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Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

Ingredients
1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, soup, sour cream, 1-3/4 cups cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese.

Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

Smoky Cauliflower

Smoky Cauliflower

Ingredients
1 large head cauliflower, broken into 1-inch florets (about 9 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions
Place cauliflower in a large bowl. Combine the oil, paprika and salt. Drizzle over cauliflower; toss to coat. Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 10 minutes.

Stir in garlic. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cauliflower is tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Smoky Cauliflower

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Ingredients
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 vanilla beans
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup whole milk

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
Assorted sprinkles and candies

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Split vanilla beans lengthwise; using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from the center into creamed mixture. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles and candies as desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Freeze option: Freeze cooled cupcakes in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, thaw at room temperature. Frost as directed.

Recipe found here: Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Christmas Eggnog Pie

Christmas Eggnog Pie

Ingredients
2 cups eggnog
1 cup milk
1 package (4.6 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
1 tablespoon rum or 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
Whipped topping and additional ground nutmeg, optional

Directions
In a large saucepan, cook the eggnog, milk and pudding mix over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Stir in rum and nutmeg. Pour pudding mixture into crust. Chill until set. Garnish with whipped topping and sprinkle with nutmeg if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.

Recipe found here: Christmas Eggnog Pie

Spiced Cake Doughnuts

Spiced Cake Doughnuts

Ingredients
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup grated peeled apples
Oil for deep-fat frying

BROWNED BUTTER FROSTING:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Colored sprinkles

Directions
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in apples. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar and butter to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Pour into a small bowl; let stand for 10 minutes. Add cream; beat until smooth. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition until frosting achieves desired consistency. Frost doughnuts; top with sprinkles. Yield: 22 doughnuts.

Recipe found here: Spiced Cake Doughnuts

Chicken Carbonara Risotto

Chicken Carbonara Risotto

Ingredients
1Tbsp vegetable oil
1lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups Minute® White Rice, uncooked
1/4 cup real bacon bits
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese*

Directions
HEAT oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until cooked through.

ADD soup, peas and milk; bring to a boil. Stir in rice; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes.

STIR in bacon bits and Parmesan cheese.

* Or substitute grated Romano cheese.

Festive Tea Sandwiches

Ingredients
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
16 slices bread, crusts removed
16 to 24 thin slices cooked chicken
8 lettuce leaves

Directions
Combine the first five ingredients; spread on one side of each slice of bread.

Layer half the slices with chicken and lettuce. Top with remaining bread. Cut into quarters or decorative shapes. Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: Chive butter may be used in place of the cranberry mayonnaise. Beat 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper until fluffy; stir in 2 tablespoons minced chives.

Recipe found here: Festive Tea Sandwiches

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