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Apple Glaze Cornish Hen with Toasted Herb Dressing

An easy Apple Glaze Cornish Hen served with Toasted Herb Dressing that is much quicker to prepare than turkey. A must for your holiday table!

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Thanksgiving is coming up just one week from now. If you are not ready, don’t worry! Our easy and delish Apple Glaze Cornish Hen with Toasted Herb Dressing will help you to celebrate the holiday in style, demanding much less time in the kitchen than a traditional turkey. You don’t even have to worry about what to do with leftovers. 😉 Now how cool is that?!

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This is a recipe made with simple ingredients such as cornish hens, apple jelly, flavor enhancing Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs, vegetable oil, seasonings, lemon, honey, and mustard.

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All of the ingredients are conveniently available at your nearest Walmart. Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, a key ingredient for your Holiday recipes, can be found in the Asian foods aisle; while Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs will be found in the breading/baking section (not the Asian aisle).

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To prepare our Apple Glaze Cornish Hen, all we have to do is rub half of a lemon all around the outside of the hen and then brush with a mixture of oil, salt, and pepper. Tie the legs with kitchen twine and tuck the wing tips under the hen. Next, roast at 375°F for about one hour or until a thermometer registers 165°F. The hen should be brushed with an apple glaze made with apple jelly, Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, mustard, and honey about 25 to 30 minutes before taking out of the oven. 

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See? Easy peasy! Anyone can prepare this fabulous Thanksgiving meal without needing any advanced cooking skills. For more unique and creative Thanksgiving and everyday recipes like ours, visit the Kikkoman® website.

But that’s not all! We’re gonna accompany our Apple Glaze Cornish Hen with a fabulous yet simple-to-prepare Toasted Herb Dressing. This is something that requires no baking, in contrast to traditional dressing or stuffing. For our dressing, we will simply sweat chopped onion and garlic in vegetable oil, add Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs, and let cook for around a couple of minutes. Then, season with salt and pepper, add butter, fresh thyme, and if desired, cooked corn kernels and carrots. And voila!

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Right before serving, place bird on a serving platter accompanied by the dressing.

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This way, you can save time in the kitchen and spend more time with your loved ones– those who you are really thankful for… while keeping the magic and meaning of this holiday intact!

Kikkoman® wants to help make your holiday more affordable.  To get in on the savings, click on Kikkoman® Soy Sauce and Kikkoman® Bread Crumbs in order to be able to redeem the deals.

Planning for the holidays is a must, but slaving away in the kitchen is a choice.  A simple, affordable, and elegant Thanksgiving meal like our Apple Glaze Cornish Hen with Toasted Herb Dressing brings the warmth of the holiday without all the fuss.  If you are cooking for one or two, have a small family, or simply don’t want to spend several hours in the kitchen preparing a whole turkey and all that comes with it, make our delicious dish. You won’t regret it!

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Most of all, enjoy… both the meal and the time with family!

With much thankfulness from my family to yours,

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

 

TO PIN & ENJOY!

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Apple Glaze Cornish Hen with Toasted Herb Dressing
An easy Apple Glaze Cornish Hen served with Toasted Herb Dressing that is much quicker to prepare than turkey. A must for your holiday table!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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To prepare the apple glaze cornish hen:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Pat dry each hen. Rub each with a quarter of a lemon all around the outside and then brush with a mixture of oil, salt, and pepper. Place quartered lemon and one sprig of thyme into the cavity of each hen, tie the legs with kitchen twine, and then tuck the wing tips under each hen.
  3. Next, transfer the hens to the rack of a large roasting pan and add just a bit of water or chicken broth to the bottom of the pan to prevent drippings to burn. Roast them in the oven middle rack for about 60 minutes or until thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (without touching the bone) registers 165°F. However, 25 to 30 minutes before taking them out of the oven, brush with the apple glaze two to three times times. To make this, mix apple jelly,  Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, mustard, and honey in a bowl and brush each hen all over.  
To prepare the toasted herb dressing:
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add oil and sweat chopped onion for about 3-4 minutes. Then, cook garlic for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Do not let brown! Add butter and let melt. Add Kikkoman® Panko Bread Crumbs and let cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, season with salt and pepper to taste (I prefer mine slightly spicy) , add fresh thyme leaves, and if desired, cooked corn kernels, peas, and carrots. Serve with Apple Glaze Cornish Hen and enjoy! NOTE: Herb dressing will be buttery and crunchy. If you prefer a softer texture, stir in just a few tablespoons of chicken broth so the dressing will be moist but not mush.
Recipe Notes

I added cooked frozen carrots, peas, and corn to my herb dressing making it slightly sweet -- which pairs well with the apple glaze from the cornish hen.

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Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls

As my fond memories of Brazil grow, so does my appetite for all Brazilian snacks and treats. Brazilian cheese rolls happen to be a real favorite of mine. The last time I passed through Rio, I had some filled with cheese — as well as other types of fillings.  As nostalgia was calling me homeward through food, I found myself preparing these naturally gluten-free  Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls (pão de queijo recheado com cheddar) —which pairs so great with coffee.  How about some cheese rolls?

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pão de Queijo recheado com Cheddar)

Made from basic ingredients such as milk, cheese, vegetable oil, salt, eggs…

Eggs and yolk by Denise Browning -- www.frombraziltoyou.org

… and tapioca flour…

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… this small baked good is easy and quick to prepare and delivers flavor with every single bite. The best part?  You don’t have to be a great cook to come away like a hero. Mixing the ingredients, cubing the cheese to fill small portions of dough, and then baking is ALL that you have to do.  Pure enjoyment will fill both your mouth and soul!

