Invite cranberries to breakfast, lunch and dinner

17 Nov Invite cranberries to breakfast, lunch and dinner

by Sydne George

in the Great Falls Tribune, LIFE section
November 17, 2010

 


Chances are good the customary cranberry will make an appear­ance on your Thanks­giving table in one of its many forms. As it turns out, the shiny red berry does a world of good for your health.

With berries or without, homemade or plopped from the can, cranberry sauce seems to be the one not-to-be-skipped accompaniment to the tradition­al Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

My parents have hosted the annual Thanksgiving get­together for years. Mom show­cases the cranberry in a delight­ful cranberry ice that serves as a pleasing palate cleanser during the amazing Thanksgiving feast she prepares year after year.

One of my favorite uses for cranberries is to frost them in beaten egg white, roll them in sugar and keep them in the freezer to adorn holiday cock­tails or champagne glasses. But when it comes to the cranberry, the possibilities are endless. Grab an extra bag or two while you can.

Here are some cranberry recipes.

 

CRANBERRY WALNUT PANCAKES

1 egg
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup ricotta
¼ cup oil
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ cup flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped

Heat electric griddle to 325 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk togeth­er egg and brown sugar. Gently whisk in buttermilk, ricotta and oil.

Add all dry ingredients stir.

Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter onto preheated grill and let cook for a minute or so. Then sprinkle walnuts and cranberries on top and cook until bubbles form and break.

Carefully flip pancakes and cook other side until done.

Sprinkle additional chopped cranberries and walnuts on top of pancakes on plates.

Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Years ago, sailors are said to have brought barrels of cranber­ries on their clipper ships as a source of vitamin C to prevent scurvy.

Native Americans used this versatile berry for eating, healing wounds and dying clothing long before the Pilgrims sailed in. A common Native American cran­berry recipe was to mix deer meat with cranberries to produce high­ly nutritious pemmican.

Early settlers named the berry craneberry because of its flower’s resemblance to the head of a sand crane. It later became cranberry.

 


GRILLED BRIE AND CRANBERRY SANDWICHES WITH DRESSED MIXED GREENS

 
2 tbsp. butter
8 thin slices whole grain bread
6 ounces brie, sliced in eight thin slices
½ cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup mixed greens
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat electric griddle to 325 degrees.

Melt butter on hot griddle and brush with pastry brush to cover surface.

Place eight slices whole grain bread on top of melted butter.

Top four bread slices with two slices brie and let it cook until bread is lightly toasted and brie has begun to melt.

While sandwiches are grilling, toss mixed greens with oil and vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Remove grilled bread from griddle and top melted brie with cranberries and mixed greens.

Top with plain grilled bread, secure with frilly toothpicks and slice in half.

 

CRANBERRY-ORANGE CHICKEN IN PARCHMENT

 
4 tbsp. butter, melted
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chopped cranberries
4 tbsp. orange marmalade
4 tbsp. butter, cut in small cubes
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut four sheets of parchment, about 10 by 15 inches. Brush each parchment paper with melted butter to cover.

Lay 1 chicken breast in middle of each parchment paper.

Spread 1 tablespoon orange marmalade over each chicken breast and top with minced garlic and cranberries.

Dot with butter.

Fold ends of parchment inward and crease.

Bring unfolded ends of parch­ment together and fold together and crease to seal each package.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Remove from oven. Cut open parchment packages and serve.

Contact Sydne George at sydne­george@hotmail.com.

9 Comments
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  • Sydne George
    Posted at 10:40h, 11 January Reply

    Thank you! I appreciate it.
    The Cranberry Walnut pancakes are yummy!

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    Posted at 15:30h, 27 March Reply

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    • Sydne
      Posted at 16:48h, 27 March Reply

      Thank you.

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