The secret to preparing these candied soldados, or soldiers, so that the bacon is crisp rather than chewy is to slow-roast the bacon in a low oven for up to an hour. Be patient; the result is worth the wait! At our house we ration out the bacon equally to each family member before digging into the eggs to avoid any arguments. Keep this dish in mind as a starter, snack, or even for lunch alongside mixed salad greens. On their own, the candied-bacon soldados make a great hors d’oeuvre. Click here for recipe.
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This recipe is adapted from Food and Wine and is a super easy, hands off recipe for a no-fuss Christmas dinner. Takes 5 minutes to prep, and the rest of the magic happens hands-free in the oven.
- ½ cup dulce de leche
- 6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 1 large shallot, finely diced
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
- One 10-pound bone-in smoked ham
Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small bowl, whisk the dulce de leche with the two mustards, and the shallot and cayenne. Whisk in the white wine.
Trim the skin off the ham, leaving a ¼-inch-thick layer of fat. Score the fat in a shallow cross-hatch pattern. Set the ham in a large roasting pan and brush generously with the dulce de leche glaze, allowing the remainder to fall to the bottom of the pan. Cover the roasting pan with foil and roast the ham for 1¼ hours.
Remove the foil and parchment. Glaze the ham for a second time with the pan drippings. Roast the ham for 1 hour longer, or until nicely glazed all over. Transfer the ham to a cutting board and let rest for at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, pour the pan drippings into a small saucepan and skim off as much of the fat as possible. Set the roasting pan over 2 burners. Add the chicken stock and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom and side of the pan. Pour the deglazed liquid into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Transfer the gravy to a warmed gravy boat. Thinly slice the ham and serve with the gravy.
Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? They are so easy to make and their smell alone while baking can lighten the mood in any household. I pack these cookies with oatmeal; it creates a much heartier cookie that holds up well when dipped in a glass of cold milk. You won’t be able to eat just one!
Makes 2 dozen large cookies; Prep time: Active: 45 MIN.; TOTAL: 1 hour
10 ounces 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup unsalted butter, softened (two sticks)
3/4 cup original dulce de leche
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats, uncooked
Preheat oven to 375°. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with dulce de leche and brown sugar at medium speed until mixture is creamy, light in color and has a fluffy, airy texture. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Drop tablespoon-sized amounts onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on wire racks.
This cool drink will be a show stopper at your next dinner party. It is the perfect after-dinner drink to sip; just make sure to use decaf espresso or your favorite coffee flavor. It’s also a great way to put a leftover pot of coffee to good use. Instead of pouring it down the drain, grab an empty ice cube tray and create your own DIY coffee ice cubes. As the coffee melts, it creates a luscious layered drink that is a feast for the eyes and palette. The drink will become sweeter as the coffee continues to mix with the liqueur.
7 shots freshly brewed espresso, or coffee roast of your choice
3.5 ounces La Dorita dulce de leche liqueur
Orange peel, for garnish
Honey tea lollipop spoons (optional)
Brew coffee (we prefer espresso because the bitter roast provides quite a contrast to the sweetness of the liqueur) and set aside to cool. Pour into a mini-cubette ice tray and freeze overnight. Place half of the tray of coffee cubes into a tumbler and pour La Dorita on top. Garnish with orange peel and a honey teaspoon, to further offset the bitterness of the espresso cubes.
Argentina and Germany faced off in the 2014 World Cup final in Río de Janeiro. In honor of the clash of these two giants, we created this refreshing and patriotic cocktail. It’s fashioned after the Argentine flag and named after Argentina’s national captain, Lionel Messi—also known as La Pulga, or, “the little flea that could.” Dulce de leche made headlines in worldwide newspapers at the opening of the games due to Brazilian officials confiscating almost 90 pounds of it from Uruguay’s national soccer team as it arrived in Brazil. Why, you might ask, would a Uruguayan soccer team travel with their own dulce de leche? It’s an everyday flavor they rely on. In the end, Germany won in overtime 1:0, but Argentina gave them quite a fight!
2.5 ounces La Dorita dulce de leche liqueur
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces Blue Curacao
1 ounce whipping cream
Combine 1.5 ounces of liqueur, vodka and Blue Curacao in a shaker with ice; shake well and strain into a martini glass. Remove ice. n the same shaker, combine the remaining liqueur and whipping cream, and shake well until it becomes creamy. Layer on top. Garnish with a fresh lemon zest spiral.
Franktuary, a unique hotdog shop in Pittsburgh that focuses on local libations, features this signature drink for Sunday brunch. It is a refreshing way to start a lazy Sunday, and goes great with their smoked salmon hotdogs. ¡Bravo!
1 ounce La Dorita dulce de leche liqueur
1 ounce espresso
1 ounce Banana Infused Jameson
Nutmeg, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve cold. Garnish with nutmeg.