Recipe Round-Up: Holiday Season Selections

Decadent December

It’s officially the holiday season and we want to help you celebrate! Read along for tasty appetizers, gourmet side dishes, homemade cranberry sauce, cider braised pork, and an apple pie to top it all off.

1. Scalloped Potato Bake

Every main course needs a side dish. A tasty side dish makes a good meal, GREAT. There is no better accompaniment to your ham, turkey or chicken than this Cheddar and Leek Scalloped Potato Bake. The perfect combination of cheesy and creamy is sure to satisfy your taste spuds.

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2. Homestyle Cranberry Sauce

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Who says delicious recipes need to be complicated and time consuming? All you need to whip up this delicious Homestyle Cranberry Sauce is local cranberries and twenty minutes! A versatile recipe, you can stick to classic cranberry sauce, or add orange peel, cinnamon or local maple syrup for a twist.

3. Aimee Bourque’s ‘Jarcuterie’

Aimee Bourque's Jarcuterie

‘Jarcuterie’ is all the fun of a grazing board, but in a single, portable serving. These cute appetizers are easy to make and are filled with the local ingredients and produce of your choice! This version was brought to us by Aimee Bourque.

For even more inspiration, check out our Local Source Guide: 

Cheese: Fox Hill Cheese House, Knoydart Farm, Masstown Creamery 

Produce: Stirling Farm MarketNoggins Corner Farm MarketMasstown Market, Scotian Gold, den Haan Greenhouses, Stokdijk GreenhousesCountry Magic, or one of the many Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia.

Bread: Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet, Boulangerie la Vendéenne, The Old Apothecary Bakery and Café, Masstown Market

Meat: Masstown Butcher, Meadowbrook Meat Market, The Pork Shop

Fish: Afishionado Fishmongers, Fisherman’s Market, Evan’s Fresh Seafood, A.C. Covert Distributors, Clearwater Seafoods Ltd., Comeau’s Sea Foods Ltd., Hamilton’s Fish Farm, J. Willy Krauch & Sons

Jams and preserves: Cornect Family Farm, Helen B’s Preserves, Galloping Cows Fine Foods, Tangled Garden

4. Apple Pie

This classic recipe is a slice of delicious nostalgia. Sweet and tart Nova Scotia apples mingle with cinnamon and sugar, making it a great dessert for any time of year! Serve with vanilla ice cream or sharp cheddar for extra flavour.

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5. Bulwark Original Cider Braised Pork Loin

Pork roast with cider chutney on top. Sitting in white platter with a glass of Bulwark cider in background.

If you’re in the mood for a tender, juicy and delicious meal—then this is the recipe for you. This recipe uses Bulwark cider and apple cider vinegar to marinate the roast until perfection. Apples, local honey and cranberries are used to create the tasty chutney.

Local Source Guide:

Bulwark Original Cider: Purchase Bulwark Cider at their cidery in New Ross, the Cider House in Halifax, by ordering online, or by visiting the NSLC, WestSide Beer Wine Spirits, Harvest Wines & Spirits or Liquid Assets.

Produce: Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Apples: Noggins Corner Farm MarketScotian Gold ApplesStirling Fruit Farms Ltd.,Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Pork Roast: Masstown Butcher, the Pork Shop, or Meadowbrook Meat Market

Honey: Cornect Family Farm.

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