Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cranberry Sauce with a kick

 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.

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  1. Delicious sauce Simi and this year even we are not visiting India :( makes me sad but like u said lots to be thankful for and we made the decision to spend Christmas alone and just the 2 of us, so it better be special... Beautiful clicks indeed and i love the cranberry red very christmassy

  2. Spiced cranberry sauce sounds very interesting,lovely color..yum

  3. Unfortunately we dont get this fresh cranberries, love that kick of red chilly here, can guess how spicy and tasty this sauce will be.

  4. I love the addition of heat here...looks fantastic!

  5. A little bit of this cranberry sauce on an after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich - I'm all in! I'll be trying this one for certain!

  6. My Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is always an indian spiced chutney! It's the only way to go! :)

  7. oh my this recipe looks so delectable. I have a bag cranberry in my fridge chilling, should go and make this right now


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