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Cranberry-Orange Sauce with Fresh Pear – Recipe!

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Is Cranberry Sauce a side dish or a condiment?  I guess it depends upon how much you like it.  If you take a really big helping, does it fall into the same category as mashed potatoes, dressing or creamed corn?  I don’t know – Cranberry Sauce is it’s own unique bowl of berries that not only compliments most things on your Thanksgiving plate, but it actually has real purpose – it cuts the richness from the other foods.

Cranberries are super tart as you must know and the acid highlights the flavors of the entire meal.  I think this sauce should have a much bigger priority on the menu than it does on most tables, and it definitely needs to be made from scratch.

Omit those jello-o like cans of squishy red stuff – they are so passe’.  I never really understood what’s to like even as a child, the long cylinder sauce that jiggled out of a can with permanent rings around it just sat there and stared at me.

However, when you put together a few cups of fresh cranberries, a little sugar and some orange juice and zest – it changes the entire situation.  This year, I folded a fresh pear into the mix to mellow things out a  bit.  I think it gives the Cranberry Sauce nice balance – I think you will agree.

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Ingredients

3 cups fresh cranberries

1 cup granulated sugar

zest of 1/2 an orange

1 cup orange juice

1 pear, peeled and diced

(Serves 8)

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To Prepare:

  1. In a saucepan, add all ingredients except diced pear.  Place pan over medium-high heat and cook for 4 minutes, until you hear cranberries begin to pop.
  2. Stir sauce and reduce heat to medium.  Cook for 3 minutes and turn off heat.  Let sauce rest in pan for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour into a heat-proof bowl and let rest on counter until room temperature.  Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.  You can prepare up to 4 days ahead.  Enjoy!

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