This week, we’re spotlighting recipes from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities (Pam Krauss Books). A longtime columnist for the New York Times and a bestselling cookbook author, Bittman is now the chief innovation officer for Purple Carrot, a plant-based meal-kit enterprise. Try making the recipes at home and let us know what you think!
Cranberry-Yogurt Parfait (Photograph: Yunhee Kim)
By Mark Bittman
In individual glasses, alternate layers of cranberry sauce, plain Greek yogurt, honey, and chopped pecans. Garnish: fresh mint.
Cranberry and Gruyère Grilled-Cheese Sandwich
Spread cranberry sauce on a slice of bread. Top with some slices of Gruyère and a second slice of bread. Butter the outside of the sandwich generously. Cook in a skillet over medium heat until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Mix equal parts gin, Campari, vermouth, and cranberry sauce in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain. Garnish: orange or lemon peel.
Cranberry-Swirl Quick Bread
Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan. Combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse in 4 tablespoons cold butter. Add ¾ cup buttermilk, 1 tablespoon grated orange zest, and 1 large egg; pulse to combine. Pour into loaf pan and swirl in 1 cup cranberry sauce with a knife. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, at least 45 minutes.
Cook chicken parts in butter, rotating and turning as necessary, until browned on all sides; remove from the pan. Add chopped onion, garlic, and fresh ginger and cook until soft. Stir in cranberry sauce and a little chicken or turkey stock or white wine; add the chicken. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, turning the chicken occasionally until it’s cooked through. Garnish: grated orange zest.
Reprinted with permission from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix: More Than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities (Pam Krauss Books).
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