Cranberry _________ ?

It's that time of the year again... seems about the only time we think of them.

Time for cranberries.

For quite some time now I've been making a hot cranberry-apple salad for Thanksgiving dinner. It's a recipe I got from my Grandmother and it's awesome. One of the best things about it is that it also make a great dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. However, I'm not making it this year. Our Thanksgiving celebration coincides with a birthday and we're having cake so we don't really need another super-sweet thing like dessert.

I'm still going for something cranberry but I don't know what yet. A relish on the side or something. Something to mix in to give stuff that cranberry zing. I only have two days to figure it out. I'm leaning toward a cranberry-orange relish or spiced cranberries (clove, cinnamon, brown sugar sauce.) Maybe I'll make two. Just some things that will hang up on the side of the plate next to the turkey or dressing for you to dab in to when you want to mix it up a bit.

If you have any suggestions please post them in comments or drop me a line.


laura said...

on a recent visit to my mom's, i spent most of the time watching food network. how about deep fried cranberry sauce fritters? paula deen had a show that was all deep fried stuff for t-day. yeah, she also battered and deep fried a freakin' cake.

Kim said...

I'm making Orange Cranberry Sauce for our Yankee Swap.

8 ounces frozen or fresh whole cranberries
1/2 navel orange, zested
1 whole navel orange, juiced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until cranberries begin to break down and water evaporates, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before serving.


Unknown said...

The deep fried cranberry sauce fritters sound wonderful.

Unknown said...

A restaurant up here makes a relish with cranberries, horseradish, & nuts that tastes fantastic. Sounds strange but it is really, really good. I've been planning to try and duplicate it. Might be worth an experiment.