Monday, November 21, 2011

Blue Cranberry Sauce

Poor cranberry sauce is so low on the list when it comes to Thanksgiving Dinner.  It's been relegated to a jiggly can-shaped mass that gets picked at out of politeness.

But, not any more!  This cranberry sauce is jazzed up with blueberries, cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla.  It sounds a bit crazy, but it definitely brings poor cranberries out of their doldrums.  And the color is such a gorgeous addition to your table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blue Cranberry Sauce
adapted from Allrecipes

12 oz. fresh cranberries
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pint (16 oz.) blueberries

Wash and pick over cranberries. Place in a medium saucepan with water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until cranberries burst. Slightly mash the cranberries with the back of a wooden spoon to ensure all skins are broken. Add the spices and vanilla and mix well. Remove from heat and mix in the blueberries; don’t be afraid to break a few, but don’t overmash. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Transfer to a bowl, cool slightly, and place plastic wrap directly on the sauce to cover. Serve warm or refrigerate until chilled.

Note: This can be made up to three days ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

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