Candied Walnuts or Pecans with Holiday Spices

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With their crunchy, sweet-spiced coating, these nibbles are great at parties and they are healthy! They also make an ideal homemade Christmas gift when packaged and tied with a pretty ribbon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Zest of ½ orange
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 oz walnut or pecan halves

Directions

  • Put the sugar, water, orange zest and spices onto the AGA ultimate baking tray.
  • Stir together and add the nuts.
  • Cook in your AGA Roasting Oven (or simmer on your stove top) until the liquid has evaporated and the nuts have absorbed the flavors. Cool before serving.

Source: Bonnie Fleming

Mulled Spiced Wine

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Thaw out this winter with a glass of mulled spiced wine to warm you up from the inside.  This recipe calls for an extra punch of rich liquor.

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 2 oranges
  • 8 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ – 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup liquor (Cointreau, Brandy, Grand Marnier, Cognac)

Directions for AGA Cast Iron Range

  • Shave a few peels of orange zest, then slice orange and add to an AGA Danish Pot or large stockpot.
  • Pour all ingredients in and let sit on the back of your AGA (can stay several days, add water to dilute if needed).
  • You may also start pot in simmering oven for speed, but DO NOT let come to a boil.
  • Serve warm.

Directions for Conventional Range

  • Add ingredients to large stockpot and simmer, but DO NOT let come to a boil.
  • Serve warm.

Source: Katherine Vest

Bruschetta on Ciabatta Toast

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A classic appetizer, bruschetta (pronounced brusketta) combines the bursting flavors of garden-fresh tomatoes with robust garlic, basil and creamy mozzarella cheese, layered on a crunchy ciabatta toast.

Ingredients

  • Ciabatta loaf
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 5 – 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • Basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 package whole mozzarella, sliced

Directions

  • Cut a ciabatta loaf into slices, about ½” thick.
  • Brush with olive oil and place on baking tray and toast on the floor of the Roasting Oven or 450°F in a conventional oven. Alternatively, you also can use the AGA grill pan. Get grill pan hot and toast until the bread is “branded” with stripes on both sides.
  • Rub the toasted bread with a half a garlic clove and season with sea salt and black pepper. Top with sliced mozzarella and place back in the oven briefly, just until the cheese becomes soft and slightly melted. Top with chopped tomatoes and torn basil leaves. If you like extra flavor, add chopped red onion and garlic. Serve warm.

Try This Variation

  • Crumble Gorgonzola mixed with Mascarpone and finished with a walnut half.

AGA Hot Spiced Mulled Cider

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Warm up with this festive holiday drink, served piping hot with a fresh cinnamon stick.  You’ll love the rich aroma of mulled cider and spices filling your home with the spirit of the holidays!

Ingredients

  • 2 pints dry or sweet cider
  • 3 oz brown sugar
  • 3 allspice berries (whole allspice)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

Directions

Place all ingredients in the large AGA 6L casserole or stockpot and bring to a boil. Take heat down, and simmer for 15 minutes. If you have an AGA cast iron range, transfer from boiling plate to the simmering oven for 15 minutes. Strain and serve hot with a cinnamon stick.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Mint Infusion

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Fresh cranberry sauce with mint infusion

Looking for a new twist on traditional cranberry sauce for the holidays? This homemade cranberry sauce recipe adds an invigorating infusion of fresh mint flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 bag (12 oz) cranberries, fresh
  • 1 bunch mint, fresh

Directions

  • In a saucepan, add sugar, orange juice, zest, ginger and nutmeg and simmer until dissolved.
  • Add berries, and simmer for 30 minutes until berries have popped and sauce has thickened. (Hint: if you have an AGA cast iron range, transfer the saucepan to the simmering oven and relax for 30 minutes.)
  • Chop mint leaves and add just before serving.

Source: Katherine Vest

Easy Holiday Crostini Recipe

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This crostini recipe variation is topped with prosciutto, mozzarella and chives.

Canapés are perfect for holiday parties, and they’re quick and easy in your AGA.  Flex your host muscles without breaking a sweat with this simple yet impressive crostini recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette
  • 1 package Boursin cheese
  • 4 – 5 tomatoes
  • 1 jar of sliced black olives
  • Basil leaves for garnish

Directions

  • Cut a small, narrow loaf such as a baguette into slices, about ½” thick.
  • Spread with a soft cheese such as Boursin.
  • Top with a slice of tomato and sliced olives.
  • Sprinkle with grated cheese and place on a piece of Bake-O-Glide on an AGA baking tray.
  • Place on the floor of the Roasting Oven (or 425°F in a conventional oven) and bake for about 8-10 minutes. Serve with garnished herb.

Variations

  • Spread with pesto instead of Boursin.
  • Top with tomato slice, season and cover with goat cheese.
  • Brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and toast uncovered.
  • Serve spread with Tapenade and top with prosciutto and a basil leaf.