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12/02/2014 02:32AM ● Published by Family Features

Sharing family recipes is a treasured holiday tradition for many, but every holiday table needs a mix of cherished family dishes and new culinary creations.

This year, honor those special memories and reminisce over platters of family favorites while introducing new and delicious items to your holiday spread. From juicy pork tenderloin to nutty and tart pound cake, these delightful dishes are sure to bring joy to your dinner table this season.

Whether your kitchen contribution is a family recipe or a new dish to introduce to your relatives, it all begins with a kitchen that is well-stocked with essentials such as salt, pepper and other pantry staples. With a wide variety of products, including olive oils, vinegars, cooking wines and cooking sprays, Pompeian has all of the basics you need for any holiday dish. Pompeian is also the first and only extra virgin olive oil to carry the new USDA Quality Monitored seal — ensuring you’re using only the best quality ingredients to feed your family and friends.

To celebrate the season and honor these special family dishes, Pompeian is helping consumers immortalize their favorite family recipes. Visit Facebook.com/Pompeian to design a custom bottle of extra virgin olive oil special enough to gift to a loved one or to keep for your own holiday table.

For product and nutritional information or to view more holiday recipes, visit Pompeian.com.

Cranberry Walnut Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Pompeian Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries, finely chopped

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously coat Bundt pan with olive oil.
  2. In small bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In large bowl, beat eggs with handheld mixer until light and slightly increased in volume. Add sugar slowly while continuing to beat. Mixture will become light and fluffy. Add olive oil and vanilla extract and beat another 2 minutes.
  4. Alternately add dry ingredients and sour cream to batter, beating between additions. Gently fold in chopped nuts and cranberries.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 60–65 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then invert pan onto rack to remove and cool completely.

Broccoli Gratin with Crunchy Herb Topping

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • Sea or kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Pompeian Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons breadcrumbs

Preparation

  1. Bring large pot of water to rapid boil. Add broccoli and salt to taste. Blanch for 3 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water and drain again. Pat dry with paper towels and transfer to bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Oil small gratin pan.
  3. For sauce, heat extra light tasting olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender. Add flour and stir until foamy. Pour in milk and cook, stirring continuously until mixture comes to boil and thickens. Stir in Parmesan cheese and parsley and cook until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Coat broccoli evenly with sauce. Transfer broccoli to gratin pan.
  4. For topping, heat extra virgin olive oil in nonstick skillet. Add garlic and thyme and cook until garlic is golden. Add breadcrumbs and toss until lightly browned. Sprinkle topping over baking dish and bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.

Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, oregano or marjoram
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pork tenderloins (10–12 ounces each)
  • 2 red, yellow or green bell peppers, cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling

Preparation

  1. To prepare marinade, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and herbs in bowl. Whisk until blended; add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Place 2 pork tenderloins in large sealable plastic bag. Pour in half marinade and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight, turning bag occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  4. Pour remaining marinade over peppers, onions and eggplant and toss. Arrange vegetables in large oiled roasting pan. Roast in preheated oven 15 minutes.
  5. In meantime, heat large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove pork from marinade. Add to skillet and brown on all sides.
  6. Transfer pork to pan of roasted vegetables. Return to oven for 20–25 minutes or until pork registers 155°F on meat thermometer. Slice pork and serve with roasted vegetables. Drizzle olive oil over finished dish.

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