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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Cranberry and Brie Wontons /#Cranberry Week

Welcome to #Cranberry Week! This is the final day of our week celebrating cranberries. I hope you have found recipes that inspire you to create something special, and might become a holiday favorite!  

Cranberry and Brie Wontons

(printable recipe at end of page)

Makes 1 dozen wontons

6 ounces fresh Cranberries

1/8 cup granulated sugar

1/8 cup light brown sugar

a squeeze of fresh orange, 2-3 squeezes

1 dozen uncooked Wonton Wrappers 

4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened




Place the cranberries in a medium pot on the stove. Heat on medium heat. Add both sugars, and the orange squeezes. Stir together. The sauce should start to thicken. Once it does, let sauce cool.




Place your wonton at an angle. Add a slice of cream cheese, approx. 1/4" wide. Place 1-2 teaspoons of cooked cranberry on top of the cream cheese.

To wrap the wontons up, use a small brush and wet the edges of wonton, all around the edges.

Take the two opposite points and pull them together as shown above. The water will hold this together. Of course, the cranberries and brie will be inside.

Pull one of the sides to the center and attach with water, as before.

Pull other side into the wonton and use the water to attach it.

Place the wontons in the air fryer and cook for 3-4 minutes. You may have to go longer, just check as they are cooking.

 
Cook the wontons for approx. 3-4 minutes.


Place the wontons on a serving plate, and before serving, grate some chocolate over the wontons. Also, lightly sprinkle with confectioners sugar.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

Thank you for stopping by! If you missed any of my other #CranberryWeek recipes, please scroll down and take a look!

I joined some blogging friends today for day 3 of #Cranberry Week. Find out what incredible cranberry recipes they made today!:

Welcome to Cranberry Week! 

This week we are celebrating all things cranberry! We have delicious recipes from across the country to celebrate all things cranberry!

#CranberryWeek is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise

Welcome to Cranberry Week! 

This week we are celebrating all things cranberry! We have delicious recipes from across the country to celebrate all things cranberry!

#CranberryWeek is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise




Don't miss these Cranberry Recipes from earlier this week:






wontons, cranberries, brie cheese,
dessert, snack
Yield: 12
Author: The Freshman Cook
Cranberry and Brie Wontons

Cranberry and Brie Wontons

These tasty wontons are a great addition to your holiday party platters! Easy to make, they are incredible tasting, and your guests and family will love them.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces fresh Cranberries
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup light brown sugar
  • a squeeze of fresh orange, 2-3 squeezes
  • 1 dozen uncooked Wonton Wrappers
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened

Instructions

  1. Place the cranberries in a medium pot on the stove. Heat on medium heat. Add both sugars, and the orange squeezes. Stir together. The sauce should start to thicken. Once it does, let sauce cool.
  2. Place your wonton at an angle. Add a slice of cream cheese, approx. 1/4" wide. Place 1-2 teaspoons of cooked cranberry on top of the cream cheese.
  3. To wrap the wontons up, use a small brush and wet the edges of wonton, all around the edges.
  4. Take the two opposite points and pull them together as shown above. The water will hold this together. Of course, the cranberries and brie will be inside.
  5. Pull one of the sides to the center and attach with water, as before.
  6. Pull other side into the wonton and use the water to attach it.
  7. Place the wontons in the air fryer and cook for 3-4 minutes. You may have to go longer, just check as they are cooking.
  8. Cook the wontons for approx. 3-4 minutes.
  9. Place the wontons on a serving plate, and before serving, grate some chocolate over the wontons. Also, lightly sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Cranberry Chutney / #CranberryWeek

Welcome to The Freshman Cook and my second recipe for Cranberry Week! Today I am sharing my Cranberry Chutney recipe. If you haven't had chutney, you may be wondering what it is.


Chutney is a dish that falls somewhere between  jam and a relish. It is made by slowly cooking the ingredients on the stovetop at a low temperature causing it to develop a dense texture.

Another great thing about chutney, other than its amazing taste, is the ability it has to meld the flavors together, over time. It tastes best if it is stored for a day or two before eating. So making it ahead of when you want to serve is a big plus when the holidays come around.


Cranberry Chutney

(feeds 12 )

(printable recipe at end of page)

1 cup Water

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 cup granulated Sugar

1/2 cup light brown Sugar

1- 12 ounce bag of Cranberries

1 cup fresh Orange, chopped

1/2 cup fresh Apple, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup golden Raisins

1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger



Using a medium saucepan on medium high heat, mix together the water, apple cider vinegar, and  white and brown sugar. Stir the ingredients and bring them to a simmer.

