11/21/14

Crazy for Cranberries

Cranberry sauce has always been my favorite thing about the Thanksgiving meal. For years I thought cranberry sauce was that jelly stuff from can. Then one year I decided to make my own and I have never looked back! Fresh homemade cranberry sauce is super easy to make.  So here is how I made my homemade cranberry sauce:
 
 1.  First I use a grater or micro plane to get about 2 tablespoons of orange zest . It’s the oils in the colorful skin of citrus fruits that add so many flavors, be careful when you are zesting that you do not get the white part of the orange because this can taste really bitter.
2.  Second step is- I cut the orange and squeeze the juice from each half into my sauce pan. Add ¾ cup of sugar, ½ cup of water, and a pinch of salt
3.  Third step is to -Bring it to a boil, and then you will add 1-2 bags of fresh cranberries (you can find these in the produce department of United or Market Street). Add your orange zest. Reduce the heat to medium and gently boil until most of the cranberries burst open.
4.  Remove it from the heat and I usually put it in the serving dish I plan to use on Thanksgiving, cover it, and place it in the fridge.
 
One thing that makes this great is that you can make it a few days before Thanksgiving! That’s one less thing you have to worry about on the day of and you can be super proud because your guest will appreciate the flavorful sauce and the health benefits that they will get! Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C and fiber, plus they contain a powerful flavonoid that can help improve your overall heart health and prevent certain infections.
 
Fresh, homemade cranberry sauce is so versatile! You can use it as an appetizer for your guests by drizzling it over cream cheese and serving with crackers.  . 
Then for your Thanksgiving dinner, use as a garnish on your turkey.
  
 
Your homemade cranberry sauce can even be used the day after Thanksgiving!  Using your leftovers you can make a turkey and cheese panini using the cranberry sauce as the spread.
 
On behalf of all of the Market Street Dietitians, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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