Bobby Flay and Hellmann’s Serve “Real Holiday Helpings”

I love the holidays and I dread the holidays.  Wait…before you call me Scrooge, I’m not saying “Bah Humbug” to all of it, especially the time I spend with my family.  Just some of the pieces of the holiday season that sneak up on me, like planning and shopping for meals, especially the big holiday dinners that take more preparation. (Note the side benefit to my teenagers who drive: I can now send them to the store for that single ingredient I forgot for a dish!)

While I am a planner by nature (see my Black Friday post), when it comes to food, I could always use help. So I was thrilled to find delicious recipes and all-around kitchen and prep tips from one of my favorite celebrity chefs, Bobby Flay, as part of the “Hellmann’s Real  Holiday Helpings” program.

There are so many recipes and tips to cover, I can’t fit them all in this one post. So throughout the next couple of weeks, I’ll send out tips and delicious recipes, and if you leave a comment with your tips and favorite recipes, your name will be entered in a random drawing for a Real Holiday Helpings  Cookbook and a coupon for a FREE 30-oz. jar of mayonnaise, compliments of Hellmann’s and Best Foods. (Drawing on Thursday, Dec. 10th at noon.)

Here’s your first “taste”, followed by the tips that will de-stress your holidays:

Broiled Cherry Tomatoes with Basil-Balsamic Green Goddess Dressing

Broiled Cherry Tomatoes with Basil-Balsamic Green Goddess Dressing Serves: 4

½ cup Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3 anchovy fillets

3 green onions, sliced

¼ cup fresh basil leaves

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 pints cherry tomatoes

16 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed

Olive oil

4-inch wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes

1. Combine the mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons water, vinegar, garlic, anchovy, green onion and basil in a blender or food processor and process until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (this allows the flavors to meld).

2. Preheat broiler. Skewer 2 tomatoes on each skewer and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or foil. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.  Broil tomatoes, turning once, until slightly charred and soft, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a platter; add a mozzarella cube to each skewer.  Drizzle with some of the dressing.

Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® Real Holiday Helpings
Bobby Flay’s Tips and Techniques

Celebrated Chef, Author and TV Personality Bobby Flay Offers Seasons Ingredients

Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay

‘Tis the Season(ing)

  • Plan the holiday meal in advance and stock up on all dry and non perishable ingredients ahead of time.
  • As the holiday approaches, start planning an ingredients list a couple of days before shopping to avoid making several trips to the grocery store.
  • Keep your meal simple with spices. You do not need a lot of expensive or exotic seasonings to create a flavorful meal; often all it takes is just a little salt and pepper to create a delicious dish.
  • Add a little flair to the holiday turkey this year by preparing Tandoori style roasted turkey breast – it only takes a few simple ingredients to create this flavorful, delicious course that adults and kids will love.

At and, you will find tips and recipes for food that you can feel good about serving the whole family. Visitors can enjoy how-to videos and tutorials featuring Flay, recipes and more.  You can also enter the Real Food Holiday Giveaway for a chance to win the grand prize of a year supply of groceries, or play the Real Food Matchup for an entry to win a $50 grocery gift card.


One Response

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