One of the best things about the holidays to me are entertaining. I love to invite people over to my house for dinner, dessert or anything in-between. What I really love is when a holiday gathering is easy and stress-free with products that make my life easier and allow me to enjoy my guests instead of running around minutes before they arrive still making the food. The NEW Giada De Laurentiis products can do just that!
Giada De Laurentiis first popular on the Food Network for her fresh, Italian cooking and beautiful food, is now offering her own line of products at Target at very affordable prices. From measuring cups and whisks to mixing bowls and ceramic pie plates, there is something for every cook in your home. She also offers a line of grocery items to make your life easier and more delicious!
I was like a kid on Christmas tearing into my box of goodies from Giada and Target when it arrived at my house which included:
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Black Olive Tapenade, $2.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Giada Blend Coffee, $6.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Marinated Sun Dried Tomatoes, $3.49
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Marinated Roasted Red Peppers, $3.49
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Marinated Mushrooms, $3.49
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Genovese Basil Pesto, $3.49
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Eggplant & Pepper Pesto, $2.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target 2-Quart Ceramic Oval Baker, $19.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target 9” Ceramic Pie Pan, $16.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Silicone Spoonula with Stainless Steel Handle, $9.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target 3-Piece Plastic Bowl Set with Pour, $19.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Stainless Steel Balloon Whisk, $7.99
Giada De Laurentiis for Target Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, $15.99
So far, I’ve used the mixing bowls, measuring cups, whisk and spoonula to make Christmas cookies and was very happy with how each of the products felt in my hands to use and clean up. I’ve also made a pasta dish that I used the Genovese Basil Pesto that was delicious and even better the next day!
Each and every one of the products were made with a professional feel and I believe will stand up to the test of time.
I will be entertaining for Christmas this weekend and plan to use a lot of the other food products at the star of my meal. Thankfully, Giada has provided some great tips and simple, delicious recipes for me to make without much fuss!
• Plan ahead! Prepare most of your dishes ahead of time, rather than trying to cook everything at once. You’ll feel less stressed and will be able to enjoy the party. Giada recommends leaving only one item for last minute prep – this brings everyone into the kitchen and sets the tone for a cozy, comfortable evening.
• Don’t overdo your menu – keep it simple! As a general rule, Giada suggests offering four to five appetizers. During the holidays, choose foods that have vibrant colors for an added festive touch. Also select foods that are beautiful to serve and easy for guests to eat. Giada’s go-to holiday favorites include:
Tomato Basil Tartlets
Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
• 1 (10-by-9-inch) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
• 1/3 cup Giada De Laurentiis for Target Black Olive Tapenade
• 1 cup (2 1/2 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
• 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
• 6 basil leaves, chopped
• Fleur de Sel or other large flake sea salt
*Special equipment: a 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter
1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place the pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Using the tines of a fork, prick the pastry all over. Using a 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut out 16 rounds of pastry. Place the pastry rounds on the prepared baking sheet. Lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the pastry rounds. Place another baking sheet directly on top of the parchment paper to keep the pastry even while baking. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden. Remove the top baking sheet and the top piece of parchment paper.
3. Spread 1 teaspoon of tapenade on each pastry round. Place about 1 tablespoon of cheese on top. Arrange 2 pieces of tomato on the cheese. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle the chopped basil on top.
4. Transfer the tartlets to a platter and garnish with a pinch of Fleur de Sel.
Pea Pesto Crostini
Recipe Courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
• 1(10oz) package frozen peas, thawed
• 1 garlic clove
• ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
• 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
• 2/3 cup olive oil
• 8 (1/2 inch thick) slices whole grain baguette or ciabatta bread, preferably day old
• 8 cherry tomatoes, halved or 1 small tomato, diced
For the pea pesto:
1. Pulse together in food processor the peas, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
2. With the machine running, slowly add 1/3 cup of the olive oil and continue to mix until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper, if needed.
3. Transfer to small bowl and set aside.
For the crostini:
1. Toast the bread for 2 – 3 minutes on an oven’s broil setting.
2. Transfer bread to platter and spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of pesto on each slice.
3. Top crostini with 2 tomato halves, finely chopped herbs or parmesan cheese and serve.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Giada De Laurentiis for Target and received product samples to facilitate my review