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In the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, pão de queijo has been around since the eighteenth century, but its popularity spread to other regions of the country after the 1950’s. I would say that it is one of the most popular snacks in my home country.  It is relatively inexpensive, and often sold on the streets, in snack bars, cafes, airports, bakeries, Brazilian steakhouses, and supermarkets.

And that’s not all! These Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls make a great snack, breakfast, and small party bites. Is there a televised sports event coming up?  Surprise your crowd with these comforting bites and you’ll score major points.

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pão de Queijo recheado com Cheddar)

But if you thought all the commotion about pao de queijo is just limited to Brazil, you’d be dead wrong. Pão de queijo is beloved in several other South American countries and even in Japan, where it is usually made with rice flour instead of tapioca flour.

It is also becoming more and more popular in the USA now through the influence of Brazilian steakhouses (churrascarias). And this is one of those recipes that my American friends have most inquired about. But you know what?  You won’t find them filled with cheese at any churrascaria.

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (Pão de Queijo recheado com Cheddar)

Believe me, if you enjoy the ones served at Brazilian steakhouses here in the US, you will be totally crazy for our Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls… after all,  they contain the best of two countries: American cheddar on the inside and an exquisite Brazilian dough on the outside. 😉

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls

So grab your cup of coffee and enjoy our finger-licking rolls.

Cheddar filled Brazilian Cheese Rolls (pão de queijo recheado com cheddar)

 

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Cheddar filled Brazilian cheese rolls are naturally gluten-free and can be served for breakfast or as a snack or small party bites.
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  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven at 350° F (180° C).
  2. Place the tapioca flour in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix the milk, oil, and salt together and bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid mixture into the reserved bowl of flour, stirring well with a wooden spoon. Mix in the egg, and then add the crumbled queso fresco and grated Parmesan. Sprinkle the thyme if desired. Knead the dough for about 2-3 minutes or until homogeneous.
  4. Lightly grease your hands with vegetable oil. Using a tablespoon as measurement, make balls of dough and open an indentation in the center to fill in with a cube of cheddar. Close the dough around the cheese cube, seal tightly, and shape into a round ball, making sure there aren't any gaps where the cheese is exposed.
  5. Place the rolls on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until they begin to lightly brown. Serve while warm accompanied by coffee, guaraná soda, caipirinha, or other beverage of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Minas cheese is used to make Brazilian cheese rolls in Brazil. Because it isn't easily available in the US, I suggested the Mexican queso fresco be used in this recipe since it is the most similar to Minas cheese.

 

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Baked Chicken Parm with a Twist (Frango à Parmegiana de Forno)

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Ragú® and Latina Bloggers Connect. As always, all opinions expressed here are honest and my own! 

What makes your mealtime Saucesome? 🙂 For my family, there is nothing like cooking and sharing a meal together. This time, we prepared an easy and tasty Baked Chicken Parm with a Twist for one of our weeknight dinners… Needless to say that putting our own spin on a classic was quite fun! Ragú® is recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family mealtime Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it’s all Saucesome with the delicious help of Ragú® Sauce.

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Although we love the traditional chicken parm as it is, we decided to be creative, making the recipe (and the happy moments) our own…

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… For this, we used Ragú® Old World Style® Marinara Sauce which has a delicious taste our whole family loves — yours will too! Ragú® Hearty Traditional Sauce and Ragú® Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion Sauce would also be perfect for our dish.

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In addition, we skipped the first step of pan-frying the breaded chicken, baking the chicken directly in the oven… This healthy approach also saved us both time and the stovetop mess. Oh, and that’s not all!

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We also substituted cornmeal for bread crumbs and stuffed the chicken breasts with lots of cheese! 🙂

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The result? Well, see for yourself…

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Our baked chicken parm with a twist was a hit — a dish that the whole family enjoyed. It also brought my family closer together, letting us spend more time together and share more about our day.

How about you? What do you and your family enjoy preparing together?

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Baked Chicken Parm with a Twist
Easy and tasty Chicken Parm stuffed with cheese, breaded with cornmeal, and baked directly in the oven. A great dish for weeknight meals!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. In a shallow dish, combine together cornmeal, thyme, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. Set aside. Note: If desired, you can add a good pinch of salt to the cornmeal mixture. As for those who is on a low-sodium diet, the recipe is perfect as it is (the content of sodium from the Parmesan cheese is enough).
  2. Place each chicken breast on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slit chicken breast lengthwise, almost through -- to make a pocket. Stuff each breast with 1-2 Tablespoons of mozzarella cheese, leaving a small edge to seal. If desired, you can sprinkle a bit of thyme into each chicken breast pocket. Rub a bit of the beaten egg or water around edge and pinch to seal.
  3. Dip each chicken breast in the beaten egg...
  4. Then, coat each breast with cornmeal mixture on both sides.
  5. Arrange chicken in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes.
  6. Pour sauce over chicken and top with 1½ cups of mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle a bit of thyme on top. Serve chicken parm with pasta, steamed vegetables, or fresh salad. Enjoy!
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Recipe Notes

If desired, you can use Ragú® Hearty Traditional Sauce instead.

 

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Ragú® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


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