Monday, November 19, 2012
Don't Forget the Cranberry Sauce!
I've been making homemade cranberry sauce for our holiday meals for as long as I can remember. I was given a traditional family recipe to make when I was around 10. Over the years I've switched it up a little here and there. In the past I would add fresh raspberries (which I still think is great) but last year I tried adding some fresh chopped pear. The fresh pears complement the cranberries so well! I absolutly enjoyed the different texture. I was so pleased that I will be doing it again this year.
If you've never had homemade cranberry sauce you should give it a try. It doesn't take long to make and it is so much better than the stuff from the can! You can even make it a few days in advance. (Dontcha just love make in advance recipes!) Give it a try, you're family will be so impressed by your fancy skills! Enjoy!
Pear Honey Cranberry Sauce
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup +/- water
1/2 cup white sugar
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
In a medium saucepan, add together OJ, sugar, pears, cranberries and enough water to just come to the top of the fruit. Cook over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Cook, stirring frequently for 3 minutes, add honey and cinnamon. Continue to cook until cranberries pop and the mixture thickens slightly, about 5-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Cool to room temperature, then store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.