I spent most of my life disliking cranberries and especially sauces. I think that's because my experience with cranberries came mostly from canned sauce or that jellied canned sauce you get at the store. You know the kind, the one where if you open both ends of the can you can slide that stuff out onto a plate in one fell swoop. I never liked it, it tasted like the metal can it came from with too much sugar for my taste. The taste of the berry was gone.
Problem is that my Hubby loves the stuff, especially slathered on a nice chunk of roast Turkey. So I went searching for some form of Cranberry Sauce that would rock his world and actually make me like the stuff.
So I found quite a few different recipes and kind of cobbled together this one which I actually like. Who knew!
1 12 oz package fresh Cranberries
1 Pomegranite, seeded
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 in. Chunk of fresh Ginger, grated
1 Cup Berry Sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 minced Jalepenos
1 finely diced Granny Smith Apple
Put all ingredients except the Apple and Pomegranite into a pot and simmer on the stove for about 15 minutes.
Add the diced apple pieces about five minutes before Sauce is cooked. I like my sauce chunky and I liked that the pieces of apple had held their form during the cooking.
Remove from heat and stir in the Pomegranite seeds into the hot sauce. I sprinkled the whole thing after putting the hot sauce into a bowl with fresh minced Cilantro.
I found these wonderful Artisan baked crisps, Cranberry and Fennel flavoured crackers at our local market. The combination of chewy dried cranberries, spicy fennel seeds and pepper and crunchy cracker was perfect.
I served the Crackers with Double Creme Brie cheese or with a chunk of Blue Cheese.
My favorite combination was the Blue Cheese, Cranberry Sauce on the Crackers.
The tart cranberries, the crunchy crackers and the creamy smooth salty cheese was awesome.
These with a nice glass of red Wine, something bold and jammy! Well, what more could you ask for, except maybe good friends to share it with, good conversation and laughs, making good memories!