Monday, December 07, 2015

CRANBERRIES as an APPETIZER?

Absolutely! All the upscale cheese shops and gourmet counters sell blocks laced with cranberries. So why not expand your holiday appetizer table and include them? Your guests will appreciate the festive touch. Emma Lane is here with her delicious and easy recipe. The kitchen is all yours, Emma!

Hi Everyone.

My family insists upon this favorite every holiday, Thanksgiving or Christmas. If I get my hands on fresh berries, I serve it when it is not a holiday. It sounds difficult, but is anything but. It’s one of the dishes that may be prepared ahead of time keeping the hot food preps for the special day. I use my prettiest bowl, usually a clear one to show off the gorgeous color. Many recipes call for unpeeled oranges, but I prefer to peel. A food processor is necessary; I once used a blender with a great deal of caution when my processor was broken. The texture should be coarse but not lumpy.

Fresh Cranberry Relish
One bag fresh cranberries
1 cup of walnuts (or pecans)
1 peeled and chopped orange
⅓ cup orange juice or apple juice
1 cup sugar (to taste) (Can use Splenda or some other artificial sweetener to taste.)

Wash berries and carefully pick out any bad ones. They will usually float to the surface of the water.

Add all ingredients to food processor, but do not over fill the bowl. Use pulse speed and slowly process. Avoid turning it into slush. The end results should be coarsely chopped.

Serve in pretty bowl. May be prepared beforehand and refrigerated. The sweetness will counteract the acidity of the cranberries, but it is purely to taste—yours!

Enjoy!

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Emma Lane is a gifted author who writes under several pen-names. She lives with her patient husband on several acres outside a typical American village in Western New York. Her day job is working with flowers at her son’s plant nursery. Look for information about writing and plants on her new website. Leave a comment or a gardening question and put a smile on Emma's face.

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5 comments:

  1. Brilliant idea for an appetizer, Emma! Wishing you all the best this holiday season! Cheers!

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  2. Late start to this day. Love the post, Sloane. This one is pretty strong and probably should be used as a relish. Great side with turkey.
    Emma

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    1. Glad you like it, Emma. Studs and I tried the relish with Baby Swiss cheese and Havarti yesterday. AWESOME! Just a dab is all that's needed to perk up the cheeses.

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  3. The cranberry relish sounds delicious and the stories even more so. A shower of pleasures for the holidays.

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  4. Thanks you all. Cranberry relish can be tart, but it's a taste I love.
    Emma

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