Well, it is the week before Thanksgiving and it is time to get started on the planning and preparation for the main event (o.k., I actually got started right after Halloween). Although I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I will still be making the entire meal down to the appetizers for our leftover
One of the most important time saving things I do is make anything that can be prepared ahead of time like, puff pastry, pie crusts, breads, cornbreads, and creamed corn (already in the freezer). And one of those things is my spiced whole berry cranberry sauce. According to this article, cooked cranberries can last up to a month in the refrigerator if stored in airtight container and if any liquor is added it can last up to a year. Thankfully, mine has some Cognac added to it. So, I guess that means I can get ahead start on Thanksgiving 2011!
We love this cranberry sauce and when I am not hosting Thanksgiving, I am always asked to bring it. It is simply a spiced up and boozed up version of the classic. Don't worry, the alcohol is burned off in the cooking process so it is safe for the kiddos to enjoy. It is just the perfect condiment for the Thanksgiving meal, but it is even better in that leftover sandwich. Mmm-- turkey, mayonnaise, cranberry sauce all on a homemade bun. My favorite sandwich of all time! What is your favorite way to use your leftover cranberry sauce? I'd love to know:)
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
makes about 2 1/4 cups
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup Cognac or Brandy
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch of kosher salt
In a medium saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the cranberries have burst and the mixture has thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a bowl to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!
Source: The Galley Gourmet