For most of the year, meals come and meals go; you hardly notice. Some, you eat in front of the TV. Others you wolf down on your way out the door—and if you’re lucky, you find a restaurant or two that is worth going back to.
But in December, meals matter. Meals are memorable. Friends and family are literally gathered ’round. And that’s why we at Sprouts are so focused on the center of the table.
Herein we offer five terrific ideas for the centerpiece of your holiday meal—all of which will earn you oohs and aahs, and none of which will break the bank.
1. Fresh, Natural Turkey
The turkey “balls” you buy at most conventional supermarkets may have been in the deep freeze for a year or more; that’s why they give them away so readily at this time of year! But Sprouts natural turkeys are raised with a commitment to care and quality. No preservatives or artificial ingredients. They are moist, tender and remarkably flavorful.
2. Crown Pork Loin Roast
Nothing looks quite as dramatic on your table as a crown roast. Our butchers start with natural pork and use a French trimming process to make everything easy for you. All you need to do is add some garnish and maybe a little apple stuffing.
NOTE: this is a specialty item that you must pre-order at the Sprouts meat counter.
3. Grandma Ethel’s Vegetable Kishke
On the other end of the elegance spectrum, but no less delicious! This is an old-world, do-it-yourself vegetarian recipe that takes advantage of some of Sprouts’ farm-fresh produce, and is incredibly easy to make. It’s also great hot or cold.
8 oz. Saltine or other crackers, crushed
2 Celery stalks
1 lg. Onion
2 lg. Carrots
1/2 cup White or crimini mushrooms
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Butter
- Slice all vegetables with a food processor. Sauté in butter for 5 minutes; combine with mayo and crackers; beat in egg.
- Shape into rolls, seal in aluminum foil.
- Bake at 350°F for one hour.
4. Spiral Sliced Bone-in-Ham
Our water-cured hams are perfectly spiced and perfectly priced—so much better than the regular supermarket hams. Our butchers will even give you tips to ensure that your ham stays moist and juicy.
5. USDA Choice All-Natural Beef Rib Roast
Aromatic, succulent and just downright special. Sprouts butchers trim and tie the roast using a special technique we call the “Presidential Cut.” Our everyday price on the rib roast beats most other stores hands-down, even though we use USDA Choice all-natural beef while other stores use inferior grades; but for the holidays, we’ll have an especially great deal.