1、Cranberry & red wine sauce

Keep this Christmas-spiced cranberry sauce in the fridge for up to a week before the big day

Cranberry & red wine sauce recipe

Ingredients

Method

Bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid has reduced by half. Add the cranberries and cook for 5 mins or until the cranberries burst and start to look jammy. Set aside to cool. Can be frozen or spoon into a jar and keep in the fridge for up to a week.
https://www.truecookbook.com/recipe/cranberry-red-wine-sauce-6757/

2、Roast duck legs with red wine sauce

It's almost impossible to overcook duck legs - so try this rich, slow-roasted dish
Roast duck legs with red wine sauce recipe

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the duck legs in one layer in a roasting tin on a bed of rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves. Sprinkle with salt and five-spice powder. Roast for 1 hr.
  2. Bring the wine and jelly to a gentle simmer, stirring to dissolve the jelly, then continue to simmer for 5 mins. When the duck has been cooking for an hr remove from the oven and spoon off almost all the fat (save it for roast potatoes), then pour the wine mixture around it and return to the oven for 10-15 mins to finish cooking and reduce the sauce.

3、Pumpkin, cranberry & red onion tagine

Comfort food without the calories, easily doubled or tripled to feed a crowd
Pumpkin, cranberry & red onion tagine recipe

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the onions until lightly coloured. Add ginger, pumpkin and spices, stir, then add honey, passata and cranberries. Bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat, cover, then simmer for 20 mins until the pumpkin is tender. After 10 mins, stir in the chickpeas. (If the mixture is a little thick, you can loosen it with some vegetable stock.)
  3. Meanwhile, tip the couscous, stock granules and lemon zest into a heatproof bowl. Pour over 300ml boiling water, stir briefly and cover with a plate. Leave for 5 mins. Tip in the lemon juice, almonds and remaining tbsp oil and fluff up with a fork. Scatter the coriander over the tagine and serve with the couscous.

4、Steaks in red wine sauce

A quick and special way to enjoy the ultimate steak - Brian Glover's red wine sauce adds a rich touch
Steaks in red wine sauce recipe

Ingredients

Method

  1. Season the steaks with black pepper. Heat a large non-stick frying pan until really hot, and cook the steaks for 2-3 minutes, without moving them. Sprinkle with salt, turn over and cook for 2-3 minutes more; keep warm.
  2. Turn down the heat and fry the chopped shallots in the butter until softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in the red wine, add the thyme and reduce by two-thirds. Stir in the redcurrant jelly, mustard and salt and pepper. Return the steaks to the pan, heat through in the sauce and serve.

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