Fresh Harvest Balsamic Glazed Ham

Balsamic Christmas Ham

An easy and delicious Holiday favorite!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Line a large roasting pan with foil. With a sharp knife, score the fat all over the ham in a diamond pattern. Place the ham, cut side down, in the roasting pan and cover tightly with foil.

Bake for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, reduce the balsamic to 1/2 cup, by gently simmering it in a medium sauce pan set over low heat. This process should be done slowly, taking around 25-30 minutes to complete. When the balsamic has become thick and syrupy and is reduced by half, remove from heat and whisk in the Dijon mustard.

After baking for an hour as mentioned above, remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 350°.

Using a pastry brush, liberally apply the balsamic glaze all over the ham, paying special attention to working it in to the scored portions. Cover just the shank end with a small piece of foil to prevent it from burning. Return the uncovered ham to the oven and roast for approximately 35 minutes, or until the glaze has caramelized and the ham is golden brown.   

Serves 8-10

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Roasted Cranberry Chicken

A delicious and easy recipe! Keep frozen cranberries from the holidays to have this anytime of the year! Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and they freeze well.


Directions:

Using a ninja, food processor or blender, process garlic, balsamic, olive oil, soy or Worchester sauce and ½ cup of the cranberries until smooth.

Place chicken pieces in a bowl and pour marinade over chicken. Stir well and cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour or more. Stir occasionally. Marinate up to 2 day tightly covered and chilled.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a large cast iron skillet or casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Remove the chicken from the bag, reserving the marinade. Place chicken pieces in the skillet or dish, skin side down, and season with salt and pepper (optional) I usually don’t. Sprinkle the remaining 1-cup cranberries around the pan.

Roast the chicken until the skin begins to brown and the meat is nearly cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Flip the chicken and brush each piece generously with the reserved marinade. Discard the remaining marinade. Raise oven temperature to 425°F, garnish with rosemary (optional) and cook until chicken is well browned, about 10-15 minutes more or until done. Serve immediately.

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Citrus Olive Oil Candle

orange candle

A crafty and unique way to use fresh fruit and Fresh Harvest olive oil. Did you know olive oil burns clean in lamps, etc? 

Step 1. Decide which citrus you’d like to turn in to a candle.  Half a standard size lime filled with olive oil will burn for about 1 hour, while half a lemon will burn for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours, and orange filled with olive oil will burn for about 3-3 1/2 hours, and a grapefruit for 4-5 hours.

Step 2. Cut your favorite citrus in half reserving the half that is connected to the long, white string-like pith that runs through the center of citrus fruits.  It is very important that this remain intact and connected to the citrus, as this is your candle “wick”.

Step 3. You can be meticulous and remove all the flesh of the citrus down to the white pith, or you can be lazy like me and simply get most of it out.  It will not affect the performance of your citrus candle.

Step 4.  Choose the type of Fresh Harvest Olive Oil you’d like to fill it with.  Any single cultivar extra virgin olive oil, fused olive oil or infused olive oil will burn in the candle, however I suggest staying away from burning the chili olive oils such as Baklouti, Cayenne, or Harissa.   Fill the citrus about 3/4 full, but make sure the wick is not fully submerged in the oil and at least 1/4″ is available to light.

Step 5. Gently coat the citrus pith or the “wick” with olive oil.  Using a stick lighter begin the process of lighting the wick.  This will take a minute or two as it is necessary to dry out the wick and char it to some degree.  Once it’s lit, it will stay so until all the oil is gone.

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Jeweled Pomegranate Cheese Ball

Pomegranate Cheese Ball

 by Kelly Clarke


Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. freshly grated white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. goat cheese
  • 4 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, thoroughly drained
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tbsp. Fresh Harvest Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar
  • Crackers / Chips of your choice

 

Directions: 

Combine the cheeses and the pineapple in a bowl and mix well. For a creamier dip, you can use an electric mixer. Add the almonds and pomegranate balsamic and mix. Shape into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove the pomegranate arils and allow them to dry on a paper towel. (Tip: Removing the arils can be time-consuming; a quick and easy way to remove them is to cut the pomegranate along it’s median and use the back of a wide spoon to strike the rind with the open part of the pomegranate facing a bowl.)

Cover the cheese ball with the arils and serve with crackers or chips of your choice.

