This year, I wanted to experiment with a few new and non-traditional recipes (for example: berry pie instead of pumpkin pie). The following highlights some interesting recipes I made from Real Simple and Epicurious.
Caramelized Onion Tart With Apples: I chose to make this because I liked the fact that this recipe was a mix of a savory and sweet flavors. Specifically, caramelized onions add a perfect flair to any recipe. Plus, this recipe called for Pastry Sheets which means I didn’t have to make the dough! Simple, easy, few ingredients, and delicious! What’s not to love?
Step 1: Chop Onions and Apples
Step 2: Caramelize Onions;
Add Apples and Other Spices
Step 3: Thaw Pastry Sheets, Add
Sour Cream, Apples and
Caramelized Onions, Bake!
Mustard-Crusted Pork Roasted With Shallots and Wine Sauce: This recipe just LOOKED amazing from it’s picture so I decided on a whim to make it. Good thing I wasn’t dissappointed! The addition of mustard made the pork juicy and very flavorful.
Step 1: Toss Shallots in Olive Oil
Step 2: Mix Mustards and Chopped
Sage; Add to Pork
Step 3: Bake at 400 Degrees for 95
Minutes, Cut, Serve!
Now, this next concoction was a mix of two recipes: Classic Sour Cherry Pie With Lattice Crust (crust) and Mixed Berry Pie With Ginger, Orange, and Almond Streusel (filling). Every time I make pie, I always end up with too many leftovers that do not get eaten in time. So, this time, I opted to make individualized berry pies. Plus, I found a super good deal at Kitchen Kaboodle ($2.95 each for Ramekins!).
Step 1: Make Dough With Flour, Butter,
and Other Ingredients; Chill Slightly
Step 2: Use Rolling Pin to Roll Out
Dough, Spread onto Ramekins,
Cut Off Border
Step 3: Use Pastry Wheel to Cut Lattices
Step 4: Stir Filling with Berries,
Sugar, Cornstarch, and Lemon Juice
Step 5: Fill Dough, Place Lattices, Bake!
The dessert definitely took the longest hands-on time to make, but it was definitely worth it. I hope your Christmas was fabulous!