Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

Though I really did not care for cranberry sauce as a kid, over the years, I actually came to love it, whether it be the canned type in gel form or the kind w/ chunks. Which ever kind, I just needed it right next to my turkey, stuffing and gravy. But once I ran across this recipe from Allrecipes, there was no going back. And it is totally true to its name: Cranberry Sauce EXTRAORDINAIRE! It's become a standard for my Thanksgivings and when I host my family for one of my favorite holidays of the year, I make a double batch 'cause they always gobble it right up!

Rinsing off the craberries in my handy dandy expanding colander. Best.purchase.ever.

Choppin' up those fruits. Ooops! I just realized I forgot to add the oranges - DOH!

All chopped up and brewing stewing simmering away.
My Epicurean Adventures: Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire
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Ok, like I said, I just realized as I was typing this up that I forgot to add oranges! But it totally passed my earlier taste-test (with flying colors), so I think I'll just leave as is. This year, I'm gonna just leave well-enough alone. :)

Just a couple things to note about the recipe:
It really doesn't need 1 whole cup of sugar. In fact it's a little overkill, especially with all that fruit in there already. I usually use 1/2 to 2/3 cups. And I made this without pecans because of my girls' food allergies, but by all means, add them in if you can. They add a wonderful subtle crunch. Mmmmm.

One last thing: this stuff freezes GREAT! You can make it way ahead of time so you have one less thing to mess with on Thanksgiving Day. Or sometimes I make extra just to freeze for later. You can thaw it in the fridge a day or two before you need it or thaw it on the counter same-day and it's ready to go since you can serve it cold, or room temp or even warm if you prefer. Just LOVE this stuff!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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