The longest night of the year is here and we’re all about the foods to get us through the dark night. All we want to do is cozy up to some baked pasta, or roast pork in herbs and citrus. Soup is another winter dinner option, just the thing to take the chill out of your bones. No matter which one you choose, we can guarantee you’re well on your way to a warmer night.
Butternut Baked Squash Pasta, Porchetta Spiced Pulled Pork, and Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings
As soon as that calendar page turns to cold weather, we’re baking pasta. The wind may be blowing, but a deep dish of pasta tossed with this creamy sauce will (almost) help you forget the cold. Add a crunch of deep toasted nuts and you’re in for a winter dinner treat.
- Buy pre-cubed squash at the market and spare yourself a wrestle with a squash.
- Betsy tossed her nuts in oil; Kate did not. Either way was delicious.
- Make sure to stop cooking the pasta well before al dente. The baking will soften up the pasta even more.
Pulled pork feels like a summer dish to us- something to pile on a bun and eat with a slice of watermelon. This recipe turns that on its head with warm and citrus porchetta spices- without all the work of making a pork roast. Turn on your Instant Pot or slow cooker for a recipe that makes your kitchen smell fabulous without a ton of hands on work.
- Add 15-20 minutes of time if your roast is over four pounds, you want to have fall apart pork goodness.
- We served this with leftover Butternut Squash Baked Pasta and tossed with squash gnocchi. Delicious. But you could also pile this on a hard roll with some provolone or toss with your favorite noodles.
- This will freeze beautifully.
Warm up with a bowl of chicken and dumplings from Joy the Baker, whose recipe adds a little something extra to the mix. Pumpkin in the dumplings makes for a gorgeous color, a little flavor, and some extra needed goodness this time of year. A fitting winter dinner.
- A chicken storage mishap meant Kate made this with ground turkey instead of chicken thighs. It was a success! If you’re interested, just brown the turkey with the vegetables and go from there.
- Kate halved this recipe successfully but wishes she didn’t. It was that good!
- We didn’t notice too much pumpkin flavor in the dumplings but thought it was a nice addition. Use of that last bit of pumpkin in the can from pie making.
From the Smorgasbord:
Tips for roll-out sugar cookies:
- Make your dough and instead of chilling as a ball of dough, roll it out. Then chill in the fridge. Saves time and headache from rolling the dough from cold.
- Try Smitten Kitchen’s Unfussy Sugar Cookies. No chilling, no cookie cutter, no fuss! We’re intrigued. (Let us know if you make them…)
We couldn’t get a good stollen recipe out of our mom...we tried…But! Try this recipe for Mashed Potato Cinnamon Rolls for light, fluffy, soft for more than a day treats.