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Dec 21, 2010 07:19 AM

Condiment to go with ham and smoked turkey

For Christmas, my mother wants to serve a small ham and smoked turkey breast she got as a gift. I'd like to come up with a condiment or sauce to go along with both. I'm looking for something to be served cold or room temp, that can be made a couple days in advance. Trying to avoid cranberry sauce and its kin. I'd prefer not to have a sweet sauce. Any suggestions?

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  1. I would bring a variety of really nice and contrasting mustards.

    1. I can't think of anything that would go better than a quality stone ground mustard like Inglehoffer, though I am curious as to what others would suggest.

      1. cranberry mustard -- you can buy or blend one yourself, using a dijon, plus whole grain, plus ...(a touch of brandy?), then if you want, you can blend with cream, mayo, or sour cream....

        jezebel sauce is fantastico! (though it is a little sweet).

        a horseradish sauce with cream is good....

        take a ripe avocado to eat with that smoked turkey, too. mmm mmm goood!

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        1. re: alkapal

          Mustard was definitely the direction I was thinking, but I was looking for something a bit more interesting than just straight mustard. The cranberry mustard looks like an interesting possibility, perhaps along with another, contrasting mustard-based condiment, or maybe something herb-based...

          1. re: MelMM

            Yes, that is why I suggested a selection. Have you looked at a mustard section at your local supermarket lately? There are more flavored mustards than one could ever imagine!

            1. re: MelMM

              You can stir fresh dill into quality mustard and it would be lovely. Here's a from-scratch tarragon mustard:

          2. What about some chutneys? A mango chutney would go really well with either meat.

            1. I think a caramelized onion chutney with sage or rosemary would be excellent, and not too sweet. Otherwise, a horseradish cream.

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              1. re: mamachef

                Another chutney fan here! How about an apricot one? Also agree with flavoured mustards - there are so many wonderful mustard recipes.

                1. re: chefathome

                  Fruit chutney is a bit sweeter than I want to go. Caramelized onion, however, might be a nice option. Good stuff folks, keep it coming!

                  1. re: MelMM

                    I was thinking chutney as well but more savory/spicy then sweet. While I do like the mustards a sweet & sour chutney would be a great additional condiment. Especially if you used vinegar, ginger, chilies, etc., similar to Major Grey's.

                    1. re: MelMM

                      My apricot chutney packs quite a kick - it is spicy (jalapeno peppers) with just a hint of sweetness. Good with nectarines and caramelized onions, too. ;-)

                      Roasted garlic basil jelly is lovely with smoked turkey, as are compound butters such as gorgonzola scallion or parsley garlic or herb and lime.

                      I'm getting hungry (as usual) with all your great ideas!

                    2. re: chefathome

                      Just cut up a mixture of onions in medium dice, and toss them with some oil and raisins and rosemary, and bake away........hit it with a shot of Balsamico, a little salt and pepper......hell yeah.