This not-too-sweet cocktail or mocktail will be the toast of your holiday gathering. If you like your cocktail a little sweeter, consider rimming half the serving glass with a mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon.
Tip: For an equally delicious take on this mocktail, replace pears with apples.
Pair with Salmon Salad Boats!
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Place rimmed baking tray in oven to warm while oven preheats.
Slice pears in halves, or quarters if large, and remove stems and core. Place pears in large bowl along with honey, vinegar, and thyme. Toss to combine.
Dump pears onto warmed baking tray in a single layer. Bake until easily pierced with fork and lightly browned; this will depend on the size and firmness of the pears, between 20 and 40 minutes. Remove tray from oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Strip roasted thyme leaves off 3 stems and place in blender, discarding stems and remaining roasted thyme sprigs. Add pears to blender along with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) water, and pureu0301e until smooth. Transfer pureu0301e to pitcher and refrigerate until ready to use.
When ready to serve, stir in sparkling water or wine or combination. Divide among champagne glasses and garnish each with a slice or two of pear and a sprig of thyme.
This recipe is part of the Holiday Cocktail Party collection.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
While on your burger journey, visit Jamaica, where you’ll find the spicy jerk flavours native to this beautiful island. Maple syrup adds a unique, sticky sweetness, while fresh lime juice highlights the fresh, tangy flavours of the Caribbean. Try making your own jerk seasoning or purchase store-bought for an easy shortcut.