Saturday, November 21, 2015

Preparing for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, it’s time to dust-off some tried and true recipes, and add a few new ones to the dinner menu. Being American-Armenian, we often mix-and-match our menu items to express our gratitude to our birth country and our ancestral home.

Here’s a list of recipes to use as a guide in planning this year’s mix-and-match Thanksgiving feast. My recipe for Cranberry-Orange-Pomegranate Relish follows.

Basic American Menu:    
                                                
Roasted Turkey with Stuffing                                                         
Potatoes -white and/or sweet                                     
Green Bean Casserole, Brussels Sprouts                   
Cranberry Sauce                                                         
Pumpkin or Apple Pie    
   
Apple Pie for Thanksgiving
                             
                                           
Basic Armenian Menu:

Cranberry-Orange-Pomegranate Relish
Boorma, another Thanksgiving dessert option!

Cranberry-Orange-Pomegranate Relish

Cranberry-Orange-Pomegranate Relish
Yield: about 3 cups

Ingredients:
1-12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest and juice from 1 orange
½ cup water
½ cup 100% pomegranate juice
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
Garnish: 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, optional

Directions:

Sort through cranberries; discard any that are soft. Rinse and drain.

Preparing the relish
In a non-reactive saucepan, stir together the cranberries, sugar, zest, orange juice, water, pomegranate juice and cinnamon stick. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer gently and stir occasionally, about 10-15 minutes or until cranberries begin to burst. Discard cinnamon stick. 

Transfer to a bowl and allow mixture to cool for about 15 minutes. Mixture thickens as it cools. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
Garnish with pomegranate arils, if desired.

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