Holiday Recipe Review and Tips
As promised, I did make all of the recipes under the Holiday Recipe Collection tab for Thanksgiving or the day after. It was really fun to try some new dishes and a couple of them may well become established holiday favorites.
- Whole Grain Bread Dressing. This is the recipe makeover that I was more apprehensive to try out on my family. We all love bread dressing made with white bread. It’s what my mom, grandmother, sister and I have all made over
the years. Two of my daughters said the whole grain dressing was the best part of the meal. I used whole wheat bread that I purchased at the grocery store bakery. The only changes I made to the recipe were I reduced the amount of onion to one but added a stalk of celery. This recipe gets an ‘A’.
- Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes. The sweet potatoes were good but I think that I like plain baked sweet potatoes the best. I enjoy the flavor of sweet potatoes enough that I don’t need to add maple syrup or lemon juice. But, for a holiday, rather than serving plain baked, these looked pretty in the dish and were very good. I would give this recipe a ‘B’.
Whole-Wheat Orzo Salad. This was excellent. Instead of using red wine vinegar I used balsamic and I added a couple of tablespoons of green salad olives and a dash of garlic salt to give it a little more flavor. I made this the day after Thanksgiving for a family get-together and my brother-in-law absolutely loved it. This recipe also gets an ‘A’.
- Pumpkin Angel Food Cake. I followed the recipe to the letter. There’s not much that can be changed on this one. When my family and I tried it on Thanksgiving we weren’t crazy about it. I refrigerated it and tried it the next day chilled with a dab of lite Cool Whip. It was really good the second day; the texture and pumpkin flavor were so much better. I would definitely make this recipe again because it is such a light, low-calorie dessert. I’ll just remember to make it a day ahead and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Grade on Day One – ‘B-‘. Grade on Day Two – ‘A’.
- No-Crust Cranberry Pie. I’ll save the best for last. I have no doubt this will be a standing recipe at holiday meal. The texture and flavor were both perfect. I realized that I had not included nutritional information when I posted the recipe, but have now added it. This recipe gets at ‘A+’.