Category: special occasion

Thanksgiving Dinner – Serious Foodie Style

We are starting the busy holiday season, so we wanted to give you a few recipes to make your preparations for your gourmet Thanksgiving meal a bit easier.  These simple, healthy recipes will put an elegant touch to any meal – but especially for Thanksgiving. Let’s start with The Bird… Our favorite method for turkey is using the spatchcock method – which is very similar to butterflied poultry.  We use a dry-rub marinade (suggestions:  Serious Foodie Bourbon Rub, Tex-Mex, or Harissa – click HERE to order), and bast with a flavorful marinade-type sauce (suggestions:  Serious Foodie Pomegranate Grill Sauce and Marinade, or Korean Grill Sauce for a more exotic flavor).  It is then very easy to either roast or grill – and we prefer the later.  And the method works well with chicken, also. Check out the full article HERE on how to do spatchcocked turkey, including a video. The Gravy We have used, many times, a beer-based gravy which is complex and delicious – and very simple to make (click HERE to see the recipe). If you want to use the Serious Foodie Pomegranate Sauce as the base – which would go along with a pomegranate glazed bird – click […]

Acorn Squash with Mango Butter

Acorn Squash with Mango Butter We often wonder “What can we do to make winter squash recipes interesting?”  We were inspired by our favorite TV cooking show, Milk Street, with their elegant, wintry side dish was inspired by a recipe from “Gjelina” by chef Travis Lett.  There are a few great technique tips in the original recipe (find it HERE), and the dish looks beautiful. We did our own version, substituting the Serious Foodie South Pacific Sauce (Mango/Aji Amarillo) for the orange juice and vinegar in the Milk Street recipe – and the results were nothing short of amazing – bold flavor pops from the Serious Foodie sauce that matched perfectly with the roasted squash. Print Recipe Acorn Squash with Mango Butter Easy, simple, and elegant roasted squash – use as a vegetarian main dish (vegan, if you substitute faux butter for the real thing) or just a great winter time side dish. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Vegetarian Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Servings servings MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1 Acorn squash About 1 to 1.5 pounds. Cut into rounds or half rounds5 tablespoons Salted butter Cut into 1-tablespoon pieces, keep 1 tablespoon […]

Turkish Pomegranate, Eggplant, and Lentils

This is a great, simple, tasty recipe from Turkey that takes a little bit of time to cook, but is well worth the time – full of flavor, satisfying, and vegan.  To keep the textures and flavors of the vegetables distinct, it’s important that you layer the eggplant in a pot with tomatoes, lentils, chopped onions and garlic, then slowly cooks it, covered, without stirring. This dish is best when made ahead and allowed to mellow for at least a few hours. Print Recipe Turkish Pomegranate, Eggplant, and Lentils 1/4 teaspoon Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Vegetarian Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 2 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1/2 cup red lentils2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion finely diced4 cloves garlic medium sized, finely minced2 medium tomatoes chopped2 medium green peppers, such as Anaheims stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper Optional1/2 cup Serious Foodie Pomegranate Grill SauceSeeds from 1 pomegranate Optional Course Vegetarian Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 2 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1/2 cup red lentils2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion finely diced4 cloves garlic medium […]

Wine Pairing for Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday at Serious Foodie. You owe no greeting cards, no gifts. You can stuff yourself silly, drink too much wine (or beer, or cocktails), then pass out in front of the TV, opening an occasional eye to check the score of a football game.  But you still have to contend with the meal, and getting the right combination of food and wine together. Wine pairing might scare some, but it’s a whole lot easier than experts might have you believe.  Doing a traditional dinner with turkey and the usual sides (mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, etc.)?  Think light, crispy, acidic wines (white or red). Going the vegetarian route, with a lot of root vegetables and greens?  Same scenario: light, crisp, acidic wines (maybe with a slight bit of sweetness). We’ve produced a list that will work with most Thanksgiving menus – some favorites we’ve listed previously, and a few off the beaten path bottles.  And if all else falls flat, mix up some cocktails (check out our new cocktail/beverage blog). The Whites Mirabelle Brut by Schramsberg, (California; $19). Schramsberg was one of the first sparkling-wine makers in California, and is still one of the best. […]

Pomegranate Gravy

Why use the same old turkey/chicken gravy when you can use this easy, quick recipe for a fun change.  This gravy works well with simple roasted poultry, or with pomegranate-glazed chicken. Pomegranate Gravy Author: Pomegranate Gravy Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 40 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: Serves 4-6 You can use either store-bought or home-made stock. Home-made turkey stock is the best way to go, but requires a lot more work. Ingredients 1 small carrot, peeled and rough chopped 1 rib celery, rough chopped 1 medium onion, rough chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Pan juices from turkey 3 cups hot turkey stock (or chicken stock) 1 cup Serious Foodie Pomegranate Grill Sauce and Marinade 1 bay leaf 1/4 cup all-purpose flour Salt & Pepper to taste Instructions In food processor, pulse carrot until broken into small pieces Heat butter in large saucepan over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add vegetables and cook for about 7 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until thoroughly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Whisking constantly, gradually add in the broth and the pomegranate sauce. Bring to a slow boil, skimming off any foam that forms on the surface. Reduce the heat, […]

Impressive – And Easy – Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

There is nothing sexier than good food and good wine that you bring to the table yourself.  this is especially true for Valentine’s Day, which is second least-favorite day to dine out (next to New Year’s Eve).  Why?  The good-to-great restaurants are packed, the kitchens are stressed, the prices are higher, and many places dumb-down the menus to accommodate the folks who venture to restaurants only on Valentine’s Day. Besides, this is THE DAY for a Serious Foodie to impress with a hand-crafted meal for your significant other(s) in your life – bring along some flowers, add a bit of candlelight, and check out some of these simple & elegant meal ideas. And let the magic happen… Bon Appetit poled 11 celebrity chefs on their sexiest meals ever – so you might want to check them out (click HERE). There’s a website call Seduction Meals – the title says it all   (click HERE). Food & Wine gives a very broad selection of menus, with lots of variety (click HERE). We really liked the meals selected by Delish for Valentine’s Day (click HERE). What about the vegetarian in your life?  Take a look at this great Buzzfeed article (click HERE). Crudo & Sushi In many ways, […]

Wine & Chocolate Pairings: Discover New Ways to Wow Your Valentine

It's a great time to plan for a great Valentine's Day experience.  And we're here to help to plan around two universal elixirs of love:  Wine & Chocolate. Wine & chocolate seems strange to some, but the right wine with the right chocolate is a beautiful thing - magical, in fact.  There is so much exploration to do, since there are so many interesting taste combinations to discover – nuts, fruits, types of chocolates – it really is an endless experiment.  We’ll give you some pairing tips to keep in mind, then some fun wines to discover. Tips for Successfully Pairings Wines with Chocolate Here are a few simple rules – not hard and fast, but more like guidelines: 1.  Chocolate is very complex – just like wine.  For pure chocolate, you’ll find some subtle flavors which are inherent to the region, the cocoa content, and the fat content.  It is best to do some experimenting to find the best wine and chocolate combinations for you. Try to detect some underlying flavors of the chocolate, then the wine separately.  Play with the matches.  If you have several types of chocolates, always work from light to dark. Start with a more [...]