Thankful for Cranberries - Yes, it's a Passion!
Well, it hasn't always been but, it has been for several years now! What happened to bring this passion to light? A big party at the Ritz-Carlton here in Uptown Charlotte!
Several years ago, my husband and I attended a dinner party and had THE most amazing cranberry sauce that was served on the side - to be poured over the turkey. We asked for the recipe and the chef, sadly, never got back to us. The entire table was in love with this sauce - we even had the gravy boat refilled as everyone at the table enjoyed it so.
We couldn't figure out the ingredients but, I was sure I would be able to find the recipe online when we got home. Well, that didn't happen! SO, every Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter since then, I have experimented with the 'basic' recipe - changing out the ingredients in an attempt to discover the perfect ingredients. FINALLY, tonight, I got it RIGHT!! After telling my buddy, Endre Barath, Jr. yesterday about my passion for experimenting with cranberries, this version was born. Endre, you had to have been my good luck charm!
Without further ado, here's the best version that I have been able to put together. It is absolutely wonderful poured over turkey and stuffing as well. ENJOY!
Cranberry Puree Sauce
1 pound (about 4 cups) fresh cranberries, boiled cranberries until soft (10-15 minutes) and drained
1/2 C Whiskey - I used Skrewball (a peanut butter whiskey)
1/4 C Cointreau
½ C Orange Juice
½ C brown sugar
1/3 C maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or you can use 1 t pure vanilla)
½ t maple extract
1/4 t salt
Juice of ½ lemon
1 t cornstarch
Cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes. Emulsify (using an immersion blender) until 'saucy' and ENJOY!
*NOTE: I like to make this the day before and refrigerate to blend the flavors. You can reheat on the stove for about 5 minutes, after bringing to room temperature.
I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving!
© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Thankful for Cranberries - Yes, it's a Passion!
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