Esparzans are more than just a ramshackle crew of compulsives, creatives, and self-motivated professionals with a passion for our clients’ success. We’re also (secretly, until now) culinary masterminds. In the spirit of spreading holiday joy with our readers, we’ve been huddling in Del’s virtual workshop, conspiring to create the one, the only, the official Esparza Holiday Cookbook.
What follows is the first installment of our two-part masterpiece: an eclectic collection of savory sides, satisfying entrees, and boozy concoctions sure to bring a warm, cozy food-coma to your holiday season. So clear off your kitchen counter and break out your best Julia Child impersonation. Let’s get to cooking!
- In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, then break into pieces.
- For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper.
- In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.
Anne Claire’s Sausage Balls
(each batch makes around 100 balls depending on size)
Staci’s Baked Corn Casserole
This is THE side dish. So easy, so good. Never any leftovers.
Staci’s Super Bowl Beans
My family has taken this dish to potluck dinners and group gatherings as long as I can remember. And we always make it on a certain football Sunday, hence the name.
- Brown ground beef; drain excess fat. Place beef in slow cooker.
- Brown bacon and onions; drain excess fat.
- Add bacon, onions and remaining ingredients to slow cooker.
- Stir together well. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
Note: pairs well with rice, tortillas/tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese or cornbread.
And, of course, Forrest’s Friday Night Special
Cook time: 5:00pm – Until you fall asleep
Jamie’s Pineapple Peat Laphroaig Cocktail
Whelp folks, it’s me, Jamie. If there’s one thing I know, when you’re cooking-up or baking-up all these delicious recipes you are most certainly going to want to be drinking. You may start before and you may continue after. So here’s a favorite cocktail recipe for you to make, too.
Don’t think we’ve forgotten dessert! The next installment of the Esparza Holiday Cookbook is all sweets. Those recipes (coming your way next week) are sure to satisfy your holiday sugar cravings. So jump on a treadmill and start earning those extra indulgences early, because health-food advocates we are not!