A gathering for a holiday or a family celebration that centers on a meal provides the perfect opportunity for a food fight.
I don’t mean the kind that involves a cream pie in the face, champagne sprayed around the table or peas slingshot across the room. I mean friendly, family disagreements about the best cranberry sauce. Should dessert be apple or pumpkin pie? Are creamed onions or a green bean casserole mandatory? Will there be chestnuts in the stuffing? Most picture perfect holiday meals exist only in magazines and movies, with a group of strangers presented as family, dressed by stylists, sitting at a perfectly decorated holiday table. Real holiday meals are an opportunity to share a favorite recipe and no one will complain that the second version of cranberry sauce has spoiled the symmetry of the table.
My favorite cranberry relish was inspired by a recipe from my friend Lynda. I added a chili pepper when I made it last year. Here’s how I did it:
Roasted Cranberry Relish
I sorted, washed and drained one bag of fresh cranberries and then combined the berries with the zest of one lemon, one cup of sugar, two tablespoons of olive oil, one teaspoon of kosher salt, one seeded and diced jalapeno pepper and the crushed seeds from four cardamom pods.
I transferred the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. After baking for ten minutes in a 450-degree oven, the cranberries released their juice and were ready to be transferred to a bowl. To finish the sauce I stirred in the juice of half an orange and two tablespoons of Marsala wine. I let this sauce sit for an hour before serving so that the flavors could meld.>> Print This Post <<