Friday, November 25, 2011

Harvest Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!  Happy Black Friday!  Happy Shopping!  Happy Day Off! 

Whatever this wonderful, lovely day is to you - may it be happy!  Hopefully, you are still high off of all the delicious Thanksgiving food you gobbled up yesterday! 

We truly had a feast fit for a Thanksgiving King - my family agreed that I topped myself out.  Aaaahhhh . . . words and feelings I love to hear from my kids and hubs.  I tried a new salad this year - and it was loved by all. 

I wanted to share it with you because not only is it perfect for the holidays, but it's really a great salad at any time during the fall and winter months.  It was DELISH!!!  There were a few ingredients that she listed as "Lunds and Byerly's" - I didn't use them except for the Island Breeze Seasoning.

Harvest Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Original recipe by Sue Erickson, Byerly's

4 T pomegranate juice
2 T sherry wine vinegar
1 T Lunds & Byerly's Maple Syrup
1 tsp. Lunds and Byerly's Island Breeze Seasoning
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
6 T grapeseed or canola oil
2 HoneyCrisp or Braeburn apples, cored, diced
2 - 5oz. packages mixed spring greens
1 C shaved aged Gouda cheese
1/2 C thinly sliced shallots
1 C roasted, salted pepitas
1 C pomegranate seeds

In mixing bowl, whisk together pomegranate juice, vinegar, syrup, lemon juice, Dijon, salt and pepper.  Slowly whisk in oil.

Place diced apples in bowl; pour 1/2 C vinaigreete over, tossing to coat.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes.

Place spring greens in large mixing bowl; pour remaining vinaigreete over, toss to coat.

Arrange tossed greens on 8 salad plates, using slotted spoon to divide apples over each salad.  Garnish with cheese, shallots, pepitas and pomegranate seeds.  Drizzle remaining vinaigrette over each salad.

To prepare ahead: vinaigrette will keep, tightly covered, in refridgerator for up to 3 days.

I could have eaten this all day!  Well, I suppose I could have eaten turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, apple pie all day too - but you get the picture!

Please click here for a printable version of this recipe - Kitchen Groovy

Also - I'd like to thank Pip & Ebby for passing an award on to me - I am super honored!  This dynamic duo also live in the same area as myself, so it's always fun for me to know that I'm blogging "next" to them! 

But, be sure to check them out (click here to get to their website)- they have amazing recipes and I have tried a number of their recipes and have absolutely loved them!  Thanks Pip!  Thanks Ebby!  xoxo

Enjoy and live with gusto!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nutella Tart

A dear friend of mine and I went to a cooking class last week, and the menu was to die for - especially this dessert.  I literally wanted to lick my plate, but being that we were supposed to act somewhat civilized, I restrained myself!   

I decided to try it out last night at home, and found that it is probably one of the easiest desserts to make.  Added bonus and perfect for the holidays!!

Nutella Tart
original recipe by Carmela Hobbins
serves 8-12

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1/3 C granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 C Nutella
1/2 C semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 C white chocolate morsels
1/2 C sliced almonds (I like a lot of almonds, so I used closer to 3/4 C)
Cocoa for dusting
Whipped cream for garnishing

1. In an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together for about 4-5 minutes until pale and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and add almond extract, followed by flour.  Mix until combined.

2. Press dough into a 10x1" tart pan with a removable bottom.  Chill until firm, about 30 minutes, or as long as overnight.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove tart pan from refrigerator and drop spoonfuls of Nutella evenly over the crust (don't attempt to spread as it might damage the tart).  Bake tart for about 5 minutes, remove from the oven and now spread evenly the softened Nutella over the crust.  Sprinkle chocolate morsels over the Nutella, then top with the sliced almonds. 

3. Bake on the lower rack of the oven until crust is golden, about 20-25 minutes.  Cool, remove side of tart pan and serve at room temperature or warm.  Dust the plate with cocoa and garnish with whipped cream. 

Please click here for a printable version of this recipe - Kitchen Groovy

Enjoy and live with gusto!