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Cranberry Orange Chutney With Cumin, Fennel and Mustard Seeds

Not sure where this recipe originated since it was in my binder for awhile. Since we have 10 pounds of cranberries in the freezer this year, I thought we should make use of them.  We served this as a side dish with a smoked pork loin, which I sliced into thin slices and reheated gently on top of the stove,  in a mixture of red grapefruit juice and some fresh rosemary. It would be great with poultry, i.e. instead of the usual cranberry relish. We also used it the next day with salmon. Equally good.  Enjoy! Buen provecho!

Cranberry Orange Chutney with Cumin, Fennel and Mustard Seeds

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups sugar

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds

1 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, cut into matchstick-size strips

1 tablespoon minced seeded Serrano chile (without the seeds)

3/4 cup water

1 pound fresh cranberries or frozen, thawed

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup matchstick-size strips orange peel (orange part only)

Pinch of salt

The Technique: Simmered

    Simmering (to cook at about 185°F) cooks the berries and other ingredients at just the right rate. How to tell if your sauce is simmering? Small bubbles should break the surface around the edges of the pan. This technique softens the berries and allows enough time for all of the flavors to meld.

Preparation

Bring sugar and vinegar to boil in heavy small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside.

    Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin, fennel, and mustard seeds; stir until mustard seeds pop, about 1 minute. Add onion; cook until beginning to brown, stirring constantly, about 6 minutes. Add ginger and chile; stir until chile softens, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar mixture, 3/4 cup water, all cranberries, orange peel, and salt. Simmer until juices thicken, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Cool, cover, and chill. DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep chilled.

Six Hour Boneless Leg of Lamb (LCBO Ontario)

Have done this recipe three times now and always works out stunningly. I gather the secret is in the slow cooking temperatures. Not to worry, you really do not taste the anchovies when this is cooked…Follow the directions as shown. If you must, serve with traditional mint jelly, but I liked the fresh mint leaves better. Unfortunately we cannot find rutabagas all the time, so I substituted baby potatoes with skins on. For those not in the know. the LCBO/LLBO in Ontario puts out a seasonal magazine called “Food and Drink” from which this recipe was taken. You can find it by doing a Google search –

http://www.lcbo.com/fooddrink/recipes.shtml

So here it is…

Six-Hour Leg of Lamb
Autumn 2008
By: Lucy Waverman

This method of preparing lamb originated in the days of mutton, which needed to be cooked for a long time before it was tender. This is a superb dish with its long slow-cooking time of up to 6 hours, which gives a meltingly soft, sweet finish that can be cut with a spoon. You will need to make it 1 day ahead in order to remove all the fat from the sauce. 

4 anchovies
2 cloves garlic
5 lb (2.2 kg) lamb leg on the bone or boneless leg of lamb
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil

Vegetables

12 shallots, peeled and trimmed (or one large white onion chopped)
4 carrots, peeled, halved, thicker ends cut in half
1 small rutabaga peeled, or baby potatoes with skins and cut into 2 inch (5 cm) pieces
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup (250 mL) red wine
2 cups (500 mL) beef or chicken stock
1 cup (250 mL) canned tomatoes with juice
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs thyme or substitute two fresh rosemary sprigs
2 whole heads garlic, trimmed

Garnish            ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped mint

1. Preheat oven to 250ºF (120ºC).

2. Chop anchovies together with garlic. Cut slits all over lamb and insert some of the mixture into each slit. Season well with salt and pepper.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and brown all over, about 8 minutes. Remove lamb, reduce heat to medium and add shallots, carrots and rutabaga/potatoes. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly tinged with brown. Season with salt and pepper. Remove vegetables to a bowl and set aside, reserving skillet for sauce.

4. Place lamb in a large Dutch oven or heavy casserole with a lid.

5. Place wine, stock, tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme or rosemary sprigs in reserved skillet and bring to boil, stirring up all the little brown bits. Pour over lamb and cover tightly. Bake for 2 hours, turn lamb and add reserved carrots and rutabaga and bake another 2 hours. Turn again, add shallots and garlic and bake for remaining 2 hours or until lamb is so tender you can cut it with a spoon.

6. Remove vegetables from sauce and chill vegetables and lamb separately, covered, overnight.

7. Remove lamb from pot and skim fat from cooking liquid. Bring cooking liquid to a boil and reduce until full of flavour and slightly thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes.

8. Carve lamb from bone and reheat meat and accompanying vegetables in sauce until warm. Transfer to a serving platter and serve lamb garnished with vegetables. Sprinkle with fresh mint if desired.

Serves 8