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More Uses for Christmas Marmalade

I’ve always been more of a lemon curd man, but I do enjoy orange marmalade. At least I’ve given that impression to numerous people as I always wind up with a jar or two in my Christmas stocking.  Mrs. E., having had a different sort of foreign upbringing than did I, won’t put sweet on her tartine. That leaves me with a lot of half full jars laying about the refrigerator. No real worry, I suppose, I imagine that Howard Carter snacked on orange marmalade that he found in Tut’s tomb in ’23. The stuff keeps forever and is one of those gifts that keep giving.

Still, I’ve got to make some room somewhere and that lead me to a natural, easy and elegant pairing: pork chops, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and a tablespoon of marmalade. Mix thoroughly. Coat chops, broil under high heat for about 15 minutes, turning once until they look good enough to eat.

I served the chops with Brussel sprouts that were first boiled for 10 minutes and then sautéed with bacon, red onion and a dash of duck fat. A baked apple with butter and allspice rounded out a cold night’s supper. Three dots of Balsamic glaze and some dried parsley strewn about is my attempt at presentation.

It did take the chill out of the air. At least for a bit.

7 thoughts on “More Uses for Christmas Marmalade

  1. I think it would work just as well with chicken as with pork. And you could make an orange/cranberry chutney with some of those jars, also. Yumm

  2. I had not eaten marmalade for decades solely based on a youthful recollection of it being very bitter. A few months ago someone gave us some lime marmalade made by Roses. I liked it and subsequently tried the orange variety. Both are sweet and not bitter at all. The orange goes very nice on toast. I’m looking forward to impressing the Mrs with your pork chop suggestion. Thanks for the tip.

  3. In college we would drink old fashioneds in the winter months stirring in orange marmalade with bourbon, ice and Angostura bitters. Try it next time you’re out of oranges.

  4. Mmmm, orange marmalade on “whole meal” (wheat) toast is a childhood memory. Thanks for reminding me.

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