Peel, slice and then chop the orange pieces into small bites. Peel the apple, and chop into the same size pieces.


Add the cranberries, orange, apple, and raisins to the saucepan and stir together. Add the cloves, cinnamon and ginger, then stir until completely combined. Bring the chutney to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer the chutney over medium heat until the mix thickens, and the fruit has softened, approx. 10-15 minutes.


Pour the chutney into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the chutney cool before serving or refrigerating.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! For more fun and tasty recipes made with cranberry, check out this list to see what the #CranberryWeek group bloggers made to celebrate this week.


Welcome to Cranberry Week! 

This week we are celebrating all things cranberry! We have delicious recipes from across the country to celebrate all things cranberry!

#CranberryWeek is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise


Here is a printable recipe for you!:

    cranberry, chutney, cranberry week, holiday celebrations,
    dessert
    American
    Yield: 15-20
    Author: The Freshman Cook
    Cranberry Chutney

    Cranberry Chutney

    This homemade Cranberry Chutney makes the perfect party treat for a holiday party! So full of flavor, and easy to make! A great make ahead appetizer.

    Ingredients

    Cranberry Chutney
    • 1 cup Water
    • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1/2 cup granulated Sugar
    • 1/2 cup light brown Sugar
    • 1- 12 ounce bag of Cranberries
    • 1 cup fresh Orange, chopped
    • 1/2 cup fresh Apple, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 cup golden Raisins
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger

    Instructions

    Cranberry Chutney
    1. Using a medium saucepan on medium high heat, mix together the water, apple cider vinegar, and white and brown sugar. Stir the ingredients and bring them to a simmer.
    2. Peel, slice and then chop the orange pieces into small bites. Peel the apple, and chop into the same size pieces.
    3. Add the cranberries, orange, apple, and raisins to the saucepan and stir together. Add the cloves, cinnamon and ginger, then stir until completely combined. Bring the chutney to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer the chutney over medium heat until the mix thickens, and the fruit has softened, approx. 10-15 minutes.
    4. Pour the chutney into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the chutney cool before serving or refrigerating.
    Did you make this recipe?
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Monday, November 15, 2021

Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls / #Cranberry Week

 Welcome to #Cranberry Week!

I am so glad you are here!! This week I will be sharing three recipes with you, all of them containing cranberries in some way or another. I am joining a group of bloggers that are also sharing cranberry recipes. The week is for sharing inspiration and tasty ideas for a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

I created these Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls in the tradition of the dessert cake balls, but I really think they make amazing appetizers also. Instead of using icing to cover the cake balls, they are not covered at all, except for a few sprinkles. 

The batter can be made ahead of time, by 2-3 days, and refrigerated until you are ready to bake. I baked these muffins in an air fryer. It was quick and easy. Of course you can bake them in your oven, and I have included directions for both methods. 

Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls

(makes 20-25 cake balls)

(printable recipe at end of page)


3 cups all purpose Flour

1 cup Sugar

1 tbl. Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon baking Soda

2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel

1 beaten Egg

1 2/3 cup Milk

1/4 cup cooking Oil

1 cup chopped fresh cranberries

3/4 cup chopped Pecans

bag of white chocolate chips

small sticks to hold cake balls

Sprinkles



In a large mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, orange peel and baking soda. Make a well in the center of the bowl, and set aside. 

In a medium size bowl mix together the egg, milk and oil, the chopped pecans and chopped cranberries. Pour contents of the bowl into the dry ingredients.


Set your air fryer or oven temperature to 350 degrees. I made these in muffin cups because we are in the middle of moving at the moment, and they are what I had available. They worked perfectly, and they took 5-6 minutes to cook. If you are using an oven, they should take approx. 12 minutes. Let them cool completely.


Make all of the muffins. I like this recipe because if you need to stop before you are done baking, just put anything perishable in the fridge and everything else in a zip lock bag or a container to keep the muffins fresh. Come back to them when you can!


Place muffins in the zip lock bag until it is about half full. Close the bag. From the outside first, begin to crush the muffins into small pieces. As the muffins transform into small pieces, place the pieces into a large mixing bowl. Continue to crush the cake into the small pieces until all the pieces are crushed and in the plastic bag.


While you are crushing the muffins, heat a cup of the white chocolate chips, on low, until they are melted.



