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A Full Menu Of Festive Holiday Flavor

By Family Features

November 17, 2023

Cooking up a successful holiday gathering calls for everyone's favorite recipes. From the centerpiece main dish to fresh salads and appetizers, roasted sides and baked sweets, you can take seasonal get-togethers up a notch by mixing traditional classics with newfound favorites.

Consider this full-fledged menu of flavor to give guests a memorable holiday experience from beginning to end and find more festive recipe ideas at:

Fresh Flavors For Holiday Festivities

With the festive season arriving, bring together family and friends for a delicious feast you can feel good about serving. One standout recipe is this Cornish Game Hen with Kale Sweet Potato Salad that pairs fresh, Leafy Kale with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and tender Cornish Game Hens for a truly elegant meal.

Elevate your cooking during the holidays with inspiration from Fresh Express with its more than 100 varieties of fresh, healthy and convenient ready-to-eat salads like the Sweet Kale Chopped Kit. It's a perfect blend of a nutrient-dense salad mix of Leafy Kale, Green Cabbage, Shredded Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts, as well as crunchy Pumpkin Seeds and Dried Cranberries, topped with a tasty Poppyseed Dressing.

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Cornish Game Hen with Kale Sweet Potato Salad
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Servings: 4

• 1 Package, 6 Ounces of Stovetop Stuffing
• 2 Cups of chopped Apples, divided
• 4 Cornish Game Hens, 20 Ounces each
• 1/2 Cup of Butter
• 2 Teaspoons of Italian Seasoning, divided
• 1 Teaspoon of Paprika
• 1 Teaspoon of Salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
• 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
• 1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
• 2 Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
• 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
• 1 Package, 10.9 Ounces of Fresh Express Sweet Kale Chopped Kit

Heat oven to 350 F.

Prepare the stuffing according to the package’s directions. Add 1 Cup of Apples and fluff the Stuffing with a fork; let it cool for 15 minutes.

Remove anything inside the Hens, rinse the cavity with cold water and pat it dry.

In a small saucepan, melt the Butter over Low Heat. Add 1 Teaspoon of the Italian Seasoning, the Paprika, 1 Teaspoon of Salt, the Garlic Powder and the Pepper; mix it well and remove it from the heat.

Fill the cavity of each Hen with the Apple Stuffing.

Place the Hens in a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Tie the legs together, tuck the wings under and baste it with the Butter Mixture.

Bake it for 50-60 minutes, or until the thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F and the Stuffing temperature reads 165 F. Baste it with the Butter Mixture every 15-20 minutes.

In a bowl, toss the Sweet Potatoes with the remaining Italian Seasoning and the Olive Oil. Arrange them in a single layer on a sheet pan and sprinkle them with salt, to taste.

Bake it with the Hens for 25 minutes, or until they are tender. Remove them from the oven and cool. Tent the Hens with foil and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Place the greens from the salad kit in a large bowl. Add the remaining Apples and the Sweet Potatoes; mix it well and toss it with the Salad Dressing. Add the toppings and toss it to combine everything.

Serve the Cornish Game Hens with the Sweet Potato Kale Salad.

A Festive, Everyday Side Dish

While the busy holiday season can be loads of fun, you still need to get dinner on the table between parties. When you find yourself in a pinch this holiday season, squeezed for time and searching for a quick solution for dinner, turn to an easy side dish that can appease everyone. Potatoes are a nearly unanimous favorite.

Make putting dinner on the table a breeze with a solution like little potatoes from The Little Potato Company, which can help bring holiday happiness to mealtime. Ready in as little as 5 minutes, they come pre-washed and require no peeling or cutting, making them the perfect time-saving solution for the holiday season.

Ideal for this Perfect Roasted Little Potatoes recipe, these little potatoes are a tasty, fresh whole food that you can feel good about serving. Ready in half an hour with minimal prep and a few simple ingredients, it's a perfect side dish for any occasion.

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Perfect Roasted Little Potatoes
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

• 1 1/2 Pounds of The Little Potato Company Little Potatoes
• 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
• 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
• 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper
• 1-2 Tablespoons of Fresh Parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a large bowl, toss the little potatoes with the Oil, the Salt and the Pepper until they are coated.

Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them for 30 minutes, or until they are tender.

Sprinkle it with the Parsley and serve it.

Tip: For extra holiday flavor, add Paprika, Garlic and Fresh Herbs.

Get Creative with Delicious, Decorative Cookies

A decadent holiday meal isn't complete without a sweet dessert to cap off the evening. When in doubt, go with a traditional treat that's perfect for sharing: cookies.

These Ornament Cookies can be shaped any way you like to celebrate the holidays. The Royal Icing adorning these festive favorites is made with Powdered Sugar and Meringue Powder; just use some Food Coloring to add a personal touch.

For more than 120 years, Domino Sugar has helped millions bake special recipes like these cookies made with Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher and Gluten-FREE Golden Sugar that's free flowing and easy to scoop, spoon and pour. The sugar retains a hint of Molasses flavor, giving it a golden color and providing a perfect way to add less processed sweetness to your loved ones' favorite desserts.

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Ornament Cookies
Prep time: 25 minutes plus 1 hour to decorate
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen cookies

• 1 1/2 Cups, 3 sticks of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
• 1 Cup of Domino Golden Sugar
• 1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 Large Egg
• 3 1/2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
• 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Royal Icing:
• 4 Cups of Domino Powdered Sugar
• 3 Tablespoons of Meringue Powder
• 1/3 Cup, plus 2-3 Tablespoons of Warm Water, divided
• desired Food Coloring

To prepare the Cookies: In a large bowl, beat the Butter and the Sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add the Vanilla and the Egg; beat them until they are well combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the Flour and the Salt; beat them until they are just combined.

Dump the mixture onto a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Shape each half into disks and wrap them with plastic wrap. Refrigerate them for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Working on a lightly floured surface, roll the Dough to ½ an inch thick. Cut the Cookies using an ornament-shaped cookie cutter. Place the Cookies on prepared pans and bake them for 18-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool them at room temperature.

To make the Royal Icing: In a large mixing bowl, combine the Powdered Sugar, the Meringue Powder and 1/3 Cup of Water. Beat it on low speed until it is combined. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 8-10 minutes, adding 2-3 Tablespoons of Warm Water, as necessary. The Icing should be stiff enough to hold peak when tested.

Color the Royal Icing with food coloring and decorate the Cookies.

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