Kiwifruit Holiday Recipes
Zespri® Green and SunGold™ Kiwifruit are not only delicious powerhouses of nutrition, they are also festive fruits that are capable of bringing out the very best of any dish. And there’s no better time to showcase the versatility of kiwifruit than with our holiday recipes.
So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus, Zespri® Kiwifruit is a perfect ingredient in many delicious holiday meals. With it, you can easily throw a festive holiday party that will leave your guests breathless!
From sides to desserts and everything in-between, these dishes will please even the most discerning guest.
Cornish Game Hens with SunGold™ Kiwifruit
Cooking a big roasted turkey might be one of the go-to entrees for a holiday dinner. For many, a holiday feast simply isn’t a feast without a show-stopping roast as a centerpiece. Instead of a single roast turkey, why not provide one roast per guest?
A Cornish game hen is the perfect portion for a small holiday gathering — one hen for one adult. It usually requires marinating, which is the perfect opportunity for Zespri® Kiwifruit to shine!
We’ve talked before about using kiwifruit to marinate meat. And our Cornish Game Hen with SunGold™ Kiwifruit takes full advantage of a kiwi marinade. The addition of the Zespri® Green Kiwifruit and Vanilla Bean Sabayon Sauce adds a healthy dose of flavor and zing that’s sure to “Wow!” your guests.
SunGold™ Kiwi and Cranberry Relish
As a tropical complement to your roasted game hen, try our SunGold™ Kiwi and Cranberry Relish recipe, given to us by Chef Jeff Briscione. This sauce, emboldened by the kiwi superfruit, gives a crisp, zesty flavor that lingers on your tongue long after the last bite — especially with the minced jalapeño and cilantro.
The wonderful thing about this kiwi relish is that you can use it with any roasted meat, not just our cornish hen recipe.
An Assortment of SunGold™ Sides
Holiday dinners tend to be fairly carb-heavy. Potatoes, corn, rice, bread — they all add up to a high glycemic meal that can bring down energy levels for many of us. You can help counter the post-meal slumps simply by incorporating SunGold™ kiwifruit, which is high in vitamin C and other energy-boosting nutrients, into your recipe.
Our Sweet & Sour Roasted Vegetables is an easy-to-make recipe sure to delight and invigorate everyone. It brings together cauliflower, mushrooms, quinoa, and SunGold™ Kiwifruit into a simple, delicious dish that won’t leave everyone feeling stuffed.
Speaking of stuffing, no holiday dinner is complete without it! So give our Zespri® Kiwi Quinoa Holiday Stuffing a try. It features quinoa instead of bread, accented with onions, celery, and other traditional stuffing ingredients. Our not-so-secret special ingredient? Hazelnuts and Zespri® SunGold kiwifruit, sliced and peeled.
And what would the holidays be without eggnog?
SunGold™ Kiwi Holiday Nog
Few drinks evoke the holiday spirits quite as much as eggnog. And there are so many ways to enjoy this seasonal treat. From classic party recipes to modern eggnog cocktails, there is no shortage of delicious and wonderful eggnog recipes out there to choose from.
Our SunGold™ Kiwi Holiday Nog takes the traditional eggnog recipe to to the next level, while still including all the basics for a made-from-scratch eggnog. As you’ll see, a made-from-scratch eggnog does not require any fancy or secret ingredients. It uses everything that you likely already have: eggs, sugar, cinnamon, milk — and of course Zespri® SunGold™ Kiwifruit, peeled and chopped.
Let’s Not Forget the Dessert
No holiday meal is complete without the dessert! Undoubtedly, you’ll have guests who will contribute their own dish (or two) to your holiday meal. Cookies, cakes, pies — these are all great options for others to bring to the party.
(And we’re all for cookies, cakes, and pies.)
With kiwifruit, you can provide your own dessert options that are not just delicious, but also nutrient-rich and bursting with Vitamin C.
If you like pudding and cake, then you’ll absolutely love our SunGold™ Kiwifruit Pudding Cake, which combines the best of both worlds before adding the tropical flavor of Zespri® SunGold™.
Even though the kiwifruit pudding cake is easy to make, if you want something that’s even easier — and if you could believe it, tastier! — try our Kiwifruit Cheesecake Ginger Bites. The nutrient-packed tang of kiwifruit softened with the flavor of sweet, creamy cheesecake atop a crispy gingersnap is a guaranteed, surefire winner. Effortless. Guilt-free. Completely irresistible!
If kids are attending your party, try “Wow!”-ing them with our Berry Yummy Kiwi Gummies. These gummies blend kiwifruit, raspberries, and unsweetened powdered gelatin to create a delightful, healthy snack that the kiddies can enjoy as they wait for the main course.
Leftovers — if there are any! — can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
(Tip: Try substituting strawberries instead of raspberries, or make one batch of each.)
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With so many creative ways to incorporate kiwifruit into your meals, it should be no surprise that there are plenty of recipes that will make your Christmas dinner more tasty and fun. And including kiwifruit in your holiday meals isn’t just tasty and fun, it’s also sure to be loved by your friends and family!
They might even insist on kiwifruit at your New Year’s gathering, too!
(If they do, don’t worry — we’ll have some tips for that too!)
Do you have your own kiwi-inspired holiday meal that you’d like to share? Sound off on social media, and don’t forget to tag @zesprikiwi in your photo!