Well, I think I’ve recovered from Thanksgiving, how about you? It’s time to dive into Christmas!
Luckily, I doubled recipes like mashed potatoes, wild rice dressing and cranberry sauce, so those things are ready for the big day. Although, I’ve never frozen cranberry sauce before; we’ll just have to see how it turns out. We’ll have turkey again because it’s a family favorite. Now for the fun stuff!
What are your family’s favorite holiday dishes?
I love cooking the cranberry sauce. As the berries burst, the color bursts, too, but the orange makes all the difference in the flavor of this sauce.
Pic 1) Always rinse and pick through the cranberries. Throw away any soft or wilted ones. It’s also a good idea to wash your fruit with a little soap and rinse well in cool water. It’s especially important if using the zest, and to buy organic whenever possible.
Pic 2) Gather the ingredients: cranberries, an orange, and sugar
I love the visual detail at this step. The berries begin to burst as they simmer in the sugar and orange juice. You can see that the liquid is just a little thicker than water. It’s becoming a syrup, and will soon thicken the juice that comes from the cooking cranberries.
Just look at that color! I love the look of the bright jewel red in a white bowl. And all you have to do is cook and stir.
Orange Cranberry Sauce
In our house, this recipe makes the difference between sauce that gets eaten and sauce that gets thrown out. It is tart, even with the sugar. And it’s fantastic on cold turkey sandwiches, or mixed with a creamy dressing, such as ranch for a green salad.
- 12 oz pkg fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 lg orange, zest and juice (may need an additional ½ cup juice)
- Place ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low/medium-low.
- Simmer approximately 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cranberries should pop and sauce begin to thicken. If it looks too thick, add another ½ cup orange juice in last 5 minutes.
- Chill until within ½ hour of serving. Can be served at room temperature or chilled.
So, does your family eat cranberry sauce, or just put it on the table as a decoration? And how about some side dishes? Like I asked at the beginning, what are your family’s favorite holiday dishes?
I ask twice because I really want to know!
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