A perfect solution for your holiday entertaining is a nice roast. I love pork roast it’s easy, festive and once you pull it out of the oven, you can cover with foil to rest and keep warm while you heat up a few of your side dishes to finish your meal preparation. Using oranges and pomegranates completes the festive flavors of this dish.
From by the bay wishing you a perfect roast food memory this holiday season!
Pomegranate Glazed Pork Roast
3/4 cup pomegranate molasses
3 tablespoons orange blossom honey
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
One 5 1/2-pound pork rib roast, at room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil
coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Garnish with pomegranates, oranges and sprigs of rosemary
Mix the molasses, honey, garlic, dry mustard and rosemary to make a glaze. Rub the pork with the olive oil , season with sea salt and pepper, and roast in a 500° oven for 25 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375° and roast for 20 minutes. Brush the roast with the glaze and cook for 25 minutes or until the center reaches 155°; brush with glaze again 10 minutes before it’s done. Let the roast stand for 15 minutes, then carve and serve with the pan juices mixed with the remaining glaze.
Moving past Thanksgiving weekend, here is a wonderful brussel sprout salad to enjoy! Not only is it healthy, it’s a feast for the eyes. You can make it a light main course, or serve through out the season as a perfect holiday side for dinners and parties. It’s easy to make especially if you have a food processor. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser for parties and it’s one of those dishes you can prepare in advance , and it tastes better as the brussel sprouts marinate in the dressing. Add it to one of your holiday menus this season!
From by the bay, wishing you green food memories!
Brussel Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Parmesan Cheese
1 pound brussel sprouts
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons coarsely grated parmesan cheese
fresh ground black pepper and fine sea salt to taste
Directions Cut off the ends of the sprouts and clean. Using a food processsor fitted with a slicing blade coarsely shred the brussel sprouts. Place into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Toss gently. Add fine sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste and serve.
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 8”x8” square baking pan. In a large bowl combine well these dry ingredients: flour, salt, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder. In a separate medium bowl combine and beat milk, eggs and butter. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well. Fold in the dried cranberries using a spoon. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Bake for about 35 minutes until the tester comes out clean. Cool on metal rack for 10 minutes. When cool remove bread from pan. Serve at room temperature.
I started entertaining over the Christmas holidays, when I moved into my first apartment. I had moved from my parents home on Long Island and into a small apartment in Queens. That first year, I had a small Christmas party so that my parents could come and pick up all the Christmas presents and drive them back to Long Island so I didn’t have to carry them home on the train. So I started in a very small way something that has become an elaborate tradition. I was not a very accomplished cook and I didn’t have alot of extra cash, so the menu was simple and economic – baked ham,deviled eggs, mimosas and cookies. It was an easy brunch and everyone had a great time and I’ve been entertaining for the holidays ever since. I still like to make a baked ham, it’s easy , delicious and looks like alot more effort than it really is. This cranberry glazed ham is one of my favorites – whether it’s for Christmas Day, Christmas Eve or any other Holiday meal you have a lot of guests to feed. It’s great for get togethers with children accompanied with macaroni and cheese or for adults served with cornbread and cranberries, like the recipe below. I find that most guests are excited to see a festive holiday baked ham on the table. Start your own holiday traditions using this recipe, it’s a perfect one to prepare!
From by the bay wishing you the berriest Christmas memories!
Cranberry Glazed Ham
Serves 12 Dinner
Serves 18 Buffet
1 6-7 lbs fully cooked spiral-cut bone in half smoked ham
4 oz cranberry jelly
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup dijon mustard
¼ cup cranberry juice
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
Preheat over to 350F. Place ham in an aluminum foil lined baking pan. In a bowl combine remaining ingredients and whisk together, Brush on to the ham and between the slices. Bake for one hour, until the ham is fully heated. Serve warm or at room temperature.