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During the holidays, families come together and celebrate a year’s worth of memories. With any good celebration comes a good meal. This holiday, try some new recipes to wow your family with your culinary abilities. Also Read - Gochujeon or Chilli Pepper Pancakes Recipe: Follow These Easy Steps to Make The Tasty Pancakes at Home

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Sage 

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Sage

It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkin soup is a signature fall dish. The addition of fresh sage leaves add a flavorful twist to the recipe.

Total time: 50 Mins

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 1 apple, peeled and diced

  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin, roasted and diced, see note below

  • 1 tablespoon sage leaves

  • 3 cups chicken stock

  • 1 cup cream

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Then add onion, carrot, apple, roasted pumpkin, sage and sauté approximately 8-10 minutes until tender. Next, puree the mixture in a blender. Transfer the puree to the stockpot and add the chicken stock. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Then, add the cream and simmer for another 5 minutes on low heat so that it does not boil.

Seasoning: Add salt and crushed pepper as per your taste.

How to roast pumpkin?

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the whole pumpkin into several large pieces. Remove the seeds (keep them aside for another use). Place the pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet, smear them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast them until they become tender. It may take about 30-40 minutes. After the pieces cool down, dice them.

Recipe courtesy: Chef Kerry Simon, Simon Kitchen & Bar, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Fennel and Orange Salad

fennel and orange salad

If you are looking to add a unique dish to your holiday menu, this Fennel and Orange Salad is the one for you!

Total time: 10 mins

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced

  • 2 medium oranges, peeled

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons sweetened dried cranberries

Directions:

Add some peeled, sliced oranges into a bowl. Next, add some freshly crushed fennel seeds. Sprinkle olive oil, red wine, vinegar, cranberries, salt and pepper. Fennel and orange salad is ready! Super easy, isn’t it?

h/t to Robin Miller

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are a quintessential aspect of a holiday menu. Cranberry sauce is also really yummy.

Total time: 40 minutes approx.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 strip orange or lemon zest

  • 2 tbsps of water

Directions:

Empty a half packet of cranberries into a saucepan and keep the other half aside. To the saucepan, add sugar, 1 strip orange or lemon zest and 2 tbsps of water and cook on low heat. Keep stirring occasionally and wait until the cranberries turn soft. It may take about 10 minutes. Increase the heat and cook for another 12 minutes until the cranberries burst. Then reduce the heat and add the remaining cranberries. Add some more sugar, salt and pepper as per your taste and serve at room temperature.

h/t to Food Network Kitchen

Apple Pie

apple pie

The holidays are incomplete without a slice of apple pie. Easy to make: just buy apples from your local grocer or farm and let the baking begin.

Total time: 3 hours (trust me, it’s totally worth it!)

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

Pastry:

  • 2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

  • 4 to 6 tablespoons cold water

Filling:

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium)

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Directions:

  • Take a medium-sized bowl, add 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix the two into a dough by adding water 1 tablespoon at a time.

  • Divide the dough into two parts and make them into balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 45 minutes until the dough is firm and cold. This helps the crust become flakier.

  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a rolling pin and roll one pastry round into a circle 2 inches larger than the upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths and place it in the pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom side.

  • Now take a large bowl, mix sugar, 1/4 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add apples and keep stirring until they are mixed well. Scoop the mixture with a spoon into the pastry-lined pie plate. Sprinkle a few pieces of butter over the filling. Cut the extra edge of the pastry from the edge of the plate.

  • Follow the same procedure for the other piece of dough.

  • Bake for about 40 to 50 minutes until the crust becomes brown and juice begins to ooze out of the crust.

Substitute: In the early English recipe of apple pie, honey was substituted for sugar. It’s healthy and adds an irresistible flavor to your pie.

Make sure you pick fresh, juicy apples for your pie. Serve hot with whipped cream or ice cream.

Try these scrumptious recipes and make this holiday season a special one. Happy Holidays and Happy Cooking!