When it comes to cooking for the holidays, time-honored traditional recipes are a must. However, for home cooks and chefs alike, playing with new recipes is always a fun and creative way to get a kick-start to the holiday feasting! Traina Foods offers suggestions for ways to incorporate the company’s all natural dried fruits and ketchup into inspiring glazes for main dishes that will surprise family, friends and restaurant locals alike!
--Bourbon is a quintessential fall liquor and pairs well with steak, lamb and other red meats as a beverage. However, it is also a flavorful ingredient for holiday cooking. A simple bourbon glaze can be made with ingredients that are likely in any home or restaurant kitchen — brown sugar, bourbon, Traina Foods Sun Dried Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and good ol’ S&P (that’s salt and pepper for the novice cook!). Simmered together to thicken, then served over a roast or any holiday meat!
--For holiday cooking with Asian influences, Traina Foods plum sauce using Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup is easy to whip up and adds a unique flavor to meats, vegetables and rice dishes. Traina Foods Sun Dried Ketchup can also be mixed with soy sauce, sesame oil and sherry for a sweet glaze or vinaigrette.
--Dried apricots pair well with “the other white meat,” pork. From incorporating them into a fruity yet savory sauce for a pork tenderloin or mixing them with brown sugar and mustard for a sweet yet tangy glaze for holiday hams, dried apricots add much flavor while also adding to presentation, as dried apricot slices placed atop a finished ham or pork tenderloin add just the right finishing touch!
--For a quick holiday potluck item that everyone loves, simmer meatballs in a mixture of Traina Foods Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and grape jelly (or with an apricot habanero jelly, to spice things up!). Serve with mini buns or simply set out some toothpicks!
--Combined with red wine vinegar, curry powder and honey mustard, Traina Foods Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup pairs well with grilled salmon.
--Using dried cranberries and other dried fruits adds a zing to traditional a cranberry sauce side dish or cranberry chutney to serve with turkey at Thanksgiving or other holiday feast.
--Traina Foods’ Roast Chicken with Sun Dried Apricot Sauce is a certain crowd pleaser and presents beautifully for any holiday meal as well.
For home cooks and restaurant chefs alike, the family at Traina Foods reminds that the best ingredient for making a successful holiday feast is love!