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A Twist on Tradition with Two Holiday Recipes!

favorite holiday recipes

It’s time to shake up the holiday season with these fun twists on traditions with my favorite holiday recipes! 

This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This year’s weather has made for an, ahem, interesting year for farmers and ranchers, to say the least. After talking with many of you across the country, I discovered many of us may be spending our season in an untraditional way.

Yes, some of us may still be harvesting crops, tending to field work or playing catch up from all that Mother Nature threw our way.

I’m here to make sure we all celebrate in style! 

I’ve got you covered with some delicious holiday eats you’ll enjoy no matter where you’re celebrating! 

I headed to our local WalMart for some food inspiration because we all know – Walmart has everything we could possibly need!

First stop – the spice aisle. I’m looking for the quintessential holiday spice – McCormick® Sage.

Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo

Let’s kick things off with these Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo. 

A laid back approach to turkey doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice flavor. In fact, you’ll enjoy this savory recipe all the way into the new year!

Juicy, healthy turkey is blended with a mixture of spices – specifically salt, pepper and sage –  for a delicious handheld holiday sandwich. These are perfect for a field meal or a holiday get-together. 

A 16 ounce package of ground turkey makes four burgers. Simply mix gently with your hands and then divide into fourths. 

Cook in a cast iron or nonstick skillet until the edges begin to cook through. Turn over and cook for several more minutes until the turkey reaches a temperature of 165 degrees. 

Dress some Hawaiian buns with salad greens for a festive holiday touch. Homemade cranberry mayo adds to this handheld holiday treat the entire family will enjoy!

Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 556kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick® Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp McCormick® Ground Sage
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (for cooking time)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (for serving time)
  • 1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce (for serving time)
  • 1 cup spring mix (for serving time)
  • 6 burger buns (for serving time)

Instructions

TO MAKE FRESH

  • In a bowl, combine ground turkey, salt, pepper and McCormick® ground sage. Using hands gently combine ingredients, forming into 5-6 burgers
  • Heat grill or skillet over medium high heat. Add turkey burgers and cook for 3-5 minutes on eat side or until cooked through at a internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • In the meantime, combine mayonnaise and cranberry sauce. Whisk together to make a spread. Serve burgers with cranberry mayo and spring greens on buns.

TO MAKE AS A FREEZER MEAL

  • Prepare a gallon sized freezer bag by labeling. In a bowl, combine ground turkey, salt and pepper and McCormick® Ground Sage. Using hands gently combine ingredients, forming into 5-6 burgers.

TO COOK FROM A FREEZER MEAL

  • Thaw. Follow cooking instructions as outlined above.

Nutrition

Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 826mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg

Next up, I’m headed down aisle 16 to pick up McCormick® Cinnamon Sticks, whole cloves and pumpkin pie spice.

Another quick stop by the produce aisle to grab apple cider and oranges and I’m ready to go home.

Mulled Apple Cider

We’ve got some Mulled Apple Cider that you can slow cook so it’s ready when you are! If smellovision was a thing, you’d be in heaven, friends!

One of the best things about this delicious recipe is the warm and wonderful aroma that fills every inch of your home when you make it. It’s an awesome toasty beverage to welcome your family home after a long day, or to create a cozy vibe on a winter weekend afternoon. 

The scent of crisp apple cider, fresh citrus, cinnamon, clove and pumpkin spice are sure to please even the pickiest of palettes. 

At your next holiday gathering  or get-together, have a batch of this quietly simmering in the background and I promise, your guests will thank you!! 

It’s so easy to make and is an excellent way to welcome guests invited into your home this holiday season.

Mulled Apple Cider

One of the best things about this delicious recipe is the warm and wonderful aroma that fills every inch of your home when you make it. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 174kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ gallon fresh apple cider
  • 1 medium orange sliced
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 McCormick® Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 10-15 McCormick® Whole Cloves
  • 2 tsp McCormick® Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp McCormick® Apple Pie Spice
  • Optional garnish: 
Fresh orange slices
whole cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7. When finished, remove and discard cinnamon sticks and cooked orange slices.
  • Ladle warm cider into large mugs and serve with additional orange slices and fresh cinnamon sticks, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg

Remember to visit your local Walmart store to find these and other McCormick® spices for all your holiday cooking and baking!

No matter where you’re celebrating the holiday season, I’m wishing you warmth in your heart and heat in your kitchen with these favorite holiday recipes!

Made with love,
Deanne

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