Our next grilled cheese of glory for grown-up people who don't just want cheese and bread is this freakishly delicious concoction. It is basically a Thanksgiving feast between two slices of sweet potato bread from the Fall Sweet Potato Bread Tutorial. It really is a bread to keep on hand for the next several months.
Let's start with the relish. I think it is probably one of my all-time favorite recipes for Thanksgiving and we love it!
|Teapot Cranberry Relish Photo from Taste of Home|
The citrus cranberry relish is one that I adapted from a Taste of Home recipe found Here. I use orange juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar glaze and zest from orange and lemon to give it added flavor contrasts. I also love the addition of a hint of fennel seed. It gives the sauce a remarkable depth. If you make it for Thanksgiving, it is good in the fridge up to a month! Use it on Turkey sammiches yes, but it is also amazing in oatmeal (really?!), as an addition to muffins and cookies or as a relish for pot roasts and chicken.
Tess' Citrus Balsamic Cranberry Sauce
- 1 package (16 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar glaze here
- 2 cups dried cherries or apricots
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp fennel seed, optional
Let's talk Turkey. Seriously. This has to be right.
|Ina Gartner's Herb Roasted Turkey photo from Food Network.com|
I don't mess with perfection on the turkey and my go-to the last few years has been the tutorial posted by Ina Gartner in 2008. Always perfect. Always flavorful. Would we expect anything less from Ina? She's one of my all-time favorite chefs. Get her Printable Recipe and you can also watch the full tutorial here.
For the Grown-up grilled cheese...
Place 1-2 slices of warm turkey breast (above) on a slice of sweet potato bread. Top with 2 slices of sharp cheddar cheese. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of the citrus cranberry sauce. Grill in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil or butter over medium heat until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown. Server warm.
There you go darlings! A wicked delicious sandwich for fall! Use both the recipes for the components for your Thanksgiving dinner too!
Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess