November 22nd, 2013
It’s the one time of year when cranberries take a starring role. Now, we realize that not everyone has an affinity for traditional cranberry relish. Not to fear, there are plenty of great ways to give cranberries their place of honor in your holiday meal. Pacific Organic Cranberries are a time saver because they’re already cooked. Try out a few of these recipes for your Thanksgiving meal and embrace your own share of sweet praise.
CRANTINI. Serve this festive cocktail in a martini glass with a powdered sugar rim.
Shake well with ice and strain.
CRANBERRY PINEAPPLE SALSA. It’s nice to have an appetizer that you can make a few days ahead of your cooking extravaganza. Serve this tasty salsa with lightly salted corn ships.
1. Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in upper third.
2. Toss pineapple and onion with oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large 4-sided sheet pan, then roast, stirring occasionally, until charred in spots, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, pulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped, then transfer to a large bowl and stir in 1/3 cup brown sugar.
4. Add hot roasted-pineapple mixture, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then stir in citrus juice. Season with brown sugar and salt. Cool, then stir in cilantro. Let stand, covered, 1 hour.
NOTE: If using Pacific Whole Cranberries, this pineapple and onion mixture can be combined with our cranberries to make more of a traditional relish.
Salsa, without cilantro, can be made 3 days ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature and add cilantro before serving.
CRANBERRY APPLE CHUTNEY. Adding a few savory elements to your cranberries makes it easier to reuse the leftovers. Chutney is great on lentils, chicken, pork or reheated on a sliced baguette with goat cheese.
Cooks' note: Chutney can be made 3 days ahead and cooled, uncovered, then chilled, covered.
NO-COOK CRANBERRY RELISH. We realize there are still plenty of folks who like traditional cranberry relish. This simple, no-cook recipe makes it easy to whip up a tasty side for the purists in your family.
1. Zest and juice the orange.
2. Combine cranberry sauce, orange zest, orange juice and fresh ginger.
3. Add lemon juice to taste.
4. Chill and serve.
CRANBERRY CRUNCH PECAN SQUARES. Why should pumpkin pie get all the attention? The sweetness of cranberries is always a welcome end to any holiday meal. You’ll find this recipe on the package of our Jellied Cranberry Sauce.