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Condiment to go with ham and smoked turkey

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  • MelMM Dec 21, 2010 07:19 AM
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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). http://southernfood.about.com/od/sauc...

        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: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

          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.

                      1. re: mamachef

                        you're too funny!

                  2. Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions! Now my problem is not what to make, but choosing among all the options. It all sounds great, and now you've got my creative juices flowing, I keep thinking of new possibilities. I think I'll have to do at least 3 condiments.

                    1. I would mix Stonewall Farms Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam with a spicy brown mustard and maybe ranch dressing too, tasting until it was to my liking.

                      1. I grew up with horseradish with grated beets for color; it's a staple for ham in Polish-Pennsylvanian households, but goes great with all smoked foods. You can find it in most Polish-American stores I'd imagine.

                        1. Onion marmalade (from the My Husband Cooks blog.) I'm putting it on everything right now. Its wonderful.

                          1. A family favorite with ham is to mix a good mustard, with a quality mayonaise, finely chopped green bell pepper, finely chopped onion. There never have been measurments. But the sauce should be the color of egg yolk. More mustard than mayo Let it sit over night. We can't serve ham without it.

                            1. If you can get your hands on it, why not whole wasabi root? It's miles above the powdered and paste-in-a-tube nonsense, in terms of taste. And like Levi's Rye, your food doesn't have to be Japanese to use it as a condiment.

                              1. apples and ham works great together, maybe u can make applesauce or chutney or something with curry.

                                do u want something that take like less then 5 min to make? make some mayo, then take half of it and mix with curry and applesauce/grated apple/honey/chutney or whatever u prefer (and s&p) and the other half mixed with maybe some fresh herbs that u can serve with the turkey.