Okay, one more recipe before it's time to cook the huge Thanksgiving meal. I've always been repulsed by the sight of a can-grooved blob of cranberry sauce sitting on a plate in the middle of an otherwise delectable smorgasbord. A few years ago, my sister and I decided there had to be a way to make good cranberry sauce from scratch so we bought a bag of cranberries and made up a recipe as we went along. It turned out delicious and we've cooked it every year since then. Here's it is:
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 chopped apple
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Serve slightly warm.
Optional: If you'd like a little spice in your cranberry sauce, add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of ground clove while the sauce is simmering. After removing from heat, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. It's quite tasty!
Have a great Thanksgiving! (And for you non-U.S. residents, enjoy your Thursday and feel free to make cranberry sauce with dinner, too, if you like.)