Holiday Menu Must-Haves

November Update

With Thanksgiving just days away, we wanted to drop some holiday day menu inspiration in your inbox. We all have our favorite holiday recipes, but if you don’t mix it up every once in a while you’ll never know what you’re missing out on! Step away from your holiday routine and give one of these incredible recipes a try – we know you won’t regret it!

RECIPE: Brussels Sprouts Gratin
If you’re like us and love all things cheesy – this recipe for Brussels Sprouts Gratin courtesy of SkinnyTaste.com is the ultimate Thanksgiving addition! Simple, gooey and delicious it checks every box making it the perfect side dish for the entire family… kids included!

RECIPE: Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mac ‘N Cheese
Mac ‘N Cheese may not necessarily be a classic Thanksgiving staple, but we’ve never met someone who was disappointed to hear it would be on the menu…
This recipe for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mac ‘N Cheese courtesy of CafeDelites.com offers a sophisticated twist on an all-time favorite.

RECIPE: No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
This simple, smooth and silky No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake courtesy of TheRecipeRebel.com offers a scrumptious twist on a dessert classic and tastes like fall!

Pssst! … Valentines Day Is Coming Up!

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Already?! How is that even possible? It was just New Years Eve and here we are planning for Valentine’s Day… and not to freak you out, but pressure’s on – they’re probably going to be posting pics of their dinner all over Facebook 🙂

No worries, we’ve scoured cookbooks and blogs to bring you some really solid options for your dinner menu. There’s something here for everyone so poke around and pick your poison!

BEEF – Caprese Steak
Prepare to go capr-azy over Caprese Steak courtesy of Delish. After all, at the end of the day it’s a juicy filet topped with a thick slice of cheese. If that doesn’t scream love we don’t know what does!

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CHICKEN – Maple Roasted Chicken Quarters
If you’re looking for something sweet yet savory this recipe may be just the ticket. Pure maple syrup helps to almost caramelize the chicken skin and the veggies nestled underneath are anything but ordinary. This gem courtesy of Chocolate Moosey is one of those meals you just don’t forget. Like, ever.

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PORK – Brown Butter Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
Yep. You read that right. Apples and Onions. May sound a little off, but these chops are spot ON. The only stipulation to this recipe from The Lucky Penny is that you really need a cast iron skillet to execute this one to it’s fullest potential. Don’t get hung up on the onion/apple combo we promise it’s better than it sounds!!!

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LAMB – Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata
This next one from Country Living sounds super fancy (see: pain in the butt), but we promise it isn’t! In fact, this Italian favorite requires just 5 ingredients. Pair it with some grilled veggies drizzled with Balsamic and voila – a delicious and ultra fancy-sounding Valentine’s Day dinner for two!

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SEAFOOD – Spicy Lobster Pasta
Have a hankering for a little seafood with your sweetheart? Spice up your Valentine’s night with this surprisingly simple show stopper courtesy of Epicurious. This one’s a favorite for those who like it hot!

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So… which one will you pick?! Post pictures of your Valentine’s dinner creations on our Facebook page – we’d love to try out some of your favorite recipes too!

Happy Eating!

Recipe: Tasty Turkey Casserole

Recipe: Tasty Turkey Casserole

If you’re expecting a full house this Easter, this incredibly easy 4-step recipe for Tasty Turkey Casserole is a great option for a no-fuss crowd pleaser. Set aside 5 minutes to prep 1 or 2 casseroles, toss in the refrigerator and enjoy more time with your family and less time hustling around the kitchen. This recipe is delicious any time of the day, but we think it makes a pretty great lunch option when served alongside your favorite cold pasta salad, warm rolls and fresh sweet tea.

Casserole Ingredients

  • 4 Cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 Small onion, chopped
  • 1 Can cream of chicken soup
  • 3 Cups herbed croutons
  • 1 Tbsp minced parsley
  • 1 Can cream of mushroom soup

Mushroom Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 Tbsp minced parsley flakes
  • 1-2 Drops tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1/4 Tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 Tsp pepper

Method

  1. Combine casserole ingredients in bowl and spoon into 9 x 13 baking dish. Pat smooth.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  3. Combine Mushroom Sauce ingredients and spoon over casserole.
  4. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Makes 8-10 servings.

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Not completely sold on this recipe? Check out a few of our other favorite options:
Southern Fried Chicken
Ranch Pork Chop Casserole
Veal Piccata

 

Warm Up With Salsa Verde Chicken

There’s almost nothing better than coming home to a house filled with the irresistible aroma of a hot meal, which is why we absolutely love crockpot creations. This week we’re featuring a recipe for delicious crockpot Roasted Salsa Verde Chicken with homemade salsa verde. You can, of course, use your favorite store-bought salsa verde, but this recipe is simple and really makes the difference — we’re confident that once you try it you won’t go back. Just toss a few of your Passanante boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot and enjoy this tasty meal for days!

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 10 tomatillos, husk removed and washed
  • 1-2 serrano peppers (1 serrano for medium, 2 for spicy)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, cut into fourths
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Method:
1. Turn oven on broil.
2. Line a cooking sheet with foil. Place tomatillos, onion, and serrano pepper(s) on the cooking sheet. Place in oven and broil for 15-20 minutes, or until they are slightly charred and the tomatillos are very soft, squishy and oozing.
3. Add the roasted tomatillos, onions and serranos to a food processor with the lime juice, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Puree. Serve immediately if you want it served warm, or place in a storage container and store for up to 1 week.

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

Rinse and pat dry chicken breasts. Season with salt, pepper and cumin. Place 1/2 red onion, sliced, in bottom of crockpot. Layer seasoned chicken breasts on top of the onions. Stir together 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 1/2 cup homemade roasted salsa verde and pour salsa mixture over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours then shred using two forks. Throw on top of a salad, make some tacos or stuff and roast a poblano pepper!

Passanante’s Top 5 Poultry Tips

National Chicken Month

Passanante’s Top 5 Poultry Tips

1) When Storing: Refrigerate poultry promptly after purchasing. Keep it in the coldest part of our refrigerator for up to 2 days. Freeze poultry for longer storage and never leave poultry at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.

2) When Freezing: You can freeze properly packaged uncooked poultry parts for up to six months and a whole bird for up to a year. Freeze cooked poultry dishes for four to six months, and never refreeze chicken that has been thawed.

3) When Thawing: The safest place to thaw poultry is the refrigerator. For faster thawing, place the wrapped package in a large bowl of cold water and allow it to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Change the water and repeat the process until thawed. Never leave frozen poultry on the counter to thaw.

4) When Frying: Canola oil provides a much milder taste when frying, and it contains healthier amounts of saturated and polyunsaturated fats. Do not cover the chicken once it has finished cooking because covering will cause the coating to lose its crispiness.

5) When Cooking: For many recipes you can substitute one cut of chicken for another. Just remember that bone-in chicken pieces require longer cooking times than boneless pieces.

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