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7 tasty holiday snacks you must try.

Mushrooms give earthy appeal to stuffing

The golden turkey is the star of the show at most holiday meals, leaving the meagre stuffing beside it looking downright sad. It's the stuffing's time to shine when you give it a hearty upgrade with mushrooms. Simply chop your favourite mushroom variety like porcini, shiitake or cremini and add to your favourite recipe for a rich earthy flavour that is incredible satisfying.

Jalapenos infuse heat into sweet cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a holiday essential, yet it's the side dish that gets ignored the most. This year spice up your cranberry sauce with spicy jalapenos and watch it disappear fast. Simply seed and mince one to three jalapenos and add when boiling cranberries. The sweet heat is delectable on meats or as a relish to complement appetizers.

Cheese is the ideal topping for rolls

The lonely bread basket gets a holiday upgrade when you sprinkle tasty cheese to the top crust of baking bread. Hard cheeses like parmesan, asiago and fontina are good options. Grab your favourite shredded variety of Stella cheese when grocery shopping and you'll be set for this incredibly simple, yet superbly savoury addition to your rolls.

Nuts add rich crunch to green bean casserole

Green bean casserole is a holiday staple that is often topped with fried onions. This year think bigger with rich, delectable flavours. Start by making your traditional recipe, but update the topping by using chopped walnuts with crumbled corn bread for a tasty crunch that will garner rave reviews from guests.

Tangy romano cheese enhances asparagus

Sauteed asparagus is a colourful addition to any holiday meal. Give the dish an elegant upgrade by sprinkling cooked asparagus with tangy Stella Romano cheese. The sharp, salty cheese mingles with the pungent flavours of the asparagus for a side dish that is as tasty as it is eye-catching. This dish is great with turkey, duck or beef.

Turmeric brings out savoury notes in vegetables

As one of today's most talked about spices, a quick dash of turmeric is perfect for adding a little pizazz to classic side dishes. For example, the warm, peppery flavour of turmeric brings out the savoury notes of roasted vegetables. It's also a fantastic addition when sprinkled on braised greens like kale or collards.

Gorgonzola adds zip to creamy potatoes

Starches are a must for any holiday meal, but that doesn't mean you're stuck with basic mashed. Instantly upgrade your favourite spuds when you add flavourful Stella gorgonzola. The robust flavour of gorgonzola pairs perfectly with white or sweet potatoes. Mash directly into potatoes for a rich, creamy dish or sprinkle on top for a tasty topping like in this sweet potato recipe.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cranberry Gorgonzola Gremolata (Makes 6 servings)

Ingredients:

* 6 medium sweet potatoes

* 1/4 cup butter, melted

* 1/2 tsp salt

* 1/4 cup maple syrup

* 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

* 1 lemon zested

* 1 clove garlic, minced finely

*3 tbsp pecans, minced

*3 tbsp dried cranberries, finely chopped

*1 scallion, minced

*50g Stella gorgonzola, crumbled

Preparation

*Preheat oven to 230C.

Place sweet potatoes on cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Flip over and return to oven to bake until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven

and set aside.

* When cool enough to do so safely, peel sweet potatoes. Place in a medium skillet over low heat with butter, salt and maple syrup for 5 minutes,

basting the potatoes with the butter mixture occasionally. Lightly smash the potatoes until there is an even

consistency. Hold over low heat.

*In a small bowl, toss together parsley, lemon zest, garlic, pecans, cranberries and scallion. Gently fold in the gorgonzola.

*Move sweet potatoes to a serving dish and sprinkle with the cranberry blue cheese gremolata. Serve hot.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Dec 14, 2015
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