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Old 12-16-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Christmas turkey accompaniments

Okay, since you lot are responsible for us Brits having to plough through enormous turkeys for the 12 days of Christmas (why do families with only 3 or 4 members buy turkeys that would feed a small city and leave left-overs?), has anyone got a different and interesting cranberry sauce recipe (You're responsible for that too!)

I cook cranberries, grated orange rind, sugar, water and the orange juice and add a splosh of port at the end. What do you do?
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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There will be sides like mushroom bread pudding, but the "turkey" will be a standing rib roast (bone in, prime rib).
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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My favorite quick cranberry sauce is to open a can of whole berry sauce, add as much grated ginger as you like. Alternatively, horseradish ( may not go good with turkey? ). You can cook cranberry sauce instead of opening a can.

Here's another good one.

2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
3 tablespoons lime juice ( juice of one lime) plus some zest

Place the cranberries, orange juice and sugar into a sauce pan and simmer until the cranberries have burst, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in jalapeno and lime juice. Chill.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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I would stick with the one that you described in your original post!

If you must make a change experiment with this raw version, just fiddle with it until it tastes right. I would make it the day before so the cranberries can mingle with the other flavor elements.

Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe : Tyler Florence : Recipes : Food Network

After your feast use some of that leftover turkey to make an American classic, the Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich!

The Hot Brown Signature Sandwich and much more at The English Grill in The Brown Hotel
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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Aunt Bea, both good ones.

We just had US Thanksgiving turkey. Our family does a repeat performance for Christmas. Maybe different vegetables and salads, but pretty standard. Luckily, I likes it. Plus we put out plates of cookies on the hors d'oeuvres table , so we can get all sugared up before dinner.
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:18 PM   #6
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I've made this version of Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Port for years and it's a favorite:

Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Port

I've used different apples, depending on what was on hand, but it's always a crisp tart or sweet-tart variety. I've reduced the Port to 1/2 cup and reduced the sugar to a slightly generous 1/3 cup.


With having turkey at Thanksgiving, I don't remember ever having it again at Christmas. Mom usually did a ham or a capon. When I took over Christmas I would make a beef roast - but not yorkshire pudding since I usually use a tenderloin. Would make some excellent mushrooms as a side. The recipe is from a French Cooking edition of "Round the World Cooking Library" but a similar recipe is here: Mushrooms Country Style
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I've made this version of Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Port for years and it's a favorite:

Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Port

I've used different apples, depending on what was on hand, but it's always a crisp tart or sweet-tart variety. I've reduced the Port to 1/2 cup and reduced the sugar to a slightly generous 1/3 cup.


With having turkey at Thanksgiving, I don't remember ever having it again at Christmas. Mom usually did a ham or a capon. When I took over Christmas I would make a beef roast - but not yorkshire pudding since I usually use a tenderloin. Would make some excellent mushrooms as a side. The recipe is from a French Cooking edition of "Round the World Cooking Library" but a similar recipe is here: Mushrooms Country Style
Since we had chicken on Thanksgiving, I always did a ham on Christmas. The kids never liked turkey until they got older and smarter.
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My favorite quick cranberry sauce is to open a can of whole berry sauce, add as much grated ginger as you like. Alternatively, horseradish ( may not go good with turkey? ). You can cook cranberry sauce instead of opening a can.

Here's another good one.

2 cups cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
3 tablespoons lime juice ( juice of one lime) plus some zest

Place the cranberries, orange juice and sugar into a sauce pan and simmer until the cranberries have burst, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in jalapeno and lime juice. Chill.
Hm, the chili would be a change. The usual cranberry sauce here is mainly a sweet-ish one.
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I would stick with the one that you described in your original post!

If you must make a change experiment with this raw version, just fiddle with it until it tastes right. I would make it the day before so the cranberries can mingle with the other flavor elements.

Fresh Cranberry Relish Recipe : Tyler Florence : Recipes : Food Network

After your feast use some of that leftover turkey to make an American classic, the Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich!

The Hot Brown Signature Sandwich and much more at The English Grill in The Brown Hotel
Like the idea of the uncooked relish and the orange liqueur is one to bear in mind. It's gone in my recipe folder already.

And the hot brown sandwich sounds like a winner - not exactly in the quick snack sandwich meal but good for Boxing Day.
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Like the idea of the uncooked relish and the orange liqueur is one to bear in mind. It's gone in my recipe folder already.

And the hot brown sandwich sounds like a winner - not exactly in the quick snack sandwich meal but good for Boxing Day.
That Hot Brown Sandwich is a traditional food for the day of the Kentucky Derby. I have often wonder if Queen Elizabeth II had one when she attended the Derby while she was here to see the race.
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