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Friday, 23 December 2011

Red Current Relish

The best loved Red Current Relish
To me, this relish resembles the very essence of the festive season. The spices and the aromas of this relish will  make your whole house smell festive. Red current relish is the perfect accompaniment to roasted turkey, it brings out the flavours of the turkey while tremendously enhancing them with its own. It adds crunch to the texture and smoothness from the burst red currents, also moistens the meat with the reduced spiced orange juice. It is truly Divine!

Fresh Red Currents
Red current relish is a perfect accompaniment to poultry, even outside the festive season. It's fruitiness and flavours pair very well with Chicken, Duck and especially Quails. On many Occasions, I have roasted whole quails, then drained the relish to separate the juice from the flesh (the red currents and nuts). Tossed the roasted quails in the juice of the relish, and placed the flesh inside the cavity of the roasted quails and garnished with some of the relish flesh along with a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh parsley. It is a signature dish, that my friends very frequently request that I cook for them. Give it a try and see for yourself how well it is received.

Very simple to make yet intriguing for your taste buds, give this red current relish a try and you will be happy you did. For best results use the best quality fresh ingredients, they make all the difference to the overall flavours.

You Need
1 cup Fresh Orange Juice
Rind of 1 orange
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3 cups fresh red currents
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans


In a heavy saucepan, place the orange juice, sugar and spices stir well, and place over medium heat, stir - with wooden spoon - until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the red currents and raisins and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook stirring frequently until the red currents are softened and the juice reduced and thickened.


Remove from heat, stir in the pecans. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours for all the flavours to steep together. Serve along side roasted turkey, chicken or any gamy meats... and be ready for the showers of compliments :) For best results, serve along side my Apple Brined Turkey


It is customary to serve sauces like cranberry sauce, cherry sauce...etc why not go with a different option this year? What is on your Christmas Dinner Menu this year? Leave me a comment and let me know, I love to hear about what everyone is cooking!


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your families; 
with love from my kitchen to yours :)

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