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Turkey Stew with Dumplings

Turkey Stew with Dumplings

A wonderful recipe for left-over Turkey, or anytime! Substitute chicken for classic Chicken and Dumplings. This is an easy, homestyle recipe sure to please. 

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium carrots, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
  • 4 celery ribs, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
  • 1 cup chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Harvest Butter Olive Oil
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef consommé
    or a little over a cup left-over turkey gravy. 
  • 4 cups turkey, chicken or veggie  stock
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, cubed or hand shredded into bite size
  • 2 cups frozen cut green beans or corn
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Harvest Traditional Balsamic

DUMPLINGS:

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, saute  on medium heat the carrots, celery and onion in butter olive oil for 10 minutes. Add consommé, 4 cups stock, optionally add salt and pepper (to taste). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add turkey and beans or corn; cook for 5 minutes. Combine the flour, Balsamic and water until smooth; stir into turkey mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.

For dumplings:  combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in parsley and poultry seasoning. Combine milk and egg; stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Drop by tablespoons into simmering stew.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift the cover while simmering). Yield: 10-12 servings.

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Cran-Rummy Sauce with Raspberry Balsamic

CranRummy Sauce

This fresh cranberry sauce is the bomb! Made with dark rum and balsamic. We use honey to help sweeten without too much processed sugar. Try different flavors of our balsamic for a different taste! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (12 ounce) whole, fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup your favorite, authentic honey 
  • ¼ cup Fresh Harvest Raspberry Balsamic
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup good quality dark rum
  • 1 beautiful orange, zest and juice 

Directions:

  • Rinse off fresh cranberries, drain and put into saucepan.
  • Zest and juice the beautiful orange.
  • Add all ingredients to berries and stir well.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and stir well. Reduce heat to low. Cover loosely and let simmer on low for 30 minutes or more.
  • You want all the cranberries to ‘pop’ and the mixture will eventually thicken.
  • Stir frequently and stir well.
  • When mixture is nice and thick, and the berries have all ‘popped’ take off heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl for serving, or chill. It is best when chilled and will thicken more in the refrigerator.

Note: if all the berries don’t ‘pop’, that is fine. You can use a spoon to crush them or leave them whole for a chunkier sauce. If sauce gets too thick, add a bit more water. This can simmer for quite a while and will get thicker and better as it cooks.

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Turkey with Blood Orange Olive Oil

Turkey Blood Orange

This is a simple, easy and tasty way to roast your bird! The Blood Orange olive oil brings out wonderful flavors in the Turkey and really shines in this recipe. 

Ingredients:

Final Baste:

(whisk together well before using)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place rack in the lowest position of the oven. Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey well, and pat dry with paper towels. Place  turkey (breast side up) in a roasting pan. Rub the Turkey down liberally (inside and out) with the Blood Orange Olive Oil. The oil should form a nice pool in the bottom of the pot when complete. Next, sprinkle the Poultry seasoning all over the top and sides of the bird, throwing a bit of seasoning into the cavity of the bird as well.

If you have a large enough covered pot, this is ideal. If not you can use tin foil to cover the bird. Roast the Turkey per the chart below:

 Weight  of Bird  Roasting Time (Unstuffed)
10 to 18 pounds

3 to 3-1/2 hours

18 to 22 pounds

3-1/2 to 4 hours

22 to 24 pounds

4 to 4-1/2 hours

24 to 29 pounds

4-1/2 to 5 hours

(Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty
part of the thigh reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

Cook the Turkey covered for all but the last 1/2 hour or so. Baste the Turkey several times during the cooking process using the juices and Blood Orange Olive Oil at the bottom of the pot. Return lid after each baste and continue cooking.

For FINAL BASTING, remove the lid or foil from the bird. Brush the Cinnamon-Pear vinaigrette on the bird every 10 minutes for the final half hour while cooking uncovered. This should brown the bird evenly. Make more vinaigrette if needed. Rotate pan so skin does not burn.

Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter or cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let it stand for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving.  Enjoy!