As the white chocolate melts and then cools, start to add a little at a
time to the crushed muffins in the bag. Integrate the white chocolate into the crushed muffins by squeezing on the outside of the bag to mix it all together. By adding a little at a time, you won't end up with a mushy cake ball. As you mix in the white chocolate you should see it disappear into the mix. You should also get a feel for how much more white chocolate you might need. You want the white chocolate to help form the ball. As you form the balls, the white chocolate should disappear into the ball itself. Refrigerate the balls if you need to stop until another time to finish these.


I wanted to add a bit of color to the pops, so I dipped the very bottom edge into a bowl of autumn nonpareils. I didn't want to dip the entire cake ball into frosting. The flavor of the cake is amazing and I was worried it would hide the flavor. This worked great. The nonpareils give a pop of flavor, but don't overshadow the incredible fresh flavor of the cake balls. Also, the nonpareils stuck to the cake balls with no frosting or anything to hold them on.


Thank you for stopping by today for day 1 of #CranberryWeek! I hope you are having fun checking out all the recipes. On Wednesday, stop by for a Cranberry Chutney recipe and on Friday, I will have a Cranberry and Brie Wonton recipe to share! YUM!


Scroll down for a printable recipe that makes this recipe easier to follow, and scroll down to find a list of all of my blogging friends that posted amazing cranberry recipes today! Have fun! 

Welcome to Cranberry Week! 

This week we are celebrating all things cranberry! We have delicious recipes from across the country to celebrate all things cranberry!

#CranberryWeek is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise

  •    Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls from The Freshman Cook
  •    Cranberry Moscow Mule from Art of Natural Living
  •    Orange Cranberry Muffins from Life Love and Good Food
  •    Cranberry Almond Granola from Family Around the Table
  •    Easy Classic Cranberry Sauce from Kate's Recipe Box
  • Here's a printable copy of the recipe! Enjoy it, and let me know what you think!

    cranberries, pecans, cake balls, white frosting, air fryer recipe, oven recipe, fall treats, appetizers, desserts, make ahead
    dessert or appetizer
    American
    Yield: 20-25 cake balls
    Author: The Freshman Cook
    Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls

    Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls

    These fun cake balls are perfect as an appetizer or a dessert. They can be made ahead of time, making the day of your event a little less stressful.

    Ingredients

    Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls
    • 3 cups all purpose Flour
    • 1 cup Sugar
    • 1 tbl. Baking Powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking Soda
    • 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
    • 1 beaten Egg
    • 1 2/3 cup Milk
    • 1/4 cup cooking Oil
    • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
    • 3/4 cup chopped Pecans
    • bag of white chocolate chips
    • small sticks to hold cake balls
    • Sprinkles

    Instructions

    1. In a large mixing bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, orange peel, baking soda. Make a well in the center of the bowl, and set aside. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
    2. In a medium size bowl mix together the egg, milk and oil, the chopped pecans and chopped cranberries. Pour contents of the bowl into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
    3. Set your air fryer or oven temperature to 350 degrees. I made these in muffin cups because we are in the middle of moving at the moment, and they are what I had available. They worked perfectly, and they took 5-6 minutes to cook. If you are using an oven, they should take approx. 12 minutes. Let them cool completely.
    4. Make all of the muffins. This recipe is great, because if you need to stop before you are done baking, just put anything perishable in the fridge and everything else in a zip lock bag or a container that will keep the muffins fresh. Come back to them when you can!
    5. Place muffins in the zip lock bag until it is about half full. Close the bag. From the outside first, begin to crush the muffins into small pieces. As the muffins transform into small pieces, place the pieces into a large mixing bowl. Continue to crush the cake into the small pieces until all the pieces are crushed and in the plastic bag.
    6. While you are crushing the muffins, heat some of the white chocolate chips, on low, until they start to melt and then mix them together.
    7. As the white chocolate melts and then cools, start to add a little at a time to the crushed muffins in the bag. Integrate the white chocolate into the crushed muffins by squeezing on the outside of the bag to mix it all together. By adding a little at a time, you won't end up with a mushy cake ball. As you mix in the white chocolate you should see it disappear into the mix. You should also get a feel for how much more white chocolate you might need. You want the white chocolate to help form the ball. It should disappear into the ball itself. Refrigerate the balls if you need to stop until another time to finish these.
    8. I wanted to add a bit of color to the pops, so I dipped the very bottom edge into a bowl of autumn nonpareils. I didn't want to dip the entire cake ball into frosting. The flavor of the cake is amazing and I was worried it would hide the flavor. This worked great. The nonpareils give a pop of flavor, but don't overshadow the incredible fresh flavor of the cake balls. Also, the nonpareils stuck to the cake balls with no frosting or anything to hold them on.
    Did you make this recipe?
    Tag @thefreshmancook on instagram and hashtag it #Cranberry Pecan Cake Balls

















     












      




    Saturday, October 23, 2021

    Grilled Pork Tenderloin Chili

     If you are a chili lover, you will love Grilled Pork Tenderloin Chili. It is easy to make and full of incredible flavor!

