The Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society was recently invited, by Four Roses Bourbon®, to take part in a holiday recipe challenge. Could the AFBS members use Four Roses Bourbon® to take a holiday – sweet or savory – dish to a new level of deliciousness? We think these creative food bloggers exceeded expectations.
To inspire your holiday menu we’ve put together a Recipe Roundup of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society posts. Enjoy … they are for sure Divalicious!
Savory-Sweet-Drinks-Gift Ideas Recipes Inspired By Four Roses Bourbon®
Savory Bourbon Inspired Recipes
Melissa Pelkey-Hass created a luscious scallop dish that combines candied bacon, mix pecans, brown sugar and Four Roses Bourbon. Bourbon Cream Scallops – Front Porch Gourmet. Photo credit: The Front Porch Gourmet
Chef Nancy Waldeck wanted her dish to be both delicious and healthy. Her stuffed mushroom side dish that includes sweet potato and quinoa is a great start to your holiday meal. Bourbon Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms – Taste & Savor
For Lia Picard this was an opportunity to develop a new savory dish. Her Bourbon Spiked Corn Pudding – The Cardigan Kitchen looks like the perfect holiday comfort food.
NEW: Spike your Thanksgiving w/ some @4RosesBourbon and make this corn pudding w candied jalapenos. https://t.co/SbUQSBz0xM @AtlFBS
— Lia P (@LiaPicard) November 2, 2015
Teresa took a tried & true and kicked it up a notch! There were no lefts for her ‘new’ Bourbon Honey Baked Salmon – Red Velvet Confections !
There is no better way to enjoy friends and family during the holidays, than with a lazy brunch. Minjenah takes a favorite of many to the nth yummy degree with Bourbon Banana French Toast with Bourbon Maple Syrup – Beef & Chocolate. Photo credit: Beef and Chocolate
Randy & Melanie, the husband and wife duo of the Atlanta Food Critic went waaay over the top with Six (!) recipes. They take us from breakfast with eggs with a bourdon kick to Bourbon El Dragon Verde; Bourbon Baked Beans with Beef (the secret ingredient that was missing from family recipe was… you guessed it bourdon!); Two BBQ Baked Chicken recipes and a delightfully fresh Chicken Spinach Salad. Check the all out – At Home with Four Roses Bourbon – Atlanta Food Critic
Brian Kavanagh of the Ultimate Caveman, sends brussels sprouts over the edge and back again with the addition of a bourbon glaze with bacon – Bourbon Bacon Brussel Sprouts .
“But the best part about traditions is that you make them your own. New traditions can be just as special as old ones.” – Kitchen Man Can
For his holiday dish Kitchen Man Can experimented with a new mushroom dish. It could be a new tradition to your meal! –Thanksgiving is always better with Bourbon
Sweet Bourbon Inspired Recipes
When Linda Carmical, founder of Do.Food.Better, added a splash or 2 of bourdon to her Pecan Pie she found it made the flavors richer. What’s not to love with this dessert? Pecan Pie and Four Roses Bourbon® Holidayn
Pecan Pie and Four Roses Bourbon® Holiday https://t.co/3l46dER9aG pic.twitter.com/ZG1Yza8NHY
— Do.Food.Better. (@DoFoodBetter) November 3, 2015
Who knew bread pudding could be even more delicious? Jehan recreated her pumpkin bread pudding recipe with pumpkin butter, buttery croissants, bourbon and topping it with a bourbon sauce. Jehan says it’s, “Delicious, decadent and EASY!” Way! Pumpkin Butter Bread Pudding – Jehan Can Cook
Shana decided to take her holiday recipe gluten free. She made her favorite Apple Crisp, added a touch or two of bourdon and voilà! In Shana’s words’ “… the flavor is just plain amazing!” Bourbon Apple Crisp – Shana Was Here
Have you tried my Bourbon Apple Crisp yet?? It's oh so delicious! https://t.co/8UwVoMGRZ4 #FRBHoliday pic.twitter.com/ZmSr53arAC
— Shana Lee (@Shana_Was_Here) November 7, 2015
Drinks Bourbon Inspired Recipes
Britt created a “… festive and delicious cocktail that will warm your whole body. Just add a fire in your fireplace, flurries of snow and and a cuddle comfortable chair! Hot Apple Cider- Britt’s Blurbs
Gift Ideas Bourbon Inspired Recipes
Chef Demetra Overton shares a recipe for Figgy Bourdon that sounds so divalicious you better make a batch for yourself! Bonus! you can use the figs for other recipes like figgy pudding. Fig-flavored Bourbon – Sweet Savant
Get Figgy with it! Fig infused Four Roses Bourbon #Recipe – https://t.co/pP4aXcVRLE #FRBHoliday #AFBSHolidayRecipes pic.twitter.com/dNaKEdhAS9
— Chef Demetra Overton (@sweetsavant) November 4, 2015
What is better than the rich, warmth of gorgeous vanilla adding flavor to your favorite recipes? For Denise Romeo it’s home-made vanilla from bourdon! Homemade Vanilla Bourbon Extract – We Like To Cook!
…. and one more!
Although Diva Foodies did not participate in this fun challenge, I was inspired to create a bourdon recipe that I’m calling …
Cheatin’ Bourdon Banana’s Foster
1 T brown sugar
1 T butter
Splash or two of good bourdon – because life is too shot to use the cheap stuff (!)
Extra if you don’t care about calories
a few pecans couldn’t hurt either!
In a heavy skillet melt butter and add brown sugar until it becomes a syrup.
Add banana/s; coat well with the syrup and cook until tender but not mushy
Add bourdon. Cook until desired firmness.
Pour into a bowl (take care it will be hot); let cool and top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a cherry or two.
Note: of course ingredients can be modified to taste and with more bananas.