The health benefits of cranberries are mostly associated with reducing the risk or recurrence of urinary tract infections. Recent studies have shown that some of its polyphenols, proanthocyanins and flavonoids, may help reduce cavities through several mechanisms of action. This small fruit, native to eastern North America, was used long ago by Native Americans for its health benefits. Cranberries were used, among other things, to cure the first settlers from scurvy.
For more than 10 years now, scientific studies have emphasized their ability to reduce the risk of cancer, in prevention or by reducing the capacity for tumor development. Cranberries may help prevent several types of cancer due to their high concentration of polyphenols.
While valuing homegrown berries, we figured their gorgeous red color, which adds to their health benefits, might help you decorate a dish that’s as delicious as it is good for you.
– 4 skinless chicken thighs, 1 large turkey breast cut in half from the side, 4 to 6 skinless chicken breasts or 4 to 6 duck breasts
– A little flour to taste
– 2 to 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
– 1 sprig of rosemary (optional, but suggested)
– 2 medium chopped onions
– 2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries
– 1/2 cup of cider or white wine + 1/2 cup of apple juice (or) 1/4 cup of red wine or balsamic vinegar + 1/4 cup of cider or white wine + 1/2 cup of apple juice
– 2/3 cup of maple syrup (regardless of the cooking liquid chosen)
– Salt and pepper to taste
– A pinch of ground clove (or) ground allspice
– A few thick slices of brie or camembert (optional, but recommended)
– Steamed green or yellow beans
– Mashed sweet or white potatoes
– Mushrooms of your choice sautéed in olive oil
– Cooked brown or multigrain rice
- Please dry your chosen pieces of poultry well, then lightly flour in order to absorb as much moisture as possible. This will allow your poultry to brown well when you sear it.
- Mince the onions, then begin to establish the desired braising liquid. Take out a non-stick skillet to cook the chicken, turkey or duck. In about two tablespoons of vegetable oil, fry your pieces until golden brown on each side, then set aside.
- In a glass, Pyrex-style dish, arrange the chicken, turkey or duck on the bottom with all the other recipe ingredients on top. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then roast it for an hour in the oven or until the cranberries are bursting.
- While the dish cooks, think about the sides to offer, and prepare so that it is are ready with your divine poultry casserole.
- For an even more decadent pleasure, add the slices of brie or camembert during the last ten minutes of cooking. You’ll have to double or even triple this delicious recipe if you are receiving guests. Bon appétit everyone, and don’t forget to buy some extra cider or sweet white wine for added enjoyment.
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