Holiday Entertaining ideas from Egg Farmers of Ontario

Parties, office pot lucks and the culminating festive dinner are all seasonal stories that need a great side or appetizer. This time of year people are finding themselves in the kitchen more than usual. we are looking for tasty recipes that are fun and affordable. Recipes that are known crowd pleasers always seem to include eggs and I am happy about that!

Egg Farmers of Ontario wants to ease your stress this month by reducing your time in the kitchen with two easy and delicious recipes; Classic Yorkshire Pudding and Zucchini-Feta Triangles.

Classic Yorkshire Pudding – Crusty on the outside, fluffy on the inside is the perfect description for this traditional British delicacy. Choose to serve in the traditional style with a roast dinner or as an appetizer with thinly sliced roast beef and horseradish cream. This one is a year long fave in our home having grown up with my grandmother serving it every weekend when I was a child.

Zucchini-Feta Triangles– These beautiful and festive bite-sized appetizers are perfect for pot lucks, parties or unexpected guests.  They are a great way to add vegetables to your holiday celebrations. My neighbours and friends will be experiencing this one this weekend as we have some entertaining planned.

Eggs are nature’s multivitamin and when you choose to include fresh Ontario eggs in your festive recipes, you are supporting local egg farm families.  Gather your own loved ones together for a magical celebration and enjoy the sights, sounds and of course the wonderful tastes that go along with this joyous season.

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Zucchini-Feta Triangles

A perfect bite-sized appetizer that is great for holiday entertaining and a great way to add vegetables to your holiday celebrations!

Yield:                                  48 triangles

Prep Time:                         15 minutes

Cooking Time:                   25 to 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup (250 mL)                    all-purpose flour

1½ tsp (7 mL)                      baking powder

1 tsp (5 mL)                         dried oregano

½ tsp (2 mL)                        each salt and paprika

¼ tsp (1 mL)                        each black pepper and cayenne pepper

5                                           eggs

2                                           egg whites

½ cup (125 mL)                   butter, melted and slightly cooled

4                                           green onions, chopped

¼ cup (50 mL)                     chopped fresh parsley

3 cups (750 mL)                  grated unpeeled zucchini (about 3 zucchini)

1 cup (250 mL)                    crumbled feta cheese (about 6 oz/175 g)

Cherry tomato slices and fresh herbs (optional)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).  Grease 9 x 13-inch (3.5 L) glass baking dish.

In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, oregano, salt, paprika, black pepper and cayenne; set aside.

In large bowl, whisk eggs and whites until combined.  Whisk in butter, flour mixture, green onions and parsley. Stir in zucchini and cheese.

Spread combined mixture evenly in prepared dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set and brown around the edges. Cool slightly before cutting into 2-inch (5 cm) squares then in half to make triangles.  Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with tomato slices and herbs, if desired. 

Tips:  Change it up and use grated Parmesan or Cheddar cheese and dried basil for the oregano.

Perfect for taking to a festive potluck celebration.

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Classic Yorkshire Pudding

Yield:                                  12 puddings

Prep Time:                         10 minutes

Chill Time:                         at least 30 minutes   

Cooking Time:                   30 to 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup (250 mL)                    all-purpose flour

½ tsp (2 mL)                        salt

3                                           large eggs

1¼ cups (300 mL)               milk

2 tbsp (30 mL)                     vegetable oil

Directions

In large glass measuring cup, whisk flour and salt.  Add eggs and milk; whisk until smooth and well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).  Spoon ½ tsp (2 mL) of oil into each cup of a muffin pan.

Place pan in oven, on upper third shelf, until very hot and almost smoking, about 13 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and pour batter into muffin cups to about ½ full (it should sizzle) and immediately return to oven.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and crisp (do not open oven door during baking).  Transfer to cooling rack and remove puddings from tray.  Serve warm. 

Tip:  An excellent replacement for mashed potatoes when served with roast beef.

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Yorkshire Puddings are also great served as a light meal filled with horseradish cream (plain yogurt, prepared horseradish and chopped fresh chives) and smoked salmon or thinly sliced roast beef.  These can be made ahead, cooled and frozen in air-tight containers.
You can replace vegetable oil with meat drippings when cooking roast beef.

Head over to www.getcracking.ca now to see these recipes and more!

How will you be including eggs in your holiday recipes this season?

 

**Images and recipes above below to Get Cracking / Egg Farmers of Ontario and are used with permission

 

Disclosure- This post has been brought to you by getcracking.ca / Egg farmers of Ontario all opinions are my own

 

 

Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    We go through A LOT of eggs in our house. I use them in almost everything I cook and bake!

  2. You got me at reducing time and zucchini- feta… YUMMMMMM!!! We incorporate eggs in virtually everything we eat at least once a day. For the holidays, for sure it will be a lot of sweet treats for the hubby and little one, and definitely these feta triangles for me!!

  3. I always stock up on eggs because I use it a lot in my cooking. Both recipes sound great. I would love to try them.

  4. Now those look delicious! My Grandma used to make awesome Yorkshire Pudding.

  5. I love making quiche when I entertain. Especially mini quiches! They’re a perfect breakfast and I love that eggs give them lots of protein.

  6. Those zucchini feta triangles look amazing – I’m going to note that recipe and give it a try this holiday. Thanks!

  7. I am scheduled for a colonoscopy on Tuesdayand on a special diet until I get it done. Eggs happen to be one of the things I am able to eat… and I can tell you… there isn’t much I can eat. Can’t wait until this is over.

  8. It would be great to include those Zucchini-Feta Triangles in our holidays. They sound amazing!

  9. We go through a lot of eggs – even more so at the holidays! Making cheesecake, brunch squares and baking! I love the Zucchini-Feta Triangles recipe, would be great for the kids lunches too once they’re back to school!

  10. I so love Yorkshire Puddings!!! Mine never seem to rise like the one in the restaurants??! I will have to try this recipe. Thanks 🙂

  11. Honestly I have never ever had a Yorkshire Puddings, even in a restaurant!

  12. Yorkshire Pudding are my family’s comfort food. We make them all the time and they are delicious!

  13. oh my gosh oh my gosh… I’m going to a holiday party tomorrow night and I was going to make mini quiches but I change my mind… I’m going to try the Zucchini-Feta Triangles instead!!!!

  14. Those Zucchini Feta Triangles sound amazing! I love a feta and and zucchini combo!

  15. The Yorkshire puddings look lovely. I’ve never had much success with them. I should try again.

  16. Looks awesome and delicious! I love this recipe and I will definitely try this one during the holiday dinner.

  17. Those Zucchini-Feta Triangles look awesome. I could see eating those anytime of the day.

  18. M mm hmm to the triangles! We’re big egg fans here, in fact I just stocked up for weekend cookie baking. 🙂

  19. Eggs are so good for you. I love finding recipes like the Zucchini-Feta Triangles. I will have to make some this weekend. They look delicious.

  20. I have heard about Yorkshire Pudding but I have never had one. I would love to give this recipe a try to see if I would like it or not.

  21. kathy downey says

    We love Eggs and eat them daily and this Zucchini-Feta Triangles sound delicious!

  22. One of my favorite ways to enjoy eggs is in rice. My husband put me on to that culinary delight years ago.

  23. Yum! I love feta in anything and those zucchini-feta thingies look amazing! We go through 2 or 3 cartons of eggs in a week, so there’s lots of opportunity to try them. 🙂

  24. cgrandy823 says

    The Zucchini-Feta Triangles look delicious. I especially like that they contain vegetables and protein. I’ve pinned the recipe to use next time we have a Watching-Sports-On-TV get-together.

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