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Can the jellied stuff. It looks funny and no one ever eats it. A good cranberry sauce shouldn’t be an afterthought. There are multiple ways to approach cranberry sauce and pull even more flavor out of this Thanksgiving side dish.
Did you know that cranberry’s grow on the ground and then they flood the ground with water to harvest them? That’s hwy those dudes in those Ocean Spray commercials are standing in water.
Anyway… to make a good cranberry sauce your recipe should fulfill a few basic criteria. Cranberries have a bright, acidic flavor that is perfect for pairing with turkey. Cranberry sauce should be flavorful but not too acidic and not too sweet. Kind of like you.
Check out two recipes to get the party in your mouth started.
Blended cranberry relish recipe
This cranberry sauce recipe creates a thick, relish-like cranberry sauce. Combine all these ingredients in a food processor or blender:
- 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
- One large orange, peeled and separated
- 1 cup sugar or 3/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup orange juice, ginger ale or 2 ounces good-quality whiskey
Cooked cranberry sauce recipe
If you prefer a cranberry sauce recipe that creates more of a dipping sauce, then a cooked cranberry sauce recipe could be perfect for you. In a non-reactive (stainless steel or aluminum) sauce pot over high heat, combine:
- 1 12-ounce bag frozen cranberries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3 cups ginger ale
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- zest of one small orange
Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and let simmer for 45 minutes, or until there is about 2 cups of thickened sauce. Mix with a stick or stand blender. Serve as a dipping sauce.
And gobble up!