Holidays on Ease: Quick, Savory Holiday Recipes from Southern Candymakers Make Entertaining Stress Free

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New Orleans’ own Southern Candymakers, a company consistently recognized for their excellent, top-quality pralines and hand-made candies, took holiday baking and cooking to levels of extreme ease when they created a few quick holiday recipes.

The Best Pralines in the South

Southern Candymakers - New Orleans, LA

New Orleans’ own Southern Candymakers, a company consistently recognized for their excellent, top-quality pralines and hand-made candies, took holiday baking and cooking to levels of extreme ease when they created a few quick holiday recipes using products readily pulled from the shelves in their French Quarter stores, through Rouses supermarkets throughout south Louisiana or at southerncandymakers.com. Targeted at the laziest of cooks, their Quick Pecan Crust for Any Pie, Baked Brie with Praline Glaze, Candymakers’ Special Green Salad with Ginger Dressing, and Quick Glazed Holiday Ham are all Southern holiday winners requiring close to zero time and effort.

Southern Candymakers’ Baked Brie with Praline Glaze (Serves 10 to 12 as an appetizer)

  •     1/2 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  •     1 (8 ounce) round Brie cheese
  •     1/2 cup Southern Candymakers Praline Pecan Sauce

Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Roll puff pastry out slightly and place Brie on top (leave rind on). Top Brie with Praline Pecan Sauce and bundle puff pastry up and around the cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve with French bread rounds or crackers.

Candymakers Special Green Salad with Ginger Dressing (Serves 6 to 8)

Salad

  •     1 large bag pre-washed mesclun salad greens
  •     segments from 3 Louisiana satsumas
  •     1 cup Southern Candymaker’s Glazed Pecan pieces

Ginger Dressing

  •     1/2 cup shredded carrots
  •     1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  •     1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •     1 1/2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

Whisk together all dressing ingredients. In a large bowl toss greens, pecans and satsumas. Add dressing and toss to coat.

Pecan-Glazed Ham (Serves 10 to 12)

  •     1 (5 pound) ready-to-eat ham
  •     10 whole cloves
  •     1 10-ounce jar Southern Candymaker's Praline Sauce
  •     2/3 cup butter    

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Score ham in a diagonal pattern and stud with the whole cloves. Place ham in a foil-lined pan. Set aside.
In the top half of a double boiler, melt together the praline sauce and butter. Keep sauce warm. Brush glaze over ham, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. As the ham cooks baste every 15 minutes with the glaze. During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, increase heat to broil and cook the ham caramelize the glaze. Allow to rest before carving.

Quick Pecan Crust for Any Pie (Makes 1 9-inch pie crust)

  •     2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  •     1 cup chopped Southern Candymakers Glazed Pecans
  •     1 cup melted butter

Mix all ingredients and press into pie pan. Bake according to directions for the pie filling of choice.

Founded in 1992 by Pete Tompkins and Chuck Williams, Southern Candymakers crafts all delicacies, including pralines, to order. Bon Appetite magazine named Southern Candymakers a “Not to Miss” destination when visiting New Orleans, saying we “Make the Best Pralines.” From the very beginning we have been showered with the high praises of our customers' ooh's and aah's followed by comments like "this is the best I have ever tasted," or "these are even better than my mama's!” The judges at the Atlanta Gourmet Show agreed and gave our Creamy Pralines the Best Candy Award. Southern Candymakers products are now available in Rouses supermarkets throughout Louisiana.

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