Happy Holiday Season! Recipe #1
I am dedicating this week to posting the recipes I recently used for Thanksgiving (after some urging from friends, fans and followers). These recipes are simple and delicious, consistent winners for any special meal! So if you are looking for some slight variations on your standard Holiday menu, tune in this week for some basic (and scrumptious) variations on traditional dishes and start planning your Christmas dinner.
Here is the first recipe! I love this simple twist on an old favorite – especially since cranberry sauce can sometimes be a dish that most people either love or politely refuse. This recipe has turned many a cranberry sauce non-believer into a faithful follower! It has just enough tartness, coupled with the tangy sweetness of apricots and oranges to change anyone’s mind about this traditional holiday dish.
Cranberry Sauce with Apricots
4 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup dried apricots (I slice them into strips to release more flavor)
1 cup golden raisins (or dried cranberries)
1 tablespoon orange peel
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup orange juice
Combine all ingredients in a large pot
Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring.
Lower heat, cover and simmer until cranberries start to pop – about 10 mins. Sometimes, I let it simmer a bit longer to thicken the sauce and intensify the flavors.