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Green Beans with Apple Cider

Published February 29, 2016 by jenmatteson

If you don’t have apple cider in your fridge this time of year, you are adulting incorrectly. I suppose it’s past prime apple season, but it’s still a perfect winter warmer. Not only is it delicious on it’s own (or with a smidge of brandy), but it’s great for cooking, too!

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We eat a lot of vegetables in our house, but I feel like I’m always doing the same thing with them. Sauté in olive oil, salt and pepper, serve. Repeat. If you want to add a little excitement to your hum-drum vegetables, add cider! This is a quick, simple twist on green beans, which add just a little bit of sweetness. If you don’t have cider, don’t be afraid to use white wine. I did the last time I made these, and they were fantastic!

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Green Beans with Apple Cider

Source: Adapted from Food Network
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

32 oz green beans
olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup apple cider
salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Bring a medium saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add green beans and boil for 4-6 minutes, or until tender, but with a bite. Remove from heat and drain beans. Set aside.

2. Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and the onions and cook until beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the cider, raise the heat to medium-high and cook until liquid is reduced and syrupy, about 5 minutes.

3. Add beans to the pan with onions and cider. Toss to coat, salt and pepper to taste.

Need something to warm you up during this artic blast?

Published January 21, 2014 by jenmatteson

We had a long awaited drink tasting party at our house in December, with a Secret Santa theme.  We’d already had a holiday drink theme a few years ago, so we wanted to keep it holiday-ish, but also not do the same theme we’ve had in the past.  What we did was draw names out of a hat to decide who had who as a Secret Santa.  Each couple or person was assigned a secret ingredient from their Secret Santa, which was required to be in their drink.  We definitely had some interesting ingredients – wasabi, lychee fruit, Chinese five spice (what we assigned :P), and then we had some main stream ingredients, such as ginger and oranges, which is what we were assigned.

Though we had a pretty common ingredient, we still wanted to make something somewhat creative, so we made a spiced cider with brandy.  I wasn’t really sure that I liked brandy before this experiment, but it goes perfectly with this cider recipe.  Nate and I have made it on Sunday to drink with the early football game!

It’s mostly a combination of spices you’ll already have in your collection, plus cider, oranges and brandy.  Pretty simple, right?  Oh, and it tastes so good, especially if you are nursing a cold!

Spiced Cider with Brandy

Orange You Glad this Cider has Brandy In It?

(Sorry, we couldn’t come up with a better name, and I wanted to use my secret ingredient in the title – lame, I know)

Source: Adapted from Unknown Source (Nate found it and was never able to find it again :()
Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:

12 cups apple cider
1/2 cup orange juice
1 orange, cut into rounds
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
1 oz fresh peeled ginger
1 1/2 cups brandy

Directions:

1. In a deep saucepan, mix all ingredients except brandy.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain cider into mugs and serve with a dash of brandy, if desired.

Arugula and Apple Salad with Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese

Published January 3, 2014 by jenmatteson

Last week I posted a roasted beet salad recipe, something I was trying out for a dinner party I was leading.  While I really liked that salad, I thought it might be too “beety” for people who weren’t really sure if they liked beets or not.  Using many of the same ingredients, I managed to make a completely different salad, which was even better!

Arugula and Apple Salad with Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to make, but I still searched the internet for a little direction.  I’m always weary of salad with fruit in it, but if it’s paired with a tart vinaigrette, I’m usually sold.  It’s the salad with fruit and a sweet dressing that just doesn’t work for my taste buds.  This salad pairs the sweetness of apples, with the saltiness of the Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, evened out with the spicy arugula and cider vinaigrette.

I had leftover salad ingredients and was going out of town for the evening.  My hubs was having a boys night with his bestie, and smoking some pork.  I asked what else they were having with the pork, to which he responded, ” I don’t know, potatoes?”  Classic.  I put together the salad for them to have alongside their meat and potatoes, thinking they’d maybe have a little bit.  Much to my surprise, they ate it all!  Not only is this a great salad, but a salad men will eat when their wives aren’t even around!

Arugula, Apple and Serrano Ham Salad with Cidar Vinaigrette

Arugula and Apple Salad with Serrano Ham and Cider Vinaigrette

Source: Adapted from Serious Eats
Serves 4-6      

Ingredients:

For the Salad:
5 ounces arugula or baby arugula
1 crisp apple, such as Fuji
3 oz Serrano ham, thinly sliced (Prosciutto would work)
3 oz Manchego, thinly sliced

For the Vinaigrette:
2 tbsp cider vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
2 teaspoons (real) maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Make the vinaigrette by whisking together vinegar, oil, syrup, Dijon and shallots in a small bowl.  Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.

2. Place arugula in serving bowl. Whisk the vinaigrette again until well combined, then and to the salad, little by little, until greens are well dressed. You may have a little left over. Right before serving, cut apple into thin slices and toss into salad along with Manchego and Serrano ham. Taste and adjust seasoning, then serve immediately.

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