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Eureka Holiday Dressing (Muffin or Bundt)

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This is a fun way to serve your holiday Dressing! Use non-stick muffin or Bundt cake pans to bake the dressing, garnish and serve. Delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (12 oz) Seasoned Stuffing Croutons
    (Or, here is a recipe to make your own.)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tsp Fresh Harvest Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped yellow or white onion
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped celery stalks
  • ½ pound sweet Italian sausage (casing removed)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ – 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet brown sausage and crumble it into small pieces as it cooks. When done, drain and set aside.

In the same skillet add ½ cup Fresh Harvest Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil, celery, onion and garlic. Sauté on medium heat until onion is just turning translucent (about 5 min.) Add cooked, crumbled sausage, apple and dried cranberries. Mix well.

In a very large bowl add beaten eggs and chicken broth. Mix well with a whisk. Next add the skillet mixture above and stir until well mixed. Finally add the stuffing croutons and stir LIGHTLY to incorporate mixture with the croutons, being careful not to crush them.  This mixture should be very wet, but not runny. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir again.  If too dry add more chicken broth. If too runny, add more croutons.

Now the fun part! Brush the remaining 1 tsp Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil into muffin pans or a Bundt Cake pan. (Then I usually spray the pan with non-stick spray thoroughly or I use more olive oil if needed to really lubricate the non-stick pan because you don’t want this to stick!) Pack the stuffing mixture into the wells of the pans.

For the large muffin pan, bake for 20-25 minutes.

For the Bundt Cake pan, bake 30-40 minutes.

Dressing should be well browned.  Let stand for at least 5-10 minutes before releasing from pan.  Garnish with chopped Parsley (optional) and serve. This will keep well in the fridge.

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Traditional Dressing with Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil

Stuffing1

This is an easy, no fuss recipe that yields great results! Using the Fresh Harvest Olive Oil instead of butter creates a moist and beautiful dressing that keeps wonderfully for leftovers. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (12 oz) seasoned Croutons for stuffing (use the whole crouton style, not the bread crumb style).
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or turkey stock
  • 1/3 cup of Fresh Harvest Wild Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil (plus 1 tsp. to coat casserole pan)
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sauté chopped onion and celery in Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Cook 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add broth and stuffing to saucepan (or use bowl if saucepan is not big enough) and mix lightly, but well.

Coat casserole pan lightly with Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil. Spoon or pour stuffing mixture into pan, spreading evenly.

Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes.  For crunchier stuffing top, bake uncovered last 5-10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy. The Olive Oil will keep the stuffing moist and delicious for leftovers!

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Homemade Croutons

Croutons

This easy to create recipe has endless variations depending on the spice mixture used to coat the croutons. They store wonderfully in the fridge or freezer.  Plus there is NO high fructose corn syrup, salt, or hydrogenated oils!

Ingredients:

  • Day old French bread (or sliced sandwich bread)
  • Fresh Harvest Olive Oil (your choice – see examples below)
  • Spice mixture (your choice – see examples below)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the bread into crouton sized cubes. Some folks prefer to take the bread crust off, personally I like to leave it on. You can use day old French Bread, or even sandwich bread – multigrain makes great croutons that are even healthier! The bread should be dry and on the verge of being stale – but not moldy. You may want to make this recipe in two batches, depending on the size of the bread used. A typical French Loaf makes about 8 cups.

Put bread cubes in a large bowl and toss with the spices and drizzles of the Fresh Harvest Olive Oil until all the cubes are lightly coated. This could take up to a cup or more of the Olive Oil. Place a SINGLE layer of the cubes on a non-stick cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, tossing 1-2 times while baking.  You want the croutons to be lightly browned and dry, but not too dark.  Adjust your baking time as needed.

Sample variations

Italian StyleUse 3-4 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning, plus any Fresh Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Style – Use a mixture (2 tsp each) of granulated Garlic, Italian Seasoning and Sage, plus Fresh Harvest Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil. You can also use poultry or turkey seasoning instead of spices above.

Garlic – Use 2 tsps. fresh minced garlic (or 3 tsps. Granulated)  plus any Fresh Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil. To make extreme Garlic croutons use Fresh Harvest Garlic or Tuscan Olive Oil.

Smokey & Spicy – Use 1 tsps. Cumin and 2 tsps. Parsley and Garlic, plus Fresh Harvest Cayenne or Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil. You can adjust spices and oils as to your preferences. Our Harissa or Chipotle Olive Oil work well too!

Store in zip lock bags for up to 1 week or freeze for later use! 

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