Monday, November 22, 2010

Cranberry Sauce

For the love of all that is good and tasty, can we all agree to ban the "cranberry log" from our tables this holiday season. Really, there are indentations from the can!!! The really unfortunate thing about the log, is that it only takes ten minutes to make real cranberry sauce that not only tastes better, but actually looks appetizing.  I never ate cranberry sauce until about five years ago, when mom made some from scratch.
Cranberries are in season right now so get local ones if you can, otherwise Ocean Spray distributes nationally.  Fortunately for me, my local supermarket sells Jersey Fresh produce, otherwise many farm markets have them as well.
  • Cranberries
  • Orange Juice
  • Sugar
  • Measuring cups
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Stick Blender (optional)

Making cranberry sauce is simplicity defined. Rinse an bag of cranberries (about 12oz) and put them in a medium saucepan. Add a cup of orange juice and a cup of sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 - 15 minutes depending on how thick you want the sauce to be, cool and serve. The sauce will still be thin when you first take it out of the pan, but it thickens as it cools.

Probably the best part of making your own cranberry sauce is that the above recipe is just a guide. The OJ and sugar are just suggestions. If you like more tart cranberry sauce, use a cup of water and less sugar. Or try pineapple juice, or honey instead of sugar, or half water, and half OJ. My favorite is 3/4 cup OJ and a 1/4 cup Grand Marnier, definitely for adults.

Let us know how you like it, just don't tell me you prefer the log. Enjoy.