Mixed feelings about the holidays this year. Every year we travel during the holidays, usually to India. Last year we spent a week in Germany and the rest of the vacation in India. No travel plans this year. Excited that after many years we will be home for the holidays, but will also miss seeing family in India. Am certainly looking forward to lots of parties and pot lucks. There is something magical about a warm home with the aroma of spicy breads and fruit cakes in the oven and snow falling outside. So much to be thankful for....! Cranberry sauce is a must-have with many traditional menus and for the holidays. What are your plans for the holidays ?
I wanted to try cranberry sauce with a hint of spice and a kick of red chili - I was really happy with the outcome.
12-ounce bag of cranberries
1/2 cup honey
2- 3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar, or to taste
two 3-inch cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
3- 4 dried red chili
3/4 cup water
In a saucepan combine the cranberries, the honey, the brown sugar, the cinnamon sticks, the cloves, red chili, and the water and bring to boil, cover, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cranberries have burst and the mixture is thickened.
Let it cool and blend 3/4 of the sauce smooth, mix with the remaining sauce.
The sauce may be made 2-3 days in advance and kept covered and chilled. Serve the sauce at room temperature.