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Spicy, Drunken Cranberries & Protein Of Choice

Spicy, Drunken Cranberries & Protein of Choice

AuthorJim Brown

Chipotle chile powder, orange liqueur, honey and molasses make these cranberries a big hit during the holidays. We'll also pan sear a steak or a pork chop and roast some asparagus while these are cooking. Yum!

Kitchen Essentials

Prep

No prep needed.

Ingredients

 2 Steaks or Pork Chops - Choose Your Favorite Protein
 1 Bunch of Asparagus
 Salt & Pepper to Taste
 Avocado Oil or Olive Oil to Cook the Steaks or Pork Chops and Asparagus
 3 cups Fresh Cranberries - Rinsed
 ¼ cup Molasses
 ¼ cup Honey
 ½ tsp Chipotle Chile Powder or Regular Chile Powder
 ¼ cup Orange Liqueur Like Triple Sec, Grand Marnier or Mathilde
 3 Cinnamon Sticks
 1 Lime - Juiced
 Enough Water to Cover the Cranberries
1

Let's start by preheating the oven to 400 for the asparagus.

We're going to get the cranberries started because they're going to cook while we cook the protein.

Rinse the cranberries and discard any suspect looking ones.

Put them in a heavy bottomed pot and add about an inch of water to the pot. I was going to say to cover the cranberries but initially they float.

Add the molasses, the honey, the chipotle powder or regular chile powder, the orange liqueur, the cinnamon sticks and the juice from a lime. Also add a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

We're going to bring this up to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer.

2

Once we have our cranberries simmering we'll turn our attention to the asparagus and the protein.

We'll cook the asparagus on a sheet pan in the oven. We're going to quickly snap the tough ends off to the asparagus, toss it with some olive or avocado oil and salt and put on a sheet pan in a 400 degree oven.

3

We'll use a cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet for the protein. The meat will cook pretty quickly - about 3-4 minutes per side. I look for about 120 for Steak and about 130 for Pork Chops because their temps increase while they rest. The time required to cook will be influenced by how long the meat has been out of the fridge and how thick it is.

I usually default to 3 minutes per side and then check the internal temp with an instant read thermometer.

4

Our asparagus should be done about the same time as our meat and the cranberries should be getting close to ready.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

 2 Steaks or Pork Chops - Choose Your Favorite Protein
 1 Bunch of Asparagus
 Salt & Pepper to Taste
 Avocado Oil or Olive Oil to Cook the Steaks or Pork Chops and Asparagus
 3 cups Fresh Cranberries - Rinsed
 ¼ cup Molasses
 ¼ cup Honey
 ½ tsp Chipotle Chile Powder or Regular Chile Powder
 ¼ cup Orange Liqueur Like Triple Sec, Grand Marnier or Mathilde
 3 Cinnamon Sticks
 1 Lime - Juiced
 Enough Water to Cover the Cranberries

Directions

1

Let's start by preheating the oven to 400 for the asparagus.

We're going to get the cranberries started because they're going to cook while we cook the protein.

Rinse the cranberries and discard any suspect looking ones.

Put them in a heavy bottomed pot and add about an inch of water to the pot. I was going to say to cover the cranberries but initially they float.

Add the molasses, the honey, the chipotle powder or regular chile powder, the orange liqueur, the cinnamon sticks and the juice from a lime. Also add a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

We're going to bring this up to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer.

2

Once we have our cranberries simmering we'll turn our attention to the asparagus and the protein.

We'll cook the asparagus on a sheet pan in the oven. We're going to quickly snap the tough ends off to the asparagus, toss it with some olive or avocado oil and salt and put on a sheet pan in a 400 degree oven.

3

We'll use a cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet for the protein. The meat will cook pretty quickly - about 3-4 minutes per side. I look for about 120 for Steak and about 130 for Pork Chops because their temps increase while they rest. The time required to cook will be influenced by how long the meat has been out of the fridge and how thick it is.

I usually default to 3 minutes per side and then check the internal temp with an instant read thermometer.

4

Our asparagus should be done about the same time as our meat and the cranberries should be getting close to ready.

Enjoy!

Spicy, Drunken Cranberries & Protein of Choice
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