Make this December a holiday to remember with these clever holiday food hacks!
December is such a hectic and stressful time, isn’t it? Your to-do list is actually longer than Santa’s! Just know that it’s all going to be ok! Your local Kuhn’s Market has some amazing holiday food hacks (and more) to save you time, money, and stress!
- Give your cookies a beautiful lace pattern by rolling a doily over the top of your rolled dough. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes as usual.
- Crushed candy canes make a delicious and crunchy addition to desserts. Sprinkle on top of chocolate icing, hot chocolate, mousse, ice cream or panna cotta.
- Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out Christmas themes in sandwiches, pancakes, and melons.
- Give your salads a Christmas look with sprinkles of green and red, such as finely diced red onion, chives, red and green bell peppers, spring onions, red and green chilies, red and green capsicum, herbs and cherry tomatoes.
- Make Elf cookies and donuts out of Cheerios (see photo above). This is a super easy timesaver to make in place of cookies for kids’ school parties, gifts, and a delicious surprise for Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve!
‘Tis the season be merry and bright! Check out these amazing food hacks to help you save time to enjoy your holiday with family and friends!
- 1 lb large strawberries
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 3-4 Tablespoons powdered sugar (or sugar substitute – to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). I scooped out enough of the pulp of the hat so that it will fit over the filling. Scoop out most of the insides of the strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary – some of them are hollow already. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill the strawberries with cheesecake mixture.
- Once strawberries are filled, top with the ‘hats.’ Decorate according to photo.
- If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.
Buy one of those little chocolate cake decorating tubes you find in the baking aisle of the grocery store and pipe on just a little for the eyes. Great for an appetizer.
Crock Pot Turkey Breast with Cranberry Gravy
Put your turkey breast in the crock pot. Combine sauce ingredients; pour over the top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or a house blend. Cover and cook for about 8 hours. Shake a little cornstarch and water in a jar. Whisk into the sauce and let it thicken on high. Whisk occasionally for about 10 minutes while the turkey rests. Slice. This makes a very moist turkey. Perfect leftovers for sandwiches during the week. Serve with mashed potatoes and plenty of cranberry gravy. Try this the next time you’re in the mood for turkey but not the work. You’ll be thankful!
- 1 turkey breast, 5-7 lbs
- 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
- 15-oz can whole berry
- cranberry sauce
- 1/2 C orange juice,
- chicken broth or wine
- salt & pepper
Spray the pot with Pam.
Put the breast inside.
Combine the ingredients and pour over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove the breast to a platter and
let rest while you make the gravy.
Turn the heat to high.
Combine 2-3T cornstarch with 1/2 C water in a jar and shake to blend.
Add to the broth in the pot and whisk to combine. Cover and cook another 5-10 minutes, whisking a few times.
Serve with the sliced turkey and mashed potatoes.
Roll out the dough and place it on your prepared pans (use a small amount of oil to prepare pan). Use a little bit of flour when needed when rolling out the dough.
- Add your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings. Use ranch dressing this time of year for a white snowman.
- Bake on a cookie sheet at 500 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
- Slide them in and wait until they start smelling pretty good. Then check every couple of minutes until they look done.
- You will know when it’s done when all the cheese is melted with little bits almost burned, and the crust is golden brown.
- Add black olives for mouth, buttons an eyes and a carrot for a nose.
Peppermint No-Churn Ice Cream
No ice cream maker is required for this peppermint-packed frozen treat!
- 18 chocolate-peppermint candies, such as peppermint patties
- 2 3/4 cups heavy cream
- One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint puffs
- Candy canes for serving, optional.
Special equipment: 9-by-5-by-3-inch metal loaf pan
- Put a 9-by-5-by-3-inch metal loaf pan in the freezer to chill. Put the
chocolate-peppermint candies and 3/4 cup of the heavy cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the candies are melted, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.
- Meanwhile, whip the remaining 2 cups heavy cream in a large bowl with an
electric mixer on medium high until firm peaks form, about 2 minutes. Pour the condensed milk into a medium bowl and fold in 1 cup of the whipped cream with a rubber spatula until combined, then fold the lightened mixture back into the whipped cream until well blended. Gently fold in the marshmallows.
- Remove 2 tablespoons of the chocolate sauce and set aside. Pour a third of
the ice cream mixture into the chilled pan, then top with half of the remaining chocolate sauce. Repeat with one-third more of the ice cream mixture, then the remaining chocolate sauce. Cover with the remaining ice cream mixture and sprinkle the crushed peppermint puffs on top. Drizzle the top with the reserved chocolate sauce. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze until solid and scoop-able, about 3 hours and up to overnight. Serve in a cup with a candy cane.
Find Your Local Kuhn’s Market
- Allison Park
Address: 2412 Ferguson Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Phone Number: 412-219-1100
2.) Banksville Road
Address: 3125 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Phone Number: 412-242-8777
Address: 661 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Phone Number: 412-766-4546
4.) Beulah Road
Address: 700 Beulah Road, Wilkins Township, PA 15145
Phone Number: 412-829-2555
Address: 1130 Highway Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone Number: 412-231-8808
Address: 2284 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, PA 15001
Phone Number: 724-857-2200
Address: 745 West Ingomar Road, Ingomar, PA 15127
Phone Number: 412-366-1700
8.) McKnight Road
Address: 4801 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone Number: 412-369-8781
9.) Moon Township
Address: 825 Beaver Grade Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Phone Number: 412-264-3225