Make your holiday table even more special

The holidays are as much about good food as they are celebrating, gift giving and spending time with family. After all, what yuletide or New Year gathering DOESN’T include delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts? They all do!

It’s probably the best time of year to sample a wide array of different dishes too, since holiday get-togethers often revolve around a “pot-luck” theme where everyone brings something to share. If you’re on the list this year to bring a dish as you celebrate with friends and family, you’ve come to the right place for ideas.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Apps are a snap!
Every big meal surrounding the holidays begins with appetizers. Cheese trays, veggie assortments, crackers, dips – a lot of choices. To stand out from the crowd on the appetizer table, give this crunchy and savory morsel a try:

Blue Corn Tortilla Toppers
These are so simple to prepare and because they look so inviting and taste so good, they won’t stick around for long. So make a lot!

Start with blue corn tortilla chips. No broken ones! You want the full triangle. Spread each chip with chive cream cheese and top that with a bite-sized piece of Morey’s Smoked Salmon Nuggets. The sticky cream cheese will keep the salmon firmly in place for each creamy, crunchy bite.

Crabby Dip
Another house favorite in the app department is this delicious crab dip served in a big hollowed-out bread bowl. Here’s all you need:

1 pound of Morey’s Imitation Crabmeat (flake style)

1 stick butter

Chopped green onions

Chopped parsley

2 Tbsp flour

1 pint cream

1/2 lb grated Swiss cheese

1 Tbsp sherry wine

Salt and red pepper to taste

Melt butter in a heavy pot and sauté the onions and parsley. Blend in flour, cream, and cheese until the cheese melts. Add your other ingredients and fold in the Morey’s Imitation Crabmeat. When you hollow out the bread bowl, place all the chunks of bread around the bowl for dipping. Then fill the bowl and watch it disappear. The best part? By using Morey’s instead of expensive crab, you won’t go broke serving this appetizer.

On to the holiday main course
Salmon is special in many homes and cultures for holiday meals. In the past, preparing a marinated salmon dinner took quite a bit of time and effort. But how times have changed! Now it’s as easy as picking up Morey’s at the grocery store and having a gourmet experience minutes later.

Of all the vibrant salmon flavors available, one of the most popular is Morey’s Seasoned Grill Atlantic Salmon. Its spice and seasoning blend was developed by some of the finest culinary experts and perfected through extensive taste tests.

The way to prepare Morey’s frozen fillets is a matter of choice. All the healthy goodness and marinade is right in the vacuum packed, individual-sized package. So even fast microwave cooking is foolproof. Baking, sautéing and grilling are all excellent ways to prepare the fillets and impart their own unique charms.

Some sure-fire sides to accompany your salmon are fresh green beans, asparagus, broccoli and squash. A terrific starch accompaniment is wild rice for a truly memorable dining experience. And finally, help unite all the celebratory flavors with a nice glass of pinot noir.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

Complete Your Morey’s Meal Event

Morey’s marinated fillets can easily become the centerpiece of any meal, from a quick weeknight dinner to a big family event. Now you can round out your meal idea with the perfect side dish or wine pairing with these delicious recipes and wine suggestions.

Bake, Grill or Layer the Perfect Side Dish
Veggie Fries
Looking for a crunchy, sizzling and lighter option than take-out? fries? Try your favorite vegetables! From Chipotle Cornmeal Green Bean Fries, to Parmesan Zucchini Fries, all you need is an oven and the seasoned breading of your choice for a flavorful and crispy side dish. Recipes Here

Grilled Asparagus SpearsNovember2014_blog
Lightly charred veggies have a bold flavor to stand up to the sweet, smoky taste of Morey’s Wood Roasted Wild Salmon. If you’re a fan of asparagus, brush the stalks with olive oil and season and grill to your liking. Check out this recipe for asparagus that will send your family lining up for seconds, thirds and fourths.

Roasted Potatoes
Warm up your taste buds and try this recipe for roasted potatoes alongside one of Morey’s delicious ready-to-cook entrées. Use quartered red potatoes in a sizzling hot cast-iron skillet. Add in onion, olive oil, rosemary and your favorite seasonings, and you’ll have the perfect potatoes to add to your Morey’s meal.

Tilapia Pasta Salad
Combine the Lemon Pepper Tilapia, with a refreshing pasta salad for a light and nutritious dinner or lunch. Layers of cooked rice noodles or whole grains are covered with the greens of your choice. The warm tilapia rests on top, heating the greens while a drizzle of your favorite salad dressing adds the finishing touches to a delightful meal.

Pour a glass, or two
As a general rule, white wine pairs well with most fish, but certain white wines go better with certain types of fish.

If you’re enjoying a lean and flaky fish like Morey’s Seasoned Grill Tilapia, look for a zesty and refreshing white to balance the more delicate fish flavor. The website Wine Folly recommends a Champagne or White Bordeaux.

However, if you choose a more meaty fish like Garlic Cracked Pepper Wild Pacific Salmon or Pineapple Mango Mahi Mahi, choose a wine pairing that goes with the steak-like texture. Rich white wines with lots of flavor and even a few red and rosé wines can do the trick. Try an Oaked Chardonnay, Dry Rosé or White Pinot Noir – your guests will welcome such a refreshing meal idea.

Thinking about a small tasting before dinner? Richly smoked fishes like Morey’s Wild Smoked Salmon Chunks are a little drier and need wine pairings that quench them. A Rosé Sparkling, Dry Riesling or White Pinot Noir will start your event on a high note.

Looking for more wine pairings? Visit Wine Folly for more great ideas, and even the perfect drink to go with our Fish Taco recipe.

Morey’s has several marinated options to fit your taste buds and side dish ideas. Check them all out on Moreys.com and tell us if you have a great seafood meal idea by submitting a recipe. We’re always looking for new and creative ways to prepare our delicious and nutritious products. Enjoy!

Sources:
http://www.oprah.com/food/What-to-Serve-with-Salmon
http://www.livestrong.com/article/530522-dinner-ideas-with-tilapia-fillets/
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/what-to-eat-right-now-pacific-salmon/our-favorite-salmon-flavor-combinations
http://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-with-fish-pairing-guide/
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/grilled-asparagus-spears-recipe.html