The other day I was watching a cartoon about Thanksgiving. And on the table were the traditional trimmings, including cranberry "sauce" in the form of a can. I laughed at how traditional that shape, and taste, has become. And I don't know very many people who actually like it... So, a couple of years ago I started making it from scratch. Because everything tastes better homemade than can-made, right? Plus cranberries are just so darn fun to cook ;) This sweet and tart sauce not only tastes great, it's literally a beautiful addition to your plate!
- 1 c. water
- 2/3 - 1 c. unbleached sugar (depends on how sweet you want it)
- 1 bag cranberries, sorted, rinsed and drained
- 1 small bag of frozen raspberries (12 oz)
- zest of one orange
- juice of 1 small lemon
- dash or two of nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt
- Combine water and sugar in saucepan, bring to a boil.
- Add cranberries and bring back to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add raspberries, orange zest, lemon juice and spices. Stir well and remove from heat.
When using a full cup of sugar, it tends to be a bit too sweet for my taste. Which means it's probably about perfect for the majority of America ;) This makes a relatively huge batch, so I love to freeze what's left and use it as jam. Leftover turkey sandwiches will never be the same! *B