Contributed by: NAPSA
With the right mix of creativity and modern conveniences though, you can save time for the more involved dishes by utilizing timesaving tips and simple recipes on must-have dishes such as mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
"With the chaos of the holidays, families have less time to create elaborate meals. But we still want to feel that we're doing something special," says Jenny Harper, director of recipe development for Carnation Evaporated Milk. "A remarkable meal can be accomplished with easy recipes that demonstrate your love for your family."
For example, you can save time spent to cook and mash potatoes by using instant mashed potatoes. Just add evaporated milk instead of water or regular milk and your mashed potatoes will have a rich and creamy, homemade taste. Even recipes such as pumpkin pie are easy to make. Just mix, pour and bake! There's nothing better than the smell of a freshly baked pie that fills your home with holiday scents. Best of all, without the extra time spent on these must-have dishes, you'll be able to spend more time on the stuffing for the turkey.
Here are some other timesaving tips that are sure to make the homemade holiday meal easier.
Here are two recipe ideas that will impress your holiday guests with easy, homemade flavor.
Libby's Homemade Pumpkin Pie
MIX sugar, salt and spice in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
POUR into pie shell.
BAKE in preheated 425 F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream.
Makes 8 Servings
Sweet Potato And Pineapple Puree
MELT butter on medium low heat in large saucepan; remove from heat. Add sweet potatoes; mash with a fork or spoon. Add evaporated milk. Reserve 2 tablespoons pineapple for garnish. Stir remaining pineapple, sugar and cinnamon into sweet potato mixture.
Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until part of liquid evaporates. Serve warm. Garnish with reserved pineapple and mint leaves, if desired.
Prep time: 1 hour - Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Makes 8 Servings
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