Texans know how to celebrate, and the holiday season is a great time that is full of fun and wonder. If you’re getting ready to throw a party, Cirro Energy has some wonderful holiday recipes to share, from some talented folks over at Food.com.
- Start your night off right by spicing things up with a Bacon-Pecan Cheese Ball. Inspired by a Paula Deen recipe, this appetizer serves 10-12, and can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time. In a large bowl, beat together 8 ounces of cream cheese, and ½ cup of milk. Add in 2 ¼ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, ¼ cup blue cheese, ¼ cup chopped green onion (white parts only), 2 ounces pimientos, drained, ½ cup chopped pecans, and 5 slices of bacon, cooked and finely crumbled. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then transfer mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap, forming into a large ball, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. In the meantime, combine another ½ cup of chopped pecans and 5 more crumbled slices of bacon, then mix in ¼ cup fresh parsley and 1 tablespoon poppy seeds. Carefully unwrap cheese ball and roll in this mixture, then refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.
- Bring a homey touch to your party by incorporating a side dish like Fanny Farmer’s Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole. While your oven is preheating to 400°, cook and drain an 8 ounce package of macaroni noodles, and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter, then whisk in 4 tablespoons of flour, seasoned with ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper, to taste. Gradually pour in a cup of milk and a cup of cream, stirring constantly, as you bring the mixture to the boiling point and boil for two minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, still stirring constantly, then slowly add in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and simmer for five more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add macaroni, tossing it with the cheese sauce until it’s coated, then transfer to a buttered baking dish and sprinkle with ½ cup buttered bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
- Incorporate one of the season’s favorite flavors by serving decadent Pumpkin Cookie Truffles. First, process ⅓ cup gingersnap crumbs and ¼ cup bran flakes in a food processor, creating a fine meal. Then, transfer to a big bowl and mix with ¼ cup pumpkin puree, 2 ounces cream cheese, ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Shape this mixture into small balls, using your hands, and then dip each ball into melted white chocolate. Finally, sprinkle the truffles with a dusting of pumpkin pie spice. Delicious, and easy to make!
If you’re looking for delicious holiday recipes sure to please your crowd, the right place to look is Food.com. If you’re looking for low fixed rates on your electricity, a commitment to customer service, and account management that works for you, look no further than Cirro Energy. For more information, visit the website at www.cirroenergy.com. For a deeper connection, join Cirro Energy on Facebook and on Twitter.