Cranberry Chipotle Relish
In short, The Neelys know how to entertain, and they know how to do it every month of the year—soul food style. From Easter to Mother’s Day to Girls’ Night, to Thanksgiving, of course, they’ve covered it (their personal tips on entertaining included). I was especially excited by their “Memphis Fried Turkey,” which you must check out if you get your hands on a copy.
2 tablespoons butter
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 cup golden raisins
12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 chipotle pepper packed in adobo, minced
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it foams. Toss in the shallot, and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Season the shallot with a touch of salt. Stir in the raisins, cranberries, orange juice, water, sugar, and chipotle pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring on occasion, for 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until ready to serve.
Originally featured in The Thanksgiving Lowdown