Tired Of The Same Old Holiday Foods? Give Your Favorites A Facelift!

Every family differs when it comes to holiday dinner traditions. But discover the happy medium between the traditional dishes and the not so customary holiday meals with three quick and convenient recipe twists from MediLodge of Hillman. First, start with a can of shrimp, a little garlic and some dried dill weed and transform your regular mashed potatoes into a delectable seafood side dish. Next, substitute your traditional green-bean casserole with a quick Easy Cheesy Herbed Creamed Spinach dish. Combine a few cans of spinach with a little garlic-and-herb cheese and you’ve created a simple side, packed with flavor and nutrition. Finally, finish the meal with a new twist on an old holiday standby. Try “zesting up” great-grandma’s fruitcake recipe. Don’t forget that the holidays are about spending time with family. While you want your meals to look and taste fantastic, you needn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So try these simple, yet tasty twists on your old classics and your crowd is sure to ask for seconds!

Walnut Coconut Cream Holiday Fruitcake

1 cup candied cherries, halved

1 (4 ounce) container candied pineapple slices,

          cut into thin (about 1/8-inch) wedges

1 cup golden raisins

2 tablespoons brandyfruitcake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2/3 cup butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

1 cup sweetened cream of coconut (canned)

2 cups coarsely broken walnuts

In large bowl stir together cherries, pineapple slices, raisins and brandy; let stand an hour or longer. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla extract; Beat in egg yolks until blended. Stir in lemon rind. Add 1/3 of flour mixture and ½ of coconut cream and stir until smooth. Repeat stir remaining flour until smooth. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold in to batter. Pour over fruit mixture then stir in walnuts. Spoon into well buttered pans and spread to smooth. Set a shallow pan of hot water on lowest oven rack or floor of oven. Bake at 300°F on rack below center of oven until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean – 2 to 2 ½ hours for 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pan, or 1 1/2 to 2 hours for small pans. Cool on racks. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Store in refrigerator. This fruitcake slices beautifully, and tastes good when cold. Makes 2 large loaves or 5 small loaves.

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