Monthly Archives: February 2016

Have a Bloody Mary on Us at Natural Products Expo West!

Natural Products Expo West Cocktail Pary

The Bloody Mary, everyone’s favorite brunch cocktail, is almost as unique as the individual who made it. Everyone has their own preference and there is no one right way to make them.  The cocktail was once called “the world’s most complex cocktail” in The Daily Telegraph. One thing is certain- Jeff’s Naturals products are a natural fit for this mysterious drink.

Guess you could say Jeff’s Naturals and a Bloody Mary go together like salt and pepper. One compliments the other.

We are looking forward to heading back to Anaheim CA next month for Natural Products Expo West 2016, the world’s largest trade show for the natural products industry.  To add even more excitement, we’re bringing some of our favorite Bloody Mary fixings to host a huge Bloody Mary Mixer with our friends at  Tillen Farms and Lakewood Juice!

If you’re headed to this year’s Expo West, join us Saturday March 12th from 12 p.m. -2 p.m. at Booth #4768.  We’ll be serving up delicious Bloody Mary cocktails made with Lakewood Organic Super Veggie Juice and garnishes like hugely popular Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives, Garlic Stuffed Olives our Jalapeño Stuffed Olives and Tillen Farms Gourmet Green Beans and Asparagus as cocktail stirrers.  But that’s not all- we’ll also be serving tasty appetizers to our guests made with Jeff’s Naturals Olives & Peppers– YUM!  You don’t want to miss it!

If you’re among those who won’t be attending this year’s expo or you can’t wait that long, don’t worry. Here’s an easy Bloody Recipe you can make at home.

Jeff’s Naturals Darn Good Bloody Mary

Prep Time: 5 min  |  Total Time: 5 min  | Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Bloody Mary mix
  • 1-½ oz. Vodka
  • Splash of your favorite hot sauce
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Splash of brine from Jeff’s Naturals Olives or Peppers
  • Ice for serving
  • Assorted Jeff’s Naturals Peppers and Olives for garnish
  • 1 celery stalk

Directions:

Stir Bloody Mary mix and vodka together. Add a dash of hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of Jeff’s Naturals Olive or Pepper brine. Pour over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with your favorite Jeff’s Naturals Peppers and Olives. Finish with a stalk of celery.

 

Kick Off!

Kick Off Game Day With These Delicious Dishes

The “Big Game” is coming!  Are you ready? Football fan or not, it’s always a blast to gather with friends and enjoy unbeatable food!

If you’re playing host then you’re probably already forming a game plan to tackle the menu for the big day. Be this year’s MVP with these three mouth-watering dishes, all made with Jeff’s Naturals non-GMO products:

Loaded Pepper Potato Skins

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Prep Time: 10 min | Total Time: 60 min | Serves: 6

  • 6 medium sized russet potatoes, washed and scrubbed clean
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 3 ounces pancetta, (can substitute bacon)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup feta crumbles
  • ½ cup Jeff’s Naturals Sliced Golden Greek Peperoncini, plus 2 tablespoons brine reserved
  • ½ cup Jeff’s Naturals Roasted Red Pepper Strips roughly chopped and squeezed with a paper towel
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Place potatoes on a sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil.  Rub oil all over potatoes to thoroughly coat. Bake for about 40 minutes, turning over half way through, and remove from oven when a knife is easily inserted into the potato.

Once the potatoes are cool enough to touch, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out most of the potato.  If skin is not as crispy as desired, place the skins, cut side down, back on the sheet tray and broil in the oven for a few minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.

Place the sliced pancetta on a foil lined sheet tray and bake about 10 minutes or until desired crispiness. Remove from oven, place pancetta on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

Next, season the inside of the potatoes with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the cheeses into the potato skins, add the peperoncini and roasted bell peppers.  Place back into the oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle potatoes with green onion and crumble the crispy pancetta over the top.

In a small mixing bowl, stir the Greek yogurt with two tablespoons of peperoncini brine and drizzle over the loaded potatoes.  Serve immediately.

Greek Nachos

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Prep Time: 10 min | Total Time: 20 min | Serves: 2

Pre-heat oven to 475° F.
In an oven safe dish, add the chips on the bottom.  Next, sprinkle on the cheeses.

Crush the oregano in-between your fingers before sprinkling evenly over the nachos. Layer on the red onion, olives and peppers, and bake for about 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

In a small mixing bowl, add some peperoncini brine to the Greek yogurt and mix well.

Remove nachos from the oven, top with Greek yogurt mixture and hummus and serve hot!

Olive & Sun-Ripened Dried Tomato Ricotta Dip

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Prep Time: 6 min | Total Time: 18 min | Serves: 6

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the ricotta, parsley and garlic and combine well. Season with salt and pepper.  Gently mix in the tomatoes and olives, until just incorporated.

Spread the ricotta in a shallow medium baking dish in a 3/4-inch-thick layer.   Bake about 12 minutes or until slightly browned along the edges and hot.

Remove from oven, let rest a few minutes and serve warm.

 

 

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