Monday, December 21, 2009

Grand Marnier Cranberries and Apples

A couple of nights ago we decided on paninis for dinner and I wanted something light as a side, but I wanted something REAL with a real depth of flavor.  If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you know I love to cook with Grand Marnier.

So I pulled out everything I could find that said Christmas to me. 

1 can jellied cranbrries
Orange Marmalade
Grand Marnier
Cinnamon Sticks
1 winesap apple
Nutmeg













Empty the can of jellied cranberries in a medium pot, add one peeled, cored and cut up the apple, one cinnamon stick, 1 tablespoon orange marmalade, 1 ounce of Grand Marnier, and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg.  Heat over medium-low heat until the jellies have broken down.  Let them hang out so the flavors can marry, at least 20 minutes.

If soup isn't your thing or if you're looking  for a change of pace,
then this is the ticket...gooey, double cream brie with smoked turkey and a side of warm Grand Marnier Cranberries and Apples.  (I put a little EVOO on the bread instead of butter or margarine...makes whole lot of difference.)



 


Just doing what I do, passing along the good stuff!



31 comments:

Debbie said...

Now, do I bath in that vat of sauce or eat it? Cause I could happily go either way here.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Very creative. That sandwich looks awesome too.

I like jellied cranberry sauce and have been thinking that you could do more with it thruout the year.

Thanks for giving me ideas!

Claudia said...

Oh a brie panini with turkey - heaven. And those cranberries and apples - I have all the ingredients.... do I need to make dinner, too?

Chef E said...

Guess what hubby is having for dinner? Thanks for the idea since I am still not feeling well... I wish I could drown my cold in Grand Marnier right now, hold the cranberries and apples please :)

Anncoo said...

I love grand marnier too~ good in cakes and desserts.

buffalodick said...

That looked like a perfect sandwich for tonight!

A Year on the Grill said...

very creative... love the sandwich... Brie makes a great melting cheese!!!

Marguerite said...

Woweeee, both look heavenly! May have to add this cranberry/apple dish to my Christmas buffet! Thanks! Have a very Merry Christmas, cher!

Gladys said...

That looks wonderful. Have you ever put Grand Marnier in your apple pie? TO DIE FOR!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Oh, YUM! I'd like to drizzle that yummy cranberry concoction right over that delicious panini. Wow, what a combination!

Bridgett said...

This is such a creative little sauce. Who can beat Grand Marnier? I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Barbara said...

Terrific! Reminds me a little of one of my favorite open face sandwiches: brie with turkey and apple butter. Now I can try your Grand Marnier cranberries instead of apple butter AND make it a panini, which I love.

Fresh Local and Best said...

That's a very Christmassy chutney! It looks very good!

Marjie said...

I'm just so overwhelmed this week that I can't think up anything! I made ice cream with jellied cranberry sauce last year. It was wonderful!

Velva said...

Wow! This is impressive pull-together meal. The side dish really looks tasty.

April said...

This sounds delish!!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

That looks really good. I like your use of the jellied cranberry sauce. I never buy the stuff because I can never think of something creative to do with it. This is perfect!

;) amy

Debbie said...

It all looks so delicious Katherine...where do I start???

Selba said...

I wish I could find cranberries in my town... looks so good!

Cathy said...

I'll be right over ;)

Chris said...

Alexis is on her way over there.

The Blonde Duck said...

I second Debbie's comment.

Julie said...

Looks beautiful...perfect with those sandwiches. Very nice!

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmm.. the turkey and brie panini sounds perfect with the grand marnier cranberries and apples, excellent!

Lisa said...

Good stuff indeed! Your description is wonderful. Can't wait to try this myself.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That looks incredible, Katherine... I have never had this one before--with the apple in it. YUM!!!!! Thanks for this idea. I LOVE it.

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

highlandsranchfoodie said...

Look at you!!! So creative. Yes, all of these items scream Christmas. The sandwiches look beautiful. I made some panini's a couple of weeks ago, the photos were so horrible I didn't write about it. The bread I used just didn't hold up and they were a gooey mess. Merry Christmas

Joanne said...

Yeah so you definitely can't go wrong with grand marnier and double cream brie in one meal. These are basically two of my favorite things. Amazing dinner.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a delicious combo! I could go for this anytime!

Katy ~ said...

Oh my GOSH does that look amazing. Oh yeah, just slide one of those over my way!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas!