My problem is I always want to try new recipes this time of the year but it gets hard when there are so many family members around and wanting some of the traditional items on the table. Now and again I just slip something in or just tweak a current recipe.
I also know that cranberries are not everyones cup of tea. As a kid I didn't like the tartness of them but as an adult, I can't get enough. I love making fresh cranberry sauce. It's probably one of the easiest items to make for your table and one of the quickest. Many people shy away thinking that it is too complicated. It is not, really. You can throw everything into a sauce pan, set it at a simmer and forget about it for 20 minutes. Not only will it taste great but the wonderful aroma will fill your house with joy.
There are so many ways for making cranberry sauce, you can use port wine and orange juice. Try using pineapple juice or apple juice instead.
I'm just going to present one way of making it here, if you would like others, leave a comment below.
2 cups Fresh Cranberries
1/2 cup Pomegranate juice
1/2 Orange cut in half
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/2 tsp Cinnamon or a small Cinnamon stick
3-4 Fresh Mint Leaves, chopped fine
Wash the cranberries and pick out any that are spoiled
Add all ingredients to a sauce pan including the orange quarters, squeeze the juice into the pan and then drop the entire quarters in and set to simmer
If you like a sweeter cranberry sauce, add 3/4 cup sugar instead of the 1/2 cup
Let simmer until juice becomes a syrup, about 20-25 minutes
During the simmer, stir every 5 minutes to ensure it is not sticking to the bottom of the pan
Most of the cranberries will burst, I like having some whole but you can use a masher to pop all the cranberries
Take out the oranges and discard (discard the cinnamon stick also if used)
Serve warm or cold
Can be made two days in advance
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It's the one you have,