Even though it’s fall, it feels like winter in so many places. Next to spring, fall is my favorite season of the year. It’s the time of year that I want to settle into a comfortable chair, sip a hot cup of freshly steeped tea and think about all the things to look forward to this season!
Some of the things I really look forward to are making the variety of foods that we enjoy during Thanksgiving. It’s an ideal time to prepare traditional dishes and family recipes. A favorite among my family is my Apple Cranberry Sauce. I’ve learned to appreciate cranberries in my cooking, both fresh and dried. Cranberries add texture, color and tartness to so many great foods, such as cereals, granolas, bars, loaves and cakes, to name a few. But one of my favorite ways to enjoy cranberries, is in a sauce, along with turkey and some traditional Thanksgiving day sides! This recipe also includes apples which provide a hint of sweetness. Orange zest and cinnamon ad elements of spice and warmth.
- Juice of 1 orange
- zest of 1 orange
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- ¼ cup granny smith apples, cut into small cubes
- Rinse fresh cranberries, and discard bruised and mushy berries, set aside.
- Wash orange, and zest the orange either with a citrus zester or a citrus peeler and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine water, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon and bring to a boil, about 8 minutes.
- Add apples to saucepan and cook for 2 minutes, then add cranberries and cook for 5-8 minutes.
- Transfer to serving dish, cover and let rest in refrigerator for 45 minutes. Bring to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!