Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tasty Tuesday: Cranberry, Pear, Ginger Relish

To round out this merry month of sharing, we have one more cooking blogger for you to hear from: Holly at One Spicy Dish. Holly is a dedicated foodie who loves to share food with the people she loves. She must love a lot of people because she started a blog to share her passion for food!

Scarlet Threads is the lucky beneficiary of a specially designed recipe from One Spicy Dish. Just take a look at the pictures and I know you can't resist trying it. It was completely apropos and timely, as we all have some leftover cranberry sauce this time of year - Holly has given us a way to turn it into a chic appetizer for New Years! :)
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Cranberry/Pear/Ginger relish ingredients:

2 bags Fresh cranberries
2 Bartlett Pears cored and diced
2 Oranges
1 Lemon
1 ½ cups sugar
½ Cup Dried Cranberries
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
¼ Cup Apricot Preserves
2 6 oz logs of goat cheese
2 skinny baguettes

Cranberry/Pear/Ginger Relish

In a large saucepan over medium low heat combine the cranberries, pears, ginger, sugar, zest from two oranges and one lemon and the juice of one orange. Let cook down until berries pop and the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. This should take about 10-15 minutes. Add dried cranberries and the apricot preserves and stir.

Continue to cook over low heat for 5 more minutes just to give the dried cranberries time to plump up.

Remove mixture from heat and cool. Once cool, place in the fridge to thicken. Relish will keep for at least a week in the fridge. Before assembling crostini, remove relish from refrigerator and bring to room temperature

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the baguettes on a bias in quarter inch thick pieces and place on cookie sheet. Drizzle with EVOO. Place the crostini in the oven. At the same time, put the goat cheese in oven safe dish and place that in the oven as well. Bake the crostini until lightly golden brown and the cheese until warmed through. It will be easily spreadable. In order to keep the goat cheese warm, you can do two things. You can place an oven safe serving platter in the oven to heat it. Transfer warmed goat cheese to the heated service plate. If your serving dish isn’t oven proof, fill with boiling water while the cheese and crostini bake. This will heat the plate enough to keep the cheese warmed. While the cheese warms through, put pinenuts in small dry skillet over low heat just until they begin to turn light brown. They will burn easily so be sure to not take your eyes off them. Immediately remove from heat.

To assemble:

Spread a layer of the warmed goat cheese on a crostini, followed by layer of your cranberry relish. Garnish with pinenuts and serve.

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