Cranberry Mostarda

Cranberry Mostarda
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Cranberry Mostarda

Kathy Bechtel

Cranberry Mostarda

Mostarda in various forms appears all over Italy. It is an "agrodolce" relish (bittersweet, or sweet and sour), most commonly made from fruit, fresh, dried, or candied — quince, pears, apples, even grape must, and mixed with wine and mustard. La Cucina Italiana published a short informative article on the history of mostarda, which apparently was a favorite of Catherine de Medici, who included a jar in her dowry trunk when she travelled to France to marry the son of the king in 1533.

I've made different variations of mostarda on several occasions. Mostarda is customarily served in the fall, often paired with boiled meats. Once I made a batch, I found plenty of ways to use it — you could serve it with grilled or roasted chicken or pork, include it in an antipasti platter, serve it with some great cheeses, or grill some radicchio and brush some on just before serving. Here, I've created a version using native Maine cranberries from Ricker Hill Orchards, perfect for your Thanksgiving table.

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Directions

Place all of the ingredients in a large saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook over low heat until softened and thick, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

84 kcal

Daily value:

4%

Servings:

16
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 5 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 3 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 213 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 33 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 6 mg
  • Vitamin D 13 IU
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 1 µg
  • Alcohol, ethyl 2 g
  • Ash 1 g
  • Aspartic acid 1 g
  • Betaine 1 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 18 mg
  • Carotene, alpha 1 µg
  • Carotene, beta 59 µg
  • Cholesterol 19 mg
  • Choline, total 22 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 13 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 1 g
  • Folate, DFE 37 µg
  • Folate, food 3 µg
  • Folate, total 23 µg
  • Folic acid 21 µg
  • Glutamic acid 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 2 mg
  • Leucine 1 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 22 µg
  • Lysine 1 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 12 mg
  • Niacin 2 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 66 mg
  • Phytosterols 1 mg
  • Potassium, K 118 mg
  • Proanthocyanidin dimers 2 mg
  • Retinol 27 µg
  • Selenium, Se 12 µg
  • Sodium, Na 105 mg
  • Starch 2 g
  • Sucrose 1 g
  • Sugars, total 2 g
  • Water 45 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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