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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