Ham, Green Beans, Cranberries & A Very Happy Birthday Dinner

My Hub-E is always so thoughtful and wanted to make my favorite foods for my birthday dinner.  He has made so many fabulous meals that I didn’t know what to choose.  We started flipping through our magazines and a picture of a ham came to the page, that was it!!

ham Riesling

Braised Haricots Verts with porcini and pine nuts (aka – green beans with porcini, pine nuts and goat cheese) Cuisine at Home – December 2010
Baked Ham with agave-orange glaze – Cuisine at Home April 2011

Sur la Table Pinot Noir Cranberry Sauce:

1 T vegetable oil

2 cups cranberries (about 8 ounces)

1 T minced fresh ginger

2 cups Pinot Noir or other dry red wine

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 T chopped crystalized ginger

1 t curry powder

Large Pinch of Chinese Five-Spice Powder

Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add cranberries and fresh ginger; stir until cranberries begin to burst, about 3 minutes.  Add wine and sugar; boil until mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes.  Add crystalized ginger, curry powder and five-spice powder.  Season with salt and pepper. (can be made 3 days a head of when needed if covered and chilled.)

Paired with 2007 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium Riesling:  Peterson’s Wine store $10.99

I really thought this was going to be a good pairing, which it was with the green beans with the goat cheese, but it was too sweet for the ham.  I thought it was going to cut the fat in the ham, but I didn’t chose my riesling correctly.  Good wine, but was too floral for the entire dish.


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