Thanksgiving successes and failures
I can't say that I have loads of success, but I many of the latter. I had a "bad food day" on Thursday. I "peeled" part of my finger, the topping on the sweet potatoes never set right, the mashed potatoes got overworked, and the personal (my home only) turkey got a bit dry. I didn't bring the mashed potatoes and so I have leftovers for myself, most said good things about the sweet potatoes and I saved what I could of the turkey. However, I tried a new recipe-tart cherry (thank you Annie!) and cranberry compote. I'd make it again; it was good. Mom took a bowl full home. How'd your contributions to the day go? Anything worth doing again? Recipes are appreciated!
Cranberry and Tart-Cherry Compote
Bon Appetit : November 2008
by Nancy Oakes and Pamela Mazzola
Yield: Makes about 3 cups
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup dried cranberries (about 3 ounces)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup currant jelly (about one 10-ounce jar)
Pinch of coarse kosher salt
Grate 1 1/2 teaspoons peel from lime; set aside. Cut off all peel and white pith from lime. Working over bowl, cut between membranes to release lime segments.
Bring cranberry juice to boil in large saucepan. Add lime segments, fresh cranberries, and next 4 ingredients; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until mixture thickens, about 8 minutes. Add currant jelly. Simmer until jelly is melted, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lime peel and coarse salt. Transfer to small bowl. Cover; chill at least 4 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep chilled.
Discard cinnamon stick before serving.
Here is a link that might be useful: Epicurious link to the recipe