PASTA 2 WAYS

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PASTA 2 WAYS

Plain pasta for kids is made even better with Finlandia butter.  And for the bigger kids, try this version with Finlandia Classic Creamy Gourmet Cheese & vermouth. 


NOODLES WITH FINLANDIA CLASSIC CREAMY GOURMET CHEESE

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz pasta: spaghetti, fettuccini, linguini – whatever your fav is
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 oz Finlandia Classic Creamy Gourmet Cheese*
  • 1 oz vermouth
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Parsley for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook noodles in boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally until done, about 8 minutes
  2. While they cook, melt Finlandia butter* with Finlandia Classic Creamy Gourmet Cheese* in a small pot until mixed, then add parmesan and vermouth- stir until smooth
  3. Season with salt & pepper
  4. Drain noodles and toss with the sauce, and a sprinkle of parsley. Serve.

Plain Butter Noodles
 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz pasta: spaghetti, fettuccini, linguini – whatever your fav is
  • 1/3 cup Finlandia butter*
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook noodles in boiling, salted water, stirring occasionally until done, about 8 minutes
  2. Drain, return to pot and immediately add butter, salt and pepper
  3. If using Parmesan, add it now
  4. Mix well and serve

*Finlandia Cheeses are available in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers and you can find Finlandia Butter at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway.


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Haricot Vert (French Green Beans) With Browned Butter

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Haricot Vert (French Green Beans) With Browned Butter

Instead of the usual green beans for Thanksgiving, how about an amazingly simple brown butter version using #Finlandia.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1  1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons Finlandia butter
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup French Fried Onions

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the green beans and cook 2 minutes
  2. Immediately plunge into ice water to stop cooking - to paper towelsto dry
  3. Meanwhile, slowly melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often until it’s browned in color and nutty in flavor, 2 - 3 minutes
  4. And as soon as it is, add the green beans, toss well to coat, season with salt & pepper and then plate – top with something crunchy, like crispy French Fried Onions.

*Finlandia Cheeses are available in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers and you can find Finlandia Butter at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway.


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Turkey Brine

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Turkey Brine

Enough for one turkey

A brined turkey is a juicy, more flavorful turkey. Ideally you want to brine for 24 hours before cooking - but if you don't have that much time try for at least an hour a pound.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon apple juice
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 tablespoons each dried sage & rosemary
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups Kosher salt
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled & cut in quarters

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes partly covered
  2. Allow brine to cool completely
  3. Put rinsed turkey (without the bag of giblets etc) into a brining bag or non-reactive pot and add the cooled brine
  4. Seal bag or cover pot and refrigerate up to 24 hours
  5. The goal is to cover the turkey with the liquid during brining. So simply adjust the juice and or water to add extra liquid for a larger bird
  6. Remove turkey, rinse, pat dry and roast

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Turkey Pan Gravy

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Turkey Pan Gravy

Take the time to make a delicious pan gravy. You don’t want to be a gravy sinner, do you?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 3 cups

 Ingredients

  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pan drippings from one roast turkey or chicken
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Make a broth reduction: Heat chicken broth, wine and herbs in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, approximately 15–20 minutes. Remove herbs and discard. (Broth reduction may be made up to 3 days ahead and reheated when ready to make gravy.)
  2. Make a simple roux to thicken gravy: Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add flour and whisk continually to form a thick roux. Continue stirring until flour is a caramel brown color. (Roux can be made earlier in the day and reheated when ready to make gravy.) 
  3. Gather pan drippings: Pour drippings from roasting pan into a glass measuring cup or fat separator. Place in refrigerator to cool and allow fat to rise to the top. Use a ladle to remove fat from top (and discard) or use a turkey baster to suction darker pan drippings from the bottom.
  4. Add pan drippings to simmering broth reduction. Slowly ladle broth/dripping mixture into hot roux, over medium heat, whisking continually so no lumps form. When all liquid is incorporated stir in granulated garlic and allow gravy to simmer for 5-10 minutes so flour can cook, stirring occasionally. If gravy becomes too thick simply add some additional chicken broth or water. If it’s too thin, simmer a little longer to reduce. Season to taste
  5. with salt and pepper just before serving.

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Garden Dill Slow Scrambled Eggs

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Garden Dill Slow Scrambled Eggs

Serves: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The Finlandia creamy gourmet cheese makes this ridiculous – and I mean that in the best way possible. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon Finlandia butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Finlandia Garden Dill Creamy Gourmet Cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a small skillet over low to medium heat, making sure it covers the bottom and sides
  2. Crack the eggs in a small bowl, add salt & pepper, beat well and then add to the pan
  3. Cook slowly, stirring often making sure the eggs don’t stick to the pan
  4. When the eggs are about halfway done, add Finlandia Garden Dill Cheese and continue stirring until eggs are cooked though but still creamy
  5. Serve.

 

*Finlandia Cheeses are available in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers and you can find Finlandia Butter at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway.

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Finlandia Black Garlic Flatbread

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Finlandia Black Garlic Flatbread

The beauty of this recipe is that it can be adapted to any flatbread, pizza or even sliced loaf of bread – like a baguette. Because once you know how much to spread on, you can do it with anything. 

Serves: 2-4 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Spread about a 1/8 inch layer of the Finlandia Black Garlic Creamy Gourmet Cheese on the flatbread
  3. Add a thin layer of the pesto on top of that
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of the red pepper flakes on top, and finish with a light sprinkling of the shredded Parmesan
  5. Bake until beginning to get golden brown – 15-20 minutes
  6. Remove, slice and serve
  7. Repeat

*Finlandia Cheeses are available in Southern California at Costco and other fine retailers and you can find Finlandia Butter at Vons, Albertsons and Safeway.


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Fry Sauce

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Fry Sauce

Meant for dipping and not frying. Serve with fries for dipping…or put on a burger…or on a hotdog…or in a sandwich…or in egg salad…or tuna salad, or on a brisket grilled cheese. Ok, basically everywhere.

Makes 3/4 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Cholula hot sauce (or whatever kind you like)
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
  • 1 regular size dill pickle, diced very small
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine
  2. Store in fridge a couple weeks

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