One of my favorite holiday dishes is homemade cranberries. They are really so simple to make, I am not sure why anyone would buy them in the can. I make mine very simple, with just the addition of a little orange zest. You can adapt this recipe by adding nuts, chopped fruit or a little ginger.
1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
Rinse: Clean cranberries with cool water, discard stems.
Boil: Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Add: Stir in cranberries. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat.
Zest: Add the zest of an orange to the berries and blend well.
Chill: Pour sauce into bowl or container. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled. Can be made the night before.
Here are a few ideas for leftover Cranberry Sauce….
Ice Cream: Warm on the stovetop and spoon over ice cream.
Muffins: Add a scoop to homemade muffins.
Salsa: Add to hot salsa! so yummy.
Cheese and crackers: Add a dollop to goat or cream cheese.
Oatmeal: Add some nuts and cranberry sauce to oatmeal.
Cranberry Bars: Make like lemon bars – just substitute the cranberries for lemon.
Add your ideas in the comments!