Give your holiday cranberry sauce a fresh tasting twist, roasting cranberries along with red California grapes. The relish is both sweet and tart, a refreshing addition to a turkey dinner.
1 lb. red California seedless grapes, stemmed
Two 10-oz. bags fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Into a large bowl, toss the grapes with cranberries, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and pinch of salt.
Pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast, stirring halfway through, until the cranberries and grapes just start to burst, about 15-20 minutes.
Let cool before serving.
Roasted Cranberry-Grape Relish can be made ahead; refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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This wild rice stuffing will add a fresh & flavorful twist to rice dishes, for special occasions or any time of year.
2 cans (28 fl. oz. total) low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup wild rice
4 slices bacon, diced 1/4 inch
1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
1 large onion (1 1/2 cups chopped), diced 1/4 inch
2 stalks (3/4 cup chopped) celery, diced 1/4 inch
1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, fresh, minced
1 teaspoon thyme, fresh, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/4 cup parsley, fresh chopped
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
2 cups California seedless grapes, picked from stem and rinsed
In heavy saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add wild rice and stir. Cover pan and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for one hour, until rice is tender and has popped open.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a frying pan over medium until almost crisp, about 8-10 minutes.
Add butter to bacon pan, add onions, celery, mushrooms, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and fold in parsley, hazelnuts and grapes.
Add rice with any remaining liquid in pan, to vegetable mixture and toss well to combine.
Stuffing may be used to fill turkey, game hens, or chicken.
Stuffing may also be baked separately in a casserole dish covered with foil: bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes until hot throughout.
To toast hazelnuts, place in 350 F oven for 9-12 minutes. Rub in a clean dishtowel to remove skins. If you make ahead and refrigerate, cook time will be 30-40 minutes until hot.
6 + 1/4 Cups
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 166; Protein 5.4 g; Carbohydrate 21 g; Fat 8 g; 40% Calories from Fat; Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 126 mg; Fiber 2.6 g.
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Add a fresh & zesty side dish to your Thanksgiving dinner with this cranberry-grape relish. Goes well with roast pork, turkey or ham.
2 cups California red seedless grapes, picked from stem and rinsed
1 12-oz. package cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 orange, juiced and zested
1/2 cup sugar
Place all ingredients in heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring occasionally for 10 minutes until thick and shiny.
Let cool thoroughly, then store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week.
Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at Jasmine Vineyards!
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California avocados are one of our favorite ways to enjoy Jasmine Vineyards grapes. Try this coastal salad recipe and tell us what you think!
Happy July! School’s officially out and the summer fun begins. Two big events we want to focus on: The Fourth of July and the MLB All Star Game!
1. Fourth of July
A time for BBQs, outdoor fun and explosives in the night sky, we offer a full line-up of fancy cocktails (virgin & spiked) to celebrate noon and night:
California Grape Cocktail: a tangy, refreshing bubbly perfect for celebrating just about any occasion:
Grape Mojito: Roll up your sleeves and get your muddler out for this traditional Cuban highball à la Jasmine Vineyards:
Sparkling Hibiscus Tea with Grapes and Mint: Muddled grapes and mint with a touch of citrus makes this “tea” the perfect virgin cocktail:
2. Major League Baseball All-Star Game 2019
This year’s game happens in Cleveland, Ohio, though many of us will be parked on our couches, chomping on greasy chips, peanuts and popcorn, and washing it all down with beer… hold-on-a-minute! Do we really need an instant replay of last year?
For fans of the game and fans our own gut health, we’ve got a couple refreshing alternatives – even complements, if you like – to the standard baseball fare:
You simply can’t go wrong with a healthy, colorful array of fruits, veggies, cheese and nuts. We’ve been collecting a whole slew of options on our Pinterest page. Just grab some ideas, hit the grocery store, lay down a slab of wood and arrange as you wish. The food does most of the work here, especially, when you include the world’s best grapes.
The grill’s on, so why not make some room for these sweet & savory skewers? They’ll add some sizzle to your game, though be forewarned: you may be voted host next year, too.)
Once the food is taken care of, all you need is a giant pitcher of Grape Mojitos (recipe above). Then, kick back and enjoy the game – and your guests’ oohs and ahhs.
We hope these inventive delights make your July happenings even more celebratory.
Happy July, from all of us at Jasmine Vineyards!