Winter Olympic Special: Cranberry Chicken Satay and Falafel Lollies

Exciting week ahead for the sports fans.With Winter Olympics at Vancouver starting next Friday(Feb. 12th) ,now is the time to start thinking about ways to cheer on your favorite player or team.May the best teams win.
Very close to the home of Winter Olympics 2010,Vancouver Canada,is Richmond that is also home to one of the largest group of Cranberry farms( more than 60 family-owned farms), the majority of which are part of the Ocean Spray Cooperative.What better fruit than healthy versatile cranberries, to honor the winter games and the Cranberry farmers of the region.For the love of cranberries,don't miss the 13 Million Cranberries Spectacular Tribute in Front of the Richmond Olympic Oval,a special display to honor the Olympics,by Ocean Spray and Richmond’s cranberry growers ,in the shape of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s logo.

Now for the appetizing game time foods enriched by Canada's own Cranberries,the Cranberry Chicken Satay and Falafel Lollies.

Cranberry Chicken\Turkey Satays
Satay/Sate ,the succulent meatie appetizer and popular street from South east Asia(Thailand,Indonesia,Vietnam and Malaysia),is also a favorite game time snack on the stick.Thin strips of spiced meat are woven on the skewers ,grilled and enjoyed with a peanut dip.
Recipe adapted from Cranberry Turkey Satays .Find more cranberry recipes at
2/3 cup Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce or Homemade Cranberry sauce(see recipe below)
1 lb boneless, skinless Organic\Free range chicken or turkey breast
1/3 cup peanut butter or 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
4 teaspoon soy sauce
4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 garlic cloves, minced
1 thumb-size piece galangal or ginger, peeled and minced
1/4 of thumb-size piece fresh turmeric, or 1/2 teaspoon
turmeric powder
1/2 Teaspoon each of ground coriander and cumin
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or 3 dry red chillies
chopped cilantro, to taste
24 bamboo or metal skewers

Homemade Cranberry sauce
2 cups Ocean Spray Cranberries
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoon agave nectar
To make the sauce:Bring cranberries, water and Agave nectar to a boil on medium heat, reduce temperature to simmer for 5 to 6 minutes until cranberries pop and the sauce thickens,about 15-20 minutes.

Combine Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce(or home made cranberry sauce), peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and pepper flakes in a blender container. Cover and blend 30 seconds or until well mixed. Reserve 1/2 cup. Stir cilantro into remainder and set aside

Cut chicken or turkey breast crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Combine turkey and the 1/2 cup cranberry mixture in medium mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Soak bamboo skewers in water 30 minutes.

Thread chicken or turkey onto skewers. Broil or grill until turkey is no longer pink inside, turning once. Brush reserved cranberry cilantro mixture over satays and serve any remaining sauce as dip.

Baked Fat-free Cranberry Falafel Lollies with Hummus

A Vegan crunchy appetizer from Middle East,which can also be made fat free by baking them.Served with creamy hummus you'd want to make these more often.
Make about 24 falafels
1/2 cup Ocean Spray cranberries
2 cups Chickpeas ,soaked over night and drained
1/4 cup mint, or cilantro or parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic clove,peeled
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder or seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder or seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Mix and blend chickpeas,cranberries, Mint, garlic, cumin, coriander and salt,until smooth,don't add any water.

Preheat oven to 350F.Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and shape in balls.Lay on baking sheet.Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.Keep warm in oven until time to serve along with Hummus dip.I had these fancy drink mixers that were perfect to mount on the falafel to make an easy pick and dip appetizer.You could also use wooden toothpicks.

The post is my contribution for the Blogger aid Changing the Face of Famine :Culinary Olympics 2010

Which team will you be cheering this Winter Olympics?


Two lovely recipes!


Asha said…
Satay chicken and Falafel are my fave, looks so perfect, specially the Falafel.
Anu said…
Satay chicken and falafel looks delicious... Never tried falafel in home will try soon.. Thanks for the recipe..
Great presentation.Superb...
Sharmila said…
Those falafel lollies look so novel. And baking them is a good idea. Chicken satay is my fav. :-)
Cham said…
Flavorful satay! I feel tasty with the dip!
Arlette said…
this is one delicious meal my friend. Never tried baked falafel before, did it stay crunchy ??? this is very interesting.

thanks for sharing
Priya Suresh said…
Such a tempting chicken satay, looks fantastic..

Baked falafel looks tremendous and lovely clicks Yas..
Faiza Ali said…
the satay look soo tempting...and WOW!! falafel lollies, that too baked looks awesome..Will try baking them next time.
Dori said…
Wow, this is so innovative, nothing I would have ever thought of but sounds wonderful :)
Wow the lollies and satay both are fabulous.. cute click yasmeen. I always adore ur clicks..
Rachana said…
Falafels look great and the cranberry sauce looks simply delicious:)
Perfect snack to munch on during the olympics time... the dip looks very interesting!!!
Gita Jaishankar said…
Chicken satay sounds and looks so tempting...I love the lollies...they look so cute Yasmeen :)
Anonymous said…
The cranberry satay is a terrific idea and I love the falafels!
PJ said…
cranberry satay is such a wonderful idea! love all the pics and the recipes.. you surely are a very talented cook, Yasmeen!
Chef Jeena said…
Mmmmm chicken satay and great idea with the yummy falafels.
Finla said…
I think i will have both chicken satay and the falafel.
Rahin said…
Chicken satay with cranberries,should be delicious, looks them and the lollies, v cute n beautiful
giz said…
What a gorgeous and healthy entry. Thanks for playing - i'm embarassed to say i didn't know about the cranberry growers being so large. i'm assuming this dish is representing Canada - is that correct?
Yasmeen said…
Thank you all :D
Yes Giz,the dish represents Canada for the culinary Olympics :D
Sandy said…
The Satay look fantastic.I'm making it for the super bowl nite.
MaryMoh said…
Love both dishes. We always eat our satays with spicy peanut sauce but your cranberry sauce looks delicious too.
tasteofbeirut said…
I love those two recipes, mainly because of the fact that they both include cranberries and are light and easy! Great take on the traditional falafel Yasmeen.
I am afraid I won't be cheering much. Sports bore me, except the occasional tennis match.
Cynthia said…
The cranberry sauce is a stroke of genius!
Arabic Bites said…
I love those little Falafel...YUM :D
Anonymous said…
Hi Yasmeen :),
just now I've read about satay in another blog,and now here you offer us a recipe.How nice :) and what a good idea to use cranberries,too.This recipe really shows your talent.
Cherine said…
Falafel is my favorite. Interesting recipes :)
Joanne said…
I'm pretty sure I'm in love with this cranberry/peanut satay combination. I actually can't think of anything that would appeal to me more.
Namitha said…
Both looks fantastic..thanks for this Winter Olympic special treats !!
ARUNA said…
tempting recipes......never tried either of them.....awesome clicks!
Kerstin said…
What yummy appetizers! I especially love those falafel bites. We love falafel but I've never attempted to make it at home before - I'll have to do so!
dining sets said…
These are two nice recipes that are loaded! I would like to make some for my family! I never thought of falafel.
giz said…
It all sounds so delicious Yasmeen. Falafels are a personal favourite as well as cranberries. Thanks for participating in the Culinary Olympics!!!!
prashant said…
Flavorful satay! I feel tasty with the dip!

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Sadia Naseeb said…
Falafel looks picture perfect !! never had cranberries..the combo sounds interesting.
Looks palatable! I must try this. Thanks for sharing. ~ Dining Table
Yes I've tasted them...They are really delicious.
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