Holidays are a perfect time to create and enjoy tasty dishes. We’ve gathered some of our favorite holiday recipes, including this 2-ingredient glazed ham, a couple of sides, a dessert, and some snack-able, gift-able roasted nuts. Read on for all the tasty details!
Polynesian Glazed Ham
You’re just two ingredients away from the star of your holiday table. All you need is about half of a bottle of San-J Sweet & Tangy Sauce and half of a ham. Put them together and this gluten-free holiday recipe will make you whole! Or at the very least, it’ll make everyone wonder what your secret is.
The flavor of the sauce perfectly compliments the ham while ensuring a nice glaze to prevent the ham from drying out. There is a bit of effort involved in the timing to add more sauce throughout the cooking time, but it’s so worth it. If you would rather serve up turkey, we have the perfect brine to bring out delicious flavors.
Pecan Orange Sweet Potatoes
If you like the traditional sweet potato casserole – the one with the marshmallows – try this one, which trades the marshmallows for a sweet pecan topping. This recipe will be a perfect conversation topic for the dinner table with your guests.
Blend cooked sweet potatoes with San-J Orange Sauce, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Then mix pecans with orange sauce and brown sugar to create a simple topping. It all gets baked to a sweet perfection.
If you want to simplify, skip the steps of peeling and cooking the sweet potatoes by swapping with a can of sweet potato puree.
Orange Cranberry Quinoa Salad
Lighten up the meal with this side dish that you can serve warm, cold, or room temperature because options are nice. The classic seasonal flavor of orange and cranberry are the main components of this recipe.
Combine cooked quinoa with San-J Orange Sauce and a medley of textures and flavors. Pistachios offer the crunch, dried cranberries lend a tart and sweet chewiness, red onion sharpens the flavor, mint leaves freshen it up, and black pepper rounds it out with a bit of spice. This is a perfect dish if you are looking for easy gluten-free holiday entertaining.
The instructions are as simple as can be: Stir to combine.
Thai Peanut Bars
Grab your apron and your sweet tooth! These bars are a nice addition to any cookie swap. They’re easy to customize – try almond butter and almonds instead of peanut butter and peanuts. Or use cashew butter and cashews. Maybe even a blend of your favorites.
Start by mixing the wet ingredients including San-J Thai Peanut Sauce, mixing the dry ingredients, then stirring them all together. Stir in the chopped peanuts and refrigerate the dough.
Then you’ll form the dough into two rectangles and brush with egg white before baking. After they’ve baked and cooled, slice and share. Don’t forget a glass of milk, egg nog, or some cashew milk.
Eastern Tamari-Roasted Nuts
When it comes time to serve up holiday appetizers with an Asian spin or make gifts for your guests, never underestimate the power of roasted nuts.
We like to combine walnut halves, pecan halves, and whole cashews. Get creative and customize with more or less variety.
Start by blanching the nuts and adding sugar and oil. Roast them, turning every 10 minutes until browned and crispy. Transfer to a bowl and toss with a whole slew of seasonings, including San-J Tamari Soy Sauce. Spread them into a single layer to cool, then store in an airtight container. Preferably a large jar with a ribbon tied around the rim to share with your favorite foodie friend.
In addition to these holiday recipes, we have a selection of menu creations for the Chinese New Year. Dishes are an important part of Chinese New Year celebrations as well as Japanese New Year traditions.
Looking to try more recipes? Search our collection of recipes for more delicious dishes!