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MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Mar 8, 2016) - (Family Features) Vegetable casseroles and carrot cake have been Easter menu mainstays for decades, but with the majority of millennials now hosting holiday family gatherings, retro dishes are getting a flavorful facelift with new ingredients and flavor twists.
Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens offers these tips to put a new spin on Easter favorites:
|Carrot Cake Swirled Cream Cheese Bars|
|Prep time: 15 minutes|
|Cook time: 40 minutes|
|1||cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided|
|2||cups sugar, divided|
|1 1/2||teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon|
|1||teaspoon baking soda|
|1/2||teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg|
|2/3||cup vegetable oil|
|2||teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract|
|1 1/2||cups finely grated carrots|
|3||packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened|
|1||teaspoon McCormick Pure Lemon Extract|
Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix 1 cup each of flour and sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Add oil, 2 eggs, vanilla extract and carrots; mix well. Spread 1/2 of the batter into greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan. Reserve remaining batter. Set aside.
Beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in another large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add milk, remaining 2 tablespoons flour and lemon extract; beat until well blended. Add remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended.
Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture and reserved carrot cake batter, alternately, over carrot cake batter in pan. Cut through several times with knife for marble effect.
Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.
|Apricot Pineapple Chipotle Glazed Ham|
|Prep time: 10 minutes|
|Cook time: 1 hour, 45 minutes|
|1||bone-in spiral-cut ham, about 10 pounds|
|1||cup apricot jam|
|1/2||cup pineapple juice|
|3/4||teaspoon McCormick Chipotle Chili Pepper|
|1/2||teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder|
Preheat oven to 325°F. Place ham on its side in roasting pan. Mix apricot jam, pineapple juice, chipotle chili pepper and garlic powder in small bowl until well blended. Brush 1/2 of the jam mixture over ham, gently separating slices so mixture can reach middle of ham. Cover loosely with foil.
Bake 1 hour, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Remove foil. Brush with remaining jam mixture. Bake 45 minutes longer. Serve ham with pan drippings.
|Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Tater-Topped Casserole|
|Prep time: 20 minutes|
|Cook time: 55 minutes|
|1||package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed|
|1||package (16 ounces) frozen cauliflower florets, thawed|
|1||cup chopped onion|
|1||teaspoon McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning|
|1||teaspoon McCormick Garlic Salt|
|1/4||teaspoon McCormick Coarse Ground Black Pepper|
|1 1/4||cups milk|
|4||ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, cubed|
|1/4||cup grated Parmesan cheese|
|2||cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese|
|1||pound frozen fried potato tots|
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut up any large broccoli or cauliflower florets into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour, Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Add milk; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add cream cheese and Parmesan cheese; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Add vegetables; toss gently to coat. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with Cheddar cheese and top with potato tots.
Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until heated through and potato tots are golden brown and crispy.
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