Marinated Green Beans with Almond Vinaigrette

 

Green almonds are a seasonal spring item, picked months before their shells harden and split to reveal conventional almonds. These fuzzy green pods are entirely edible with soft, jelly-like texture and mild grassy, sweet-tart flavor. During their all-too-brief season, we're eating them right out of hand, shaving them over appetizers, or slicing them thin to toss over salads as we have here in this bright spring recipe.

 
 

Marinated Green Beans with Almond Vinaigrette

 

Ingredients


¼ lb Green Beans / cut into ½” pieces

¼ lb Wax Beans / cut into ½” pieces

6 ea Fresh Green Almonds / thinly sliced

2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 T Domaine de Provence® Pure Almond Oil

2 cloves Fresh Garlic / minced

3 ea Scallions / chopped

2 T Jansal Valley® Lemon Honey

2 T Domaine de Provence® Tarragon Vinegar

2 t Jansal Valley® Espelette Pepper Powder

Flake Salt / to taste

 
 

method


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, ensuring even coating of vegetables. Serve at room temperature & enjoy!

Holiday Herbed Mashed Potatoes

 

No holiday dinner would be complete without mashed potatoes. The creamy, starchy comfort food is a staple year-round, but we like to add a little something special this time of here. In this recipe we are using organic russet potatoes, organic butter, and a Garlic & Herb Cheddar Cheese—which is not only flavorful, but saves you time, simplifies the preparation & cuts down on total ingredients!

Our Kilchurn Estate® Garlic & Herb Cheddar Cheese is handcrafted in the English countryside using traditional cheddar milling techniques. Garlic & herbs are incorporated into the mild, young cheese for savory flavor and aroma. Save a piece to enjoy on its own as you cook! 

 

Holiday Herbed Mashed Potatoes

 

Ingredients


5 lb Organic Russet Potatoes / peeled / large dice

¼ C Southcoast Farms® Organic Salted Butter

1 pkg Kilchurn Estate® Gerlic & Herb Cheddar / grated

1 C Light Cream

Salt & Pepper / to taste

 
 

Method


Place diced potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Salt the water liberally, then bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, but still firm. Drain the potatoes, then return to the pot. Add the butter, grated cheese, and cream. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Season with salt & pepper. Serve hot.

Strawberry Compote

Jansal Valley Strawberry Compote
 

Compotes are very similar to jams and marmalade but the cooked fruit tends to be left whole -- they can also be served both warm and chilled. Adding dried fruit is this recipes secret ingredient and it will change the way you make jams, marmalade and compotes in the future. While the fresh fruit cooks down, the dried fruit plumps up - giving a rustic finish, extra depth of flavor and added sweetness! 

Strawberry Compote

ingredients


1 Pint Strawberries / stemmed and diced

1 C Jansal Valley Dried Strawberries / roughly chopped

1 C Granulated Sugar

2 tsp Lemon Juice

Optional: ½ Vanilla Bean / scraped for the seeds

 

method


Place a small plate in the freezer and save for later (see tips below!).

Combine all ingredients in a small, heavy sauce pan.

Cover with plastic wrap and let the mixture rest at room temperature for one hour (no longer, or you will have too much liquid). 

Place the pan over high heat and bring the mixture to a rapid boil, stirring regularly so that nothing sticks on the bottom and the mixture cooks evenly.Cook for 12–15 minutes, or until done (see tip!).

Once done, allow to cool, transfer to glass jars, and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

 
 

tips


 ...for testing doneness

Put a spoonful of compote on the cold plate. If when you tip the plate, the compote runs very slowly—it’s done!

Run a spoon slowly through the
mixture in the pan, if the compote doesn’t immediately rush in to fill the space—it’s done!

...for getting the most our of your vanilla bean

Vanilla beans are expensive so make sure to get the most out of them! We like to make infused sugars and here's how: infuse 1 cup of sugar with your leftover vanilla bean pod. Let it sit in a cool dry place for one week and you will then have vanilla flavored sugar!

 
 
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