Cranberry Fig Roast Pork with Cranberry Orange Risotto makes for a perfect Christmas dinner. Serve with vegetables of choice and of course wine and save room for whatever you have planned for dessert. Perhaps a gingerbread house cake? These recipes are made for Discover, a blog by Cost Plus World Market. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market.
Last year I made a showstopper of a cake for Discover, my Gingerbread House Layer Cake with cranberry fig filling. I loved the combination the cranberry chutney with fig jam as the cake filling. I was telling my good friend Gary, the former manager of my local World Market, about this recipe. Sad he moved out of town since I loved talking recipes with him every time I went to the store. He told me that he loved the sound of the cranberry fig combo as well and he and his husband, Leo, made it as a glaze for pork roast and it came out amazing. Christmas had already passed at this point and the cranberry chutney was no longer in the store since it is a seasonal item, so I waited a whole year to make this recipe.
I am not normally one for sweet with pork, I prefer salty, savory, but I now make an exception for this recipe. The tart cranberry chutney mixed with the fig jam goes perfectly with the pork roast. The pork is first seared on a cast iron pan then roasted in the oven to finish, the chutney, jam mixture added towards the end of roasting.
Along with this glorious cranberry fig roast pork, I made a risotto to go along with it. A cranberry orange risotto. I originally was going to make a rice pilaf but when I was in World Market and older Italian gentlemen told me that the best rice imported from Italy was sold there and told me I needed to try it. When I saw it was risotto rice I changed my mind from pilaf. And I am glad I did since Christmas dinner is meant to be a decadent meal, and risotto is usually part of a decadent meal. The risotto is made while the pork is roasting in the oven.
The recipe for this Cranberry Fig Roast Pork and Cranberry Orange Risotto are on Discover, a blog by World Market. Step by step photos and directions are there with the recipe. I hope you enjoy this meal as much as my family and I do.