Last Minute Entertaiing 2022


Last Minute Holiday Entertaining with Chef Jamie Gwen (Sponsored)

What are your go-to recipes perfect for any holiday gathering?

I’m elevating the traditional cheese board with a mix of everyone’s favorite olives. I’ve included Kalamatas and gourmet olives stuffed with garlic or blue cheese from the Musco Family Olive Company. The Mediterranean-imported Pearls Specialties are firm, flavorful, hand-picked and hand-stuffed with premium ingredients. Olives are perfect for any holiday and an easy addition that makes meals, snacks and entertaining even better. People who love olives, love and trust Pearls. Just look for the sunny yellow packaging. Click here to learn more.

The more cheese the merrier whether on a charcuterie board or in your favorite dessert - like this eggnog cheesecake I made using Wisconsin Cheese. Wisconsin, the State of Cheese, wins more awards for cheese than anywhere else on earth. Get your cheeseboard skills ready and enter the Cheeseboard contest now through December 16th for a chance to win several prizes including a year of Wisconsin Cheese! Click here to learn more. Click here for the delicious eggnog cheesecake recipe!

How can we make sure everyone gets enough to eat and we’re not stuck with a lot of leftovers?

Whether you are cooking for a large group or just a small gathering, I like to use ham in my holiday recipes. Kentucky Legend is the nation’s number one natural juice ham, double smoked for delicious flavor and ready to just heat and eat. I like that they have a variety of sizes and flavors for your entertaining needs. Add my dulce de leche and apple cider glaze to the full size ham to give you a sweet caramelization. Scroll down for the full recipe! Or try a half ham in your favorite dish or appetizer. Click here to learn more.

What are some ways we can heighten our guests’ enjoyment of the food?

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For your holiday feast…this recipe is a winner! Dulce de Leche, the Latin

dessert sauce made by boiling milk until it's caramelized, creates a sweet

and tangy glaze and the sweet/salty flavor combination is out of this world.

1/2 cup Dulce de Leche

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 cups apple cider

One 8-pound Kentucky Legend Whole Ham

2 Honeycrisp apples, cored and thinly sliced

1 large sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a small bowl, whisk the Dulce de Leche together with the two mustards,

the garlic and the cayenne. Whisk in 1/4 cup of the apple cider.

Score the exterior of the ham, about 1/8-inch deep, in a diamond pattern. Spread the apple and onion slices onto the bottom of a large roasting pan.

Set the ham on top and add 1 cup of the apple cider to the pan. Cover the roasting pan with foil and roast the ham for 1 hour.

Remove the foil and brush the ham with all but 1/4 cup of the Dulce de Leche glaze. Roast the ham for 45 minutes longer, or until nicely glazed all over. Transfer the ham to a cutting board and let the ham rest for 15 minutes.

Pour the pan drippings into a small saucepan and skim off as much of the fat as possible. Set the roasting pan on top of the stove over medium heat, preferably over two burners. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of apple cider and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the deglazed liquid into the saucepan with the pan drippings. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of Dulce de Leche glaze and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Serve the ham with the glaze.

Serves 8 to 10

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