Plan Your Holiday Feast with Dressings and Sauces
During your holiday gathering this year, don’t be afraid to go all out. From appetizers, to main entrees, to desserts, plan the full menu for your friends and family. Adding options with flavorful dressings and sauces that star as one of the main ingredients will captivate your guests and bring them back for seconds. Try the recipes below!
Kick the night off with a spicy start. These Thai shrimp salad cups are brought to life with the flavors of ginger, red pepper, Sriracha sauce, and soy sauce. Plus, the ranch dressing and coconut milk help taper a bit of the spice. The instructions are simple – there are only four! Start by preheating the oven to 375°F. Then combine all ingredients to make the dressing, add chopped shrimp, and refrigerate for an hour. While refrigerating, thaw the Mini Phyllo Cups and sprinkle each cup with Parmesan cheese. Place the Phyllo cups on a cookie sheet and bake just until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Finally, add a heaping spoon of Thai Shrimp in each cup and top with diced red pepper.
Next up is the main course! To keep your guests happy and full, plan to include this pork loin recipe on the party menu. Keeping with the flavorful and spicy theme, these pork loins are coated in a hot mustard glaze that only require three ingredients – Sweet and Hot Mustard, cider vinegar, and soy sauce. To get started, prepare the marinade by combining one jar of Sweet and Hot Mustard, cider vinegar and soy sauce. Place the pork in a large plastic bag and cover with marinade. Marinate at least 2 hours, turning occasionally. Next, remove the pork from the marinade and dry well. Discard marinade and season the pork with salt and black pepper. Heat a heavy pan with oil until very hot and then sear the meat and brown on all sides. Once browned, glaze with remaining Sweet and Hot Mustard. Lastly, place in the oven at 375°F and re-glaze every 15 minutes. Roast for 45 minutes or until 160 degrees internal temperature. Let rest 15 minutes before slicing. Serve alongside roasted glazed sweet potatoes or steamed broccoli.
No holiday dinner party is complete without a gingerbread dessert to close out the evening. This gingerbread cake is brought to life with the help of the lemon cream cheese frosting, which includes powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest, and a slaw-type dressing for texture and flavor. While your gingerbread cake batter is baking, start the frosting by simply mixing together the six ingredients required and then serve over the warm gingerbread once done. Sprinkle with additional lemon zest, and VOILA! Your masterpiece is complete.
So, there you have it, the perfect full course menu for your holiday dinner party this year. From our dressings and sauces family to yours, we wish you the merriest and happiest of holidays!