I know that for most people football is the thing to watch after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day. I am not a football fan. That’s where Netflix comes in. Over the Thanksgiving weekend I am planning on streaming a show I missed while it was on the air, Breaking Bad. I have heard a lot of things about it, and it was filmed right here in Albuquerque, but somehow I missed it. Now that the show has ended I plan to watch as much of it as I want over Thanksgiving and into the Holiday Season.
Do you have a favorite show you like to watch at your leasure? That’s one of the things I like best about Netflix, I can watch it when I want, where I want. If my kids are watching stuff on the TV, I can put on headphones and watch whatever I want on my laptop. And after the kids are in bed Hubby and I can stream shows we’ve missed and watch them in peace.
And one of my other favorite times to stream a show is when I’m whipping up a snack, or doing dishes. I just turn on Charmed on and watch it on the kitchen TV while I work (in the winter I keep the garage door open too, to cool me off while I cook, ).
Speaking of making a great snack, I recently made a yummy Honey Glazed Ham Panini recipe by Curtis Stone.
- Pear and Mustard Chutney:
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup (packed) light brown sugar
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- ¼ cup coarse-grain mustard
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 4 Anjou pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
- 1 large loaf focaccia (about 17 x 6 x 1½ inches)
- 1 pound honey-glazed ham, cut into slices
- 8 ounces sliced Swiss cheese
- 3 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves (about 3 cups)
- 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
- To make the chutney:
- Combine the vinegar, brown sugar, onion, mustard, and orange zest in a heavy saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Then reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the onions are tender and the liquid has thickened slightly.
- Add the pears and continue simmering gently for about 30 minutes, or until the pears soften and the liquid thickens some more. Let the chutney cool, and then keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. (The chutney will keep for up to a week).
- To make the panini:
- Position an oven rack 8-inches from the heat source and preheat the broiler. Cut the bread in half horizontally and arrange the halves, cut side up, on 2 baking sheets. Place the ham and cheese over one of the bread halves. Toast both bread halves under the broiler for 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the uncovered bread is golden brown.
- Scatter the spinach over the ham and cheese. Spoon the chutney over the spinach. Top with the second bread half. Brush the top of the slider with butter and broil for 1 minute, or until the top is crisp. Cut the slider into 12 pieces, and serve.
I started the chutney by combining the first 5 ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. It wasn’t long before it came to a boil, at which time I reduced the heat to let it simmer for 20 minutes.
After the first 20 minutes I added the chopped pears and allowed it to simmer and reduce for another 30 minutes. Meanwhile I got the ham and cheese placed on the bread.
When the chutney was almost done, Itossed the sandwich in the oven under the broiler for a couple of minutes, when it was nicely toasted I topped it with a good douse of baby spinach and some of the chutney.
Finally I put the top bread on the sandwich, spread a little butter on top and popped it back under the broiler for a couple of minutes until it was nice and brown and melty.
This sandwich was ab fab, I especially loved the chutney! I had never heard of ham and pears, pineapple, sure, but not pears. I’ll be making this often for sure, anytime I have leftover honey-glazed ham.
On Friday nights I let my kids have a special treat, they can stream a movie in their room at bedtime and watch it while they have a “sleep-over” (with all three kids sleeping in the girls room). Boy do they get ready for bed quickly when they know that they get a movie and a “sleep-over,” which means Hubby and I get our quiet time that much sooner! One of their favorite movies is Lemonade Mouth. We’ve watched it together in the living room too, and it’s actually pretty cute.
Streaming Netflix is also a good motivator for the kids. It’s the reward they get after they’ve completed their jobs, cleaned their rooms, done their homework, etc.
Over the break from school I plan to share a Christmas documentary with my son. He loves that kind of stuff. We’ll watch TLC’s Extreme Christmas Trees together, which I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of.
What TV shows or movies will you enjoy this Holiday season?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post through Netflix and Social Spark. All opinions are my own.