Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tart cranberry dipping sauce and jam

Tart Cranberry Dipping Sauce
1 lb frozen cranberries
2 cups orange juice
3 cups ginger ale
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 orange, zested

Combine ingredients in non reactive saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes, until liquid is reduced by half.
Carefully puree until smooth. Check seasoning. Serve in small ramekins with turkey. Reserve leftover (not used for dipping) for jam recipe below.

Tart Cranberry Jam 
(for turkey sandwiches!)

2 cups tart cranberry dipping sauce (above)
4 ounces ginger ale
1 cup sugar

Combine all the ingredients into a small, non-reactive saucepan.
Bring to a simmer and reduce by two-thirds or until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of a loose jam. Remember to keep the heat low to prevent the jam from burning. Store in fridge.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cranberry Fennel stuffing

Haven't tried this, but want to.

10 cups day old french sourdough bread, cubed (1 inch)
6 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
2 lbs sweet italian sausage
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 cups peeled and chopped onions
2 fennel bulbs, cored, trimmed, cut into 1/4 inch dice
2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups coarse chopped walnuts
zest of 2 oranges
2 tsp dried sage leaves
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chicken brother

Toss bread cubes with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 on 2 baking sheets for 15 minutes until lightly toasted. Let cool, put in bowl.

Cook sausage in 2 tbsp oil in skillet for 20 minutes, drain off fat. Put in bowl with bread cubes

Place remaining oil and butter in saucepan and cook onions and fennel for 10 minuets over medium low heat. Add cranberries, cook 5 more minutes. Fold into bread cubes with other ingredients, drizzling on broth 1/2 cup at time to moisten. Adjust seasonings, let cool completely before stuffing turkey.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Apricot Orange Stuffing

The only stuffing my husband has ever liked.

12 cups cubed sourdough bread
2 Tbsp dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, halved
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 lbs turkey sausage or sweet Italian pork sausage
2 Tbsp butter
4 cups chopped onions
4 cups chopped celery
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp dried sage leaves, crumbled
2 diced (1/2 inch) Granny smith apples
1 cup dried cherries
2 cups chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350. Toss bread with thyme, salt, pepper and half oil. Spread on baking sheets and bake until golden, 15-20 minutes. Place in a bowl.

Bring the apricots and orange juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and reserve.

Brown sausge in a skillet, transfer to bread bowl with slotted spoon.

Place remaining oil and butter in a pot and wilt the onions, celery, garlic and sage over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring. Add mixture to bread along with apples, cherries, apricots, and orange juice. Toss well.

Drizzle the chicken broth all over to moisten as desired, adjust the seasonings. Cool completely before stuffing the turkey.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread or muffins

3 cups flour
1 Tbsp + 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/4 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger & allspice)
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1 cup cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans or spray muffin tins. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in separate bowl, ebat until just blended. Add to flour mixture, stir until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon into pans.

Bake loaves for 60-65 minutes or muffins for 15-20 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.


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