With winter quickly approaching, diners are looking for exciting ways to warm chilly days. Winter is the best season to binge on seasonal delicacies that are not only finger-licking good, but also packed with multiple benefits that help you stay warm and strengthen your immunity. Try adding some fresh, produce inspired dessert items to your holiday menu. These simple, yet warm and cozy recipes will be sure to make your restaurant become the go-to guilty pleasure station this season.
Pomegranate Arugula Salad
A lively combination of sharp arugula, citrus orange, mellow walnut, tangy blue cheese and tart pomegranates, this salad is perfect for lighter holiday fare.
You will need:
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 995035
1 qty. mandarin orange 241464
2 qty. medium bunches fresh arugula, rinsed 993678
1/3 cup roasted walnut 015253
1/2 cup blue cheese 456314
6 tbs. extra virgin olive oil 490364
1 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar 310219
1/8 tsp. ground pepper 562043
1/8 tsp. kosher salt 550335
Whisk kosher salt, ground pepper and red wine vinegar in a medium sized bowl. Slowly add olive oil, whisk until vinaigrette is completely emulsified. In a large bowl, coat fresh arugula with vinaigrette. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds, mandarin orange, roasted walnut and blue cheese on top and serve.
Apple Pecan Maple Pancakes
A heavenly way to start the day! Diners will delight in this rich, decadent breakfast option for the holiday season. Be sure to use a heavy nonstick griddle or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet for even heat distribution.
You will need:
2 tbs. brown sugar 631194
2 tsp. baking powder 526527
1/2 tsp. salt 010719
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 560197
3/4 cup milk 950348
2 qty. eggs, separated 470211
1 tsp. vanilla extract 571039
1/2 cup apple, finely chopped 014274
1/2 cup pecan, finely chopped 018920
1 apple, peeled and cut 014274
1/2 cup pecan, whole 018920
In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in milk, egg yolks and vanilla. Add finely chopped apples and pecans. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into the batter. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot greased griddle or skillet. Turn when bubbles begin to form and the edges are golden. Cook until the second side is golden. Top with peeled apple, whole pecan and maple syrup and serve.
Baked Pear with Honey and Walnuts
Simple and delicious – this combination of baked pears with warm honey and walnuts is the perfect winter dessert! Try caramelized walnuts for added sweetness and crunch.
You will need:
2 qty. large pears 993238
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 560197
2 tsp. honey 013104
1/4 cup walnut, crushed 015253
1 scp. ice cream, vanilla 014886
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut pears in half, core center then place on a baking sheet. Top with walnuts and sprinkle with cinnamon then drizzle honey on each half. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove, let cool. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.