Don’t you agree that your first meal of 2017 ought to be a step-above the usual breakfast?
Why not start a fresh new tradition to kick off the new year! Whether you have a house full of company or you’re waking up to a blissfully quiet home, these wonderful, simple brunch dishes will make the first day of 2017 extra special.
Optional (but highly recommended): 2 fried eggs to top
Bake tater tots according to package instructions. Once baked, remove from oven, sprinkle on cheese, bacon and jalapenos.
Place back into the oven to melt the cheese- about 5 minutes.
Remove from oven, sprinkle with green onions, hot sauce and top with fried eggs.
Jeff’s Hot-n-Spicy Bloody Mary
Prep Time: 15 min.Total Time: 15 min.Serves: 6
4 c. chilled tomato juice
9 oz. vodka (for spicy use pepper flavored vodka)
1/3 c. fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. horseradish
3/4 tsp. Hot Sauce
Dash of Jeff’s Naturals Jalapeño Stuffed Olive juice
1 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp. black pepper
4 c. chilled tomato juice
Create six “spicy” skewers using suggested ingredients (feel free to get creative with your own). Assemble skewers on plate and place in the refrigerator.
Place a generous amount of salt and pepper on a plate. Rim the edge of each glass with lime juice, then place in the salt and pepper mixture and set aside.
Prepare cocktail ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Place ice in glasses and pour cocktail mixture into glasses.
Garnish with skewers.
Baked Eggs with Olives
Prep Time: 5 min.Total Time: 11 min.Serves: 2
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons heavy cream
¼ cup Jeff’s Naturals Castelvetrano Olives, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 sprig fresh thyme leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
Serve with a crusty baguette
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Crack 2 eggs into 2 individual-sized baking dishes. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle a tablespoon of heavy cream into each dish, and distribute the olives and herbs into each dish. Bake about 6 minutes, until the whites are set and yolks are very loose. Once removed from the oven, the eggs will continue to cook for a few minutes.
Drizzle eggs with olive oil and serve hot with warm crusty bread for dipping.
Got a full house for the holidays? Lucky you! The holidays are one of our favorite times of the year because friends and family come together to enjoy each other’s company and a delicious feast while creating special memories that will last a lifetime.
We’ve got some ideas to help you add elements to your holiday feast that are both traditional and tasty. You’ll impress your hungry holiday guests with these creative serving ideas:
Kalamata Cranberry Chutney
Delicious on holiday turkey or ham or on a turkey sandwich made from Thanksgiving leftovers.
Prep Time: 1 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
In a medium sized heavy saucepan, cook shallots in olive oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Stir in cranberries, orange zest and juice, sugar and vinegar. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries just pop, 10 to 12 minutes, then add olives, black pepper, stir and serve.
Blood Orange Kalamata Martini
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Add vodka, triple sec and orange juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a few kalamata olives and an orange peel.
Chef’s note: If blood orange vodka is unavailable in your local grocery store, you can substitute for citron flavored or regular orange vodka.
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Season squash with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Lay on a sheet pan, open side face down and bake about 20 minutes or until squash is fork tender and edges are nicely golden. Remove from oven and set aside.
To prepare the filling, combine the couscous, sausage, sun-ripened tomatoes, roasted peppers and stir together. Place a generous amount of the mixture into each squash, lightly pressing the filling in. Sprinkle with pine nuts, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. Serve hot.
Roasted Olive and Grape Crostini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Brush both sides of sliced bread with olive oil and place onto baking sheet. Bake for about 7 minutes or until toasted and crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and rosemary. Season with a little salt and freshly cracked pepper and set aside.
On another backing sheet, add the grapes and olives, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Roast in the oven in 5 minute intervals for about 15-20 minutes.
Each 5 minutes, shake the pan to get even roasting. Remove from oven once olives are slightly blistered and grapes begin to get soft and juicy. Let set for about 5 minutes, and once cool enough to handle, cut grapes and olives in half.
On each crostini, add about a tablespoon of ricotta and spread evenly. Add a spoonful of olives and grapes to each and top with a sprinkle of fresh thyme, drizzle of olive oil, and a light sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Time for some Halloween Fun! Halloween now-a-days is so much more than costumes and candy. Families everywhere are taking Halloween decorating to new heights around the house and in the kitchen. A simple search on sites like Pinterest will yield hundreds of clever Halloween themed dishes adults and kids can enjoy that range from adorable just to plain disturbing!
