Now that Halloween has passed, we’ve officially jumped into festive holiday mode. *Cue “All I Want for Christmas Is You“* Haven’t you heard that Mariah Carey is defrosted!? So, keeping in the spirit of the season, we reached out to Pittsburgh chefs and restaurants to see who is offering menu items with one of the most popular winter ingredients: cranberries. Bye bye pumpkin! Well, maybe not totally; we at TABLE do love pumpkin pie…
Start your morning with a candy-like confection. Mediterra uses cranberries, roasted with orange juice, orange zest, and a little bit of sugar to top their French Toast, alongside roasted Soergel Orchards apples and sweetened crème fraîche.
Pasta, with cranberries? Yep, Casbah offers an orecchiette dish with grilled chicken, dried cranberries, Goat Rodeo Chevre, and sage cream.
An easy way to fuel up on veggies is to drink them in a tonic or smoothie. Con Alma’s Cranberry Cocktail is kind of like the same thing, right?
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For a healthy and hearty cranberry dish, dig into The Speckled Egg’s It’s Fall Y’all salad, found at their Downtown location, featuring local greens, farro, roasted sweet potato, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and a red wine vinaigrette.
Another salad option can be found over on the North Side. Fig and Ash’s Kale Salad radiates fall and winter flavors with its mix of squash, apple, cranberry, goat cheese, spiced maple vinaigrette, and sunflower seeds.
Roasting brussel spouts with a balsamic glaze is a popular way to prepare the little green vegetables. Altius takes it to the next level with a cranberry balsamic glaze — the tangy sweetness erasing any bitterness from the spouts. Finish off your meal in Mount Washington with Altius’s Ay cute Yogurt Bowl, a dessert with yogurt and white chocolate crémeux, rosé confit cranberries, caramélisé oat crunch, lemon honey gelée, and cranberry yogurt glacé.
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Always making sure to use fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar utilizes seasonal flavors in its handheld Chicken Salad Sandwich with dried cranberries, pecans, apples, and arugula nestled in between a croissant.
Bistro to Go offers Thanksgiving Pan Pick-ups so that your focus can be on your guests while also serving a delicious, gourmet meal. Several items feature cranberries, including their cranberry chutney and a few different salad selections, like their roasted butternut squash salad, with kale, cranberries, and a pomegranate vinaigrette.
For the sweet potato fans among us, one of Bistro to Go’s take-out options is a Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole. They were kind enough to share the recipe with TABLE readers here.
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