It’s hard to believe another year has passed. But what better way to ring in 2015, than hosting a New Year’s brunch? To support and encourage your guests who’ve resolved to eat healthier in the New Year, here are some healthier twists to everyone’s classic brunch menu.
First, toast the New Year with this Spicy BLT “Green” Bloody Mary recipe courtesy of Heather Cristo. We suggest replacing the parsley with watercress to increase the nutritional value and to add a peppery flavor profile. Next, pair your “Green Mary” with this Smoked Salmon Mousse Wrap, which is lower in fat than most traditional brunch foods.
Spicy BLT Green Bloody Mary
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 cups of tomatillos
2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
½ cup of English Cucumber cut into chunks
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 jalapeno cut into quarters
2 teaspoons of horseradish
8 ounces of vodka (or amount upon preference)
A pinch of Kosher Salt (or more upon preference)
4 romaine lettuce leaf hearts (or 4 leaves Living Butter Lettuce from Live Gourmet® or Grower Pete’s Organic)
4 strips of bacon cooked crispy
Combine the tomatillos, parsley (or watercress), vinegar, cucumber chunks, lime juice, Worcestershire Sauce, and the jalapeno in a blender, and blend until juice like. Once the mixture is blended well, stir in the horseradish and vodka, and then season with salt. Next, pour into four, tall glasses filled with ice and garnish with preferred lettuce leaves, bacon, tomatoes and lemon wedges.
Smoked Salmon Mousse in Lettuce Cups
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
6 oz. sour cream
4 ounces smoked salmon (1 store bought package)
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon of Horseradish (optional)
Several sprigs of fresh dill, or dry dill
Salt and pepper, to taste
Leaves of 1 head of Live Gourmet® Living Butter Lettuce or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Butter Lettuce
Drained capers, amount upon preference
Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, salmon, lemon juice, horseradish, dill and salt and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Next spoon the mousse into lettuce leaf cups. Sprinkle with Capers and dill sprigs. And as a bonus this spread will save and is also a delicious spread on crackers or bagels.