Preheat oven per pizza crust instructions.
Spread an even layer of pizza sauce on top of the pizza crust. Next, using Halloween-shaped cookie cutters, cut out ghost cheese shapes from the mozzarella. Place cheese on top of the pizza sauce. Adorn the ghosts with capers for eyes. Bake until hot and bubbly and serve.
An uncomplicated holiday menu! Expecting company this holiday season? Whether you are expecting a houseful of relatives or a smaller intimate gathering, we know there is a lot to plan and to think about.
While we can’t help with everything, we CAN help uncomplicate holiday entertaining for you! From hand stuffing olives with feta, blue cheese or locally grown garlic to roasting red peppers, we have already have done much the work for you right here in Napa Valley.
Simply pick up your favorite Jeff’s Naturals products at your local food store (or order online), crack open a jar and get creative by pairing our olives and peppers with your favorite appetizers and dishes.
Here are some simple suggestions for a fabulous and easy holiday spread you can serve while relaxing and enjoying with friends and family.
A Festive Holiday Party Menu
Crescent Rolls with Gruyère and Sun-dried Tomato & Basil
Baked Jalapeño Stuffed Olive Cheddar Puffs
Spinach and Feta Olive Turnovers
Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Jeff’s Greek Peperontini
Sliced meat: Pick a variety of cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, and bresaola.
Cheese: Choose a variety of cheeses- a hard cheese, soft cheese, and stinky cheese will give your guests nice options. Try Manchego, Brie, and Blue Cheese, fresh Mozzarella or Burrata – the more cheeses the merrier!
Fresh Fruit: A variety of fresh fruit such as a bunch of grapes, slices of cantaloupe, halved fresh figs, and cherry tomatoes.Add sliced baguette and assorted crackers
Pull cheeses from the refrigerator about one hour prior to guests arriving. Place all the antipasti items on a large platter. Set out serving utensils, toothpicks, and cheese knives for the guests to serve themselves. And of course, wine is a great accompaniment to any antipasti platter also!
Crescent Rolls with Gruyère and Sundried Tomato & Basil
Now that summer is in full gear, it’s time to light up the grill and get cooking! Since just about everyone loves a good old-fashioned summer BBQ, we wanted to share some of our favorite All-American Cookout Classics with a Mediterranean twist. These crowd-pleasing appetizers, sides, and main dishes may even top the Fourth of July fireworks!
Divide and firmly shape the meat into 2 patties. Place cheese and jalapenos into the center of one patty, leaving the outer edge free. Top with the second patty and pinch the edges together. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat grill. On medium high heat, cook each side of the burger for 6 minutes or until internal temp reaches 160°F. Remove from grill and set aside.
On a toasted bun, add lettuce, onion, burger, guacamole, tomato, bacon and more Mezzetta Peppers.
#2 Baja Fruit Salad
Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 45 min.
2 cans (20 oz.) juiced packed pineapple chunks, drained
1 can (15 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup Jeff’s Naturals Roasted Bell Pepper Strips, chopped
1/2 cup chopped jicama
1 t. brown sugar
1 t. fresh lime juice
1 t. chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. shredded coconuts
Combine all ingredients except coconut in a large bowl and toss well to mix. Top with coconut just before serving. Makes about 4 servings.
#3 Mexican Hot Dogs With Grilled Corn Salsa
A delicious spicy twist on Hot Dogs made with Jeff’s Naturals diced Jalapenos. Click here for full recipe.
Place washed potatoes into a pot with cold water, season with salt so it tastes “salty like the sea” and bring water to a boil on high heat. Cook potatoes until they are easily pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes.
Drain and rinse under cool water. Cut potatoes into bite size pieces and place into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the peperoncini, capers, zest and parsley. Drizzle on the olive oil and gently toss to combine. Add a tablespoon or two of the peperoncini brine for some added “zing”. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat. Season each side of the burger patties with salt and pepper. When skillet is hot, cook each side of the burger for 4-5 minutes or to your desired doneness. Top with feta cheese during the last few minutes of cooking time.
To assemble the burgers, place the burger on the bottom half of the toasted bun, next add olives and sundried tomatoes. Top with spinach and red onion and serve hot.
Chef’s note: for a Greek burger spread, try mixing the feta cheese into some Greek yogurt, add some fresh mint and smear onto the burger buns.
#7 Mediterranean Bean Salad
Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 1 hr. 10 min