Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Burrito of All Things Winter

Welcome December! It is the FIRST SNOW OF WINTER! Whoa. I had to (wanted to) bust out my snow boots.

I had been dreaming about an autumn wrap of my making but had been too distracted by life (school) and other recipe fancies that I hadn't put it together. But the change of month (December is a big one, the laaast one) put my gears in motion. I literally woke up thinking about seasonal sandwiches. Here's my attempt #1.

The Early Winter Sandwich

1 Cornmeal Tortilla
smeared with Pumpkin Spread
and a dollop of Cranberry Chutney
sprinkled with toasted nuts (1)
and a hefty handful of greens (2)

Cranberry Chutney
Holy cow. This is the absolute best. Caramelized onions are the perfect match for the tartness of cranberries. I would be so satisfied with a vat of this stuff. Nothing more.

1 small onion, chopped (3)
1 clove of garlic, minced (3)
1 T oil
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1 c frozen cranberries (4)
1 c water
1/2 t ground ginger
salt and pepper

Heat oil over medium-low heat.
Add onions and garlic and saute until soft.
Add vinegar, ginger, cranberries and cover.
Lower heat and lightly simmer until liquid evaporates.
Add water incrementally and slowly simmer until desired consistency.
I simmered, covered, for about 45 minutes until very thick and sweet.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Cornmeal Tortillas
Attempt #1. Meaning Fail #1... I do not recommend this recipe AT ALL but I thought I would report my fails as much I would my wins.

1 1/4 c. cornmeal (1)
1 t cumin
1 c. boiling water
1 tsp. salt

Pour boiling salted water over cornmeal and cumin and stir. When cornmeal is cool enough to harden, shape into then flat cakes and cook on an un-oiled hot griddle until brown on both sides. Makes 8 servings.

Pumpkin Spread
1 c roasted pumpkin (5)
2 t oil (I used almond in this recipe)
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t cumin
dash of pepper
1/2 t salt

(1) Earnst Farm
(2) Spinach from Holland, MI
(3) Tantre Farm
(4) Locavorious
(5) from an organic Amish farm but I don't remember the name, unfortunately...