Missed the Segment? Check it out HERE: HAPPY National Raisin Day
Raisins are great for snacking – but they are so much more. Today on Atlanta & CO Christine and I will whip up 3 innovative ways to use raisins.
FIVE Really Fun facts about RAISINS
- It takes 4 TONS of grapes to make 1 TON of raisins
- Selma California is the self-proclaimed “Raisin Capital’ of the world – fields around Selma produce 85% of California’s raisins, that means 90% of the world’s supply!
- When you see the word “Agrodolce” on a menu, it means sweet and sour and raisins are often used for the “sweet” part of the recipe.
- Almost all raisins are made from one variety of grape – the Thompson Seedless.
- Regular brown raisins and golden raisins are the same – brown raisins are just dried to bake in the sun. Golden raisins are dunked in hot water and dried in a special oven.
Goat Cheese, Orange and Raisin Coleslaw
- 1 PKG Cole Slaw Mix
2 – 4 OZ Crumbled Goat Cheese
⅓ Cup Chopped Toasted Walnut Pieces
⅓ Cup Golden Raisins
- 1 Orange in 8 to 12 Pieces
- Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 3 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 TB White Balsamic Vinegar
Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Toss the cabbage, cheese, walnuts, raisins and orange segments together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle on the oil and vinegar. Toss afain, taste and adjust the seasoning, and serve.
Smoky Sweet Pineapple and Raisin Salsa
- ½ Cup Raisins
- ½ Cup Dark Rum
- 1 Cored Pineapple, chunked in ½” pieces
- 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobe, chopped
- 1 TB Lime Juice
- 1 TB Orange Zest
- 3 TB Orange Juice
- ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Chopped Roasted Red Pepper
- ½ Cup Chopped Cilantro
- Sea Salt to Taste
Soak the raisins in the rum for an hour, drain and reserve the rum. Combine the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl, serve with chips or as a topping for grilled pork, chicken or fish.
AND a Facebook LIVE for the Spritzer directions HERE
Raisin Rum Citrus Sparkling Spritzer
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 2 – 4 TB Lime Juice
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar
- ½ Cup Reserved Raisin Rum, divided
- Sparkling Wine
- Oranges and Limes for Garnish
Add the juices and the coconut sugar to a pitcher, stir and mash with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the rum. Pour into 6 glasses and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with fruit.