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Take Holiday Hosting to the Next Level

November 9, 2018

( Family Features ) It can be easy to impress your holiday guests without overdoing it in the kitchen by putting to use recipes that require little time to prep. After all, those precious moments with loved ones are meant for reflection and conversation, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for lesser dishes.

Appetizers like Beet Carpaccio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Caprese Avocado Toast provide aesthetic appeal and taste to tide appetites. As one of the key ingredients, Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze adds tanginess and artistic flair for flavorful small bites.

Go above and beyond with a main course that’s prepped in 10 minutes and ready in less than two hours like this Rosemary and Raspberry Balsamic Roasted Leg of Lamb, which can be the center of attention as guests dig in for a delightful meal.

Finally, for a nightcap worth celebrating, this Dark Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake can serve a crowd thanks to ingredients like Filippo Berio Raspberry Balsamic glaze, providing tangy, fruity flavor with its rich, smooth blend of raspberry juice and balsamic vinegar of Modena.

Find more holiday recipes that can take your gathering to the next level at filippoberio.com.

Rosemary and Raspberry Balsamic Roasted Leg of Lamb

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Servings: 8

Roasted Leg of Lamb:

3 tablespoons Filippo Berio Olive Oil2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Raspberry Balsamic Glaze1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary4 teaspoons grainy mustard1 bone-in leg of lamb (about 6 pounds)2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pepper3 onions, quartered1 cup water

Gravy:

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour1/2 cup dry red wine4 cups chicken stock2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Raspberry Balsamic Glaze1 sprig fresh rosemary1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper

To make Roasted Leg of Lamb: Heat oven to 400° F. In bowl, whisk olive oil, raspberry balsamic glaze, rosemary and mustard; set aside.Make small incisions in lamb and insert garlic slices. Rub olive oil mixture over lamb. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Transfer to roasting pan fitted with rack. Add onions; pour water into bottom of pan.Roast 80-90 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 145° F for medium-rare, adding water to pan as needed to avoid scorching and onions drying out.Transfer lamb to carving board and tent with foil.To make Gravy: Place roasting pan on stovetop over medium-high heat; stir in flour. Whisk in wine; boil 1-2 minutes, or until reduced by half. Whisk in chicken stock and raspberry balsamic glaze. Add rosemary; bring to boil and simmer 8-10 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with lamb.

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Servings: 12

Crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs1/3 cup Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Filling:

3/4 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate1 tablespoon Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze3 packages (8 ounces each) brick-style cream cheese, room temperature1 cup granulated sugar3 eggs1 cup sour cream1 teaspoon vanilla

Cherry Topping:

3 cups frozen cherries3/4 cup packed brown sugar1 tablespoon Filippo Berio Olive Oil1/2 cup water, plus 2 tablespoons, divided2 tablespoons cornstarch2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze

To make Crust: Heat oven to 350° F.Mix graham wafer crumbs, oil and sugar; press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 minutes; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F.To make Filling: In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in balsamic glaze. Let cool slightly.Using electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, sugar and melted chocolate mixture until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in sour cream and vanilla; pour over crust.Wrap outside of springform pan in heavy-duty foil. Set inside roasting pan and pour in boiling water until halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake 90-100 minutes, or until sides are set and center is still slightly jiggly; cool 5 minutes. Run knife between cheesecake and pan; cool completely. Refrigerate 24 hours.To make Cherry Topping: In small saucepan over medium heat, bring cherries, sugar, olive oil and 1/2 cup water to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5-6 minutes, or until sugar dissolves.Whisk cornstarch with remaining water; whisk into mixture. Cook about 3 minutes, or until thickened.Transfer to bowl; cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to one day. Spoon over cheesecake; drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Beet Carpaccio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts

Prep time: 10 min

Servings: 4

1 1/2 pounds roasted beets2 cups microgreens4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze1/4 teaspoon flaked sea salt1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper

Heat oven to 400° F.Using chef’s knife or mandoline, thinly slice beets; arrange on platter.Arrange microgreens over beets; scatter with goat cheese. Sprinkle hazelnuts over top and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Caprese Avocado Toast with Balsamic Glaze

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4

2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil4 slices rustic Italian bread, about 3/4-inch thick1 large clove garlic, halved2 small ripe avocados, peeled and pitted1 tablespoon lemon juice1/4 cup torn fresh basil, divided1/2 teaspoon salt, divided1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided1 large ripe tomato, sliced8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes1/4 cup Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze

Heat oven to broil; position rack at highest level. Brush olive oil over both sides of each slice of bread; broil, turning once, 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Rub cut side of garlic clove over bread while still hot.Mash together avocados, lemon juice, 1/8 cup basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; spread over one side of each slice of bread. Top with tomato slices; season with remaining salt and pepper. Top with mozzarella slices; sprinkle with hot pepper flakes.Drizzle each slice of bread with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with remaining basil; serve immediately.

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