    The pork is grilled to add an additional flavor to the chili, and it does! You will find this chili easy to put together. It can be made ahead of time, and heated before serving if you are serving it at a party or get together.

    Your family and friends will love this easy to make chili!


    Grilled Pork Tenderloin Chili
    (recipes feeds 6-8 bowls)
    (printable recipe at end of page)

    2 tablespoons Butter 
    medium sized Onion, chopped into small pieces
    sprinkles of Garlic Powder
    sprinkles of Black Pepper
    6 ounce can T0mat0 Paste
    6 ounces Water
    15 1/2 ounce can Tomato Sauce
    16 ounce can Chili Beans
    2 pounds Pork Tenderloin
    sprinkles of Garlic Powder
    sprinkles of Black Pepper
    8 oz. Water
    Shredded Cheese
    Dollop of Sour Cream
    Couple pieces of Fresh Cilantro




    Add 2 tablespoon of butter to melt. Add the chopped onions, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix together.

    Add the tomato paste, water, tomato sauce, and beans. Stir together and let the sauce simmer on low.

    While the sauce is heating, sprinkle the tenderloins with garlic powder and pepper. Cook on the grill, turning every 2-4 minutes until the pork is done cooking, which should take about 20 minutes.  The pork should be cooked until it reaches 145 degrees. After taking the pork off the heat, let it sit for 3 minutes before cutting it for the chili. That way you will have pork at its best~juicy and tender.

    Once the pork has rested, start slicing.
     You will be cutting the pork into chunks.

    Cut the slices into strips, then cut the strips into chunks.

    Add the pork to the chili sauce and mix together. The sauce will thicken as it is cooking. Add 8 ounces of water to thin it a bit.

    Fill your bowl with chili. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Add a dollop of sour cream and a piece or two of cilantro. Enjoy your Grilled Pork Tenderloin Chili.

    Today I am joining a group of fellow bloggers that are also sharing chili recipes, so as a bona fide chili lover, check out the list of amazing recipes below!


    Welcome to our 2021 Chili Cook-Off! 

      October is Chili Cook-Off Month! We have delicious recipes from across the country to get your chili making to the next level of deliciousness!

    #ChiliCookOff is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise





    Here is your printable recipe:
           pork tenderloin, chili, onions, tomato paste, tomato sauce, cheese, sour cream, dinner, lunch,
       party food, game day food
      American
      Yield: 8-10
      Author: The Freshman Cook
      Grilled Pork Tenderloin Chili

      Grilled Pork Tenderloin Chili

      This homemade chili is a great way to feed a crowd, and is a tasty meal for lunch, dinner, or an after school snack. Easy to put together, grilling the pork loins give the chili a tasty flavor.

      Ingredients

      • 2 tablespoons Butter
      • medium sized Onion, chopped into small pieces
      • sprinkles of Garlic Powder
      • sprinkles of Black Pepper
      • 6 ounce can T0mat0 Paste
      • 6 ounces Water
      • 15 1/2 ounce can Tomato Sauce
      • 16 ounce can Chili Beans
      • 2 pounds Pork Tenderloin
      • sprinkles of Garlic Powder
      • sprinkles of Black Pepper
      • 8 oz. Water
      • Shredded Cheese
      • Dollop of Sour Cream
      • Couple pieces of Fresh Cilantro

      Instructions

      1. Add 2 tablespoon of butter to melt. Add the chopped onions, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix together.
      2. Add the tomato paste, water, tomato sauce, and beans. Stir together and let the sauce simmer on low.
      3. While the sauce is heating, sprinkle the tenderloins with garlic powder and pepper. Cook on the grill, turning every 2-4 minutes until the pork is done cooking, which should take about 20 minutes. The pork should be cooked until it reaches 145 degrees. After taking the pork off the heat, let it sit for 3 minutes before cutting it for the chili. That way you will have pork at its best~juicy and tender.
      4. Once the pork has rested, start slicing. You will be cutting the pork into chunks.
      5. Cut the slices into strips, then cut the strips into chunks.
      6. Add the pork to the chili sauce and mix together. The sauce will thicken as it is cooking. Add 8 ounces of water to thin it a bit.
      7. Fill your bowl with chili. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Add a dollop of sour cream and a piece or two of cilantro. Enjoy your Grilled Pork Tenderloin Chili.

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