand pies and not have to worry about them dripping on your clothes. You make hand pies by rolling pastry dough and cutting it into eight rectangles. Mix the fruit filling and spoon three tablespoons onto each pastry rectangle. Brush pastry edges with egg wash, fold the pies shut, and seal the edges. After baking, drizzle the hand pies with a vanilla-almond icing.
A Harissa red chile paste does not overpower the palate with spicy heat but still has a complex, nuanced flavour. When used with eggplant, you get a great side dish that may be new to your holiday dinner guests. Roast sliced eggplant with the Harissa blend, capers, and olive oil. Once the eggplant is tender, arrange it on a platter. Prepare a creamy, sweet sauce from yogurt and cherry preserves to serve with the dish.
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