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With so many activities going on during the holiday season and numerous events to host or attend, it can be difficult to find time to make delicious foods for these occasions. To help you get inspired to create tasty treats with little time, here are a few recipes.
A roast may sound daunting, but this one is almost no work. Just put it together and place it in the oven while you do other tasks to get ready for your dinner party. All you have to do is add in tomatoes, garlic, thyme and olive oil, and the oven does the rest. It’s the perfect recipe for a dinner party or meal with family and friends around the holidays.
2 pounds boneless rump or rib roast
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 head garlic, peeled
8 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tablespoons olive oil
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and season the beef with the salt and pepper. Place in large roasting pan. Combine tomatoes, garlic, thyme, oil and one-quarter teaspoon of salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the mixture over and around the meat. Cook for one hour for medium-rare, longer for more well-done. Place the beef on a platter and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
This dish just looks elegant sitting on a dinner table. It’s also easy to make and goes with a large variety of main entrees.
1-1/2 cups orzo
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped fine
½ teaspoon chopped thyme
6 ounces goat cheese
3 ounces cream cheese
½ cup mil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons grated pecorino cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook orzo according to directions until al dente. Drain. Cook onion in olive oil until tender, add thyme and cook one minute. Add goat cheese, cream cheese and milk and cook until cheese is melted. Remove from heat. Add orzo and parsley to the skillet mixture and stir. Put the pasta into an 8-inch backing dish and sprinkle with pecorino cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until browned.
No menu is complete without dessert, and these delightful cookies double as ornaments or table decorations. The bonus is just how easy they are to make. All you have to do is take any plain cookie dough and divide it in half. Use food coloring on one half to get the color desired – red is perfect for the holiday, but you can also experiment. Roll each half into long ropes on a floured surface. Cut sections to the appropriate length to make candy canes. Twist two pieces together, using one of the plain and one colored rope. Bend one end into the traditional candy cane hook shape and bake as normal after chilling for 20 minutes.
These fun, delicious recipes are perfect for any holiday occasion. They are easy to make and take to any event or serve at your own table. If you aren’t in the mood to work in the kitchen or just don’t have time, you also can bring your party to the Isle of Capri® Lula for a fabulous Christmas Buffet where you can enjoy all of your holiday favorites. Talented chefs create fabulous meals with made-from-scratch cooking that is sure to put you in a festive mood. Bring family or friends or just enjoy the delicious flavors on your own on Christmas Day, December 25th. You won’t find a better treat for yourself this holiday season.