Monday, November 4, 2019

Killer Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger

This cranberry sauce recipe is just in time for your Thanksgiving meal planning. With just four simple ingredients you'll have a festive and delicious side to add to your holiday dinner.

Cranberry sauce is a funny thing.  Do you prefer chunky or jellied? Ask folks and they will have a definite preference.  The response seems to be related to whichever is served at their family's traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  In my family it was always jellied cranberry sauce, sliced perfectly.  It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it.  As a matter of fact, I always refused to eat chunky cranberry sauce, not being able to fathom how I could possibly enjoy chunks in my cranberry sauce.

A Delicious Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Killer Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger
Killer Cranberry Sauce

I'm evidence that you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Yes, sirree.  Several years ago, I decided to step out of my comfort zone by making a chunky cranberry sauce.

Chunky Cranberry Sauce
One bite of this cranberry sauce and I became a lover of chunky cranberry sauce.  The orange and ginger will hook you.  Oh, we still serve the jellied kind at my house, but now there is a choice of either or both.  It's the best of both worlds.

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients
Four Simple Ingredients

Killer Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 navel orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, optional

Grate the zest of the orange and add to a pot with the sugar and the ginger.  Juice the orange and add the juice to the pot with the sugar.

Simmer the mixture over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the cranberries and cook until the cranberries pop.  That usually takes about five minutes.  Add the pecans, if desired, and cool.   I chose not to add nuts to this batch of cranberry sauce.

Cooking Cranberries
Cook until the Cranberries Pop
Of course, this makes the perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving dinner, but it can also be enjoyed beyond your Thanksgiving dinner.

Some ideas for using your cranberry sauce:
  • Spoon warm sauce over vanilla ice cream, or mix in with plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt for a tasty dessert. 
  • Jazz up your deli turkey.  Make a sandwich using the cranberry sauce as your sandwich spread.   
  • Mix 1/4 cup in with your morning oatmeal to put some zip in your morning.
Go ahead and make some of this yummy cranberry sauce today.  You will love it!

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