Sunday, November 24, 2013

How to Battle the Bland Turkey Blues!

Let's face it, turkey isn't the most flavorful of meats! So, I like to serve it with homemade "Cranberry Chutney with Orange and Ginger." This ruby red cranberry sauce is flavored with fresh orange juice and grated ginger, which brightens the tartness of the cranberries, makes a perfect accompaniment to any holiday turkey. Not only is this lovely chutney super simple to make, you can make it a few days ahead of time, always a bonus when planning a Thanksgiving meal. So, skip the gelatinous sauce from a can, and serve this instead! Your guests will thank you!


Cranberry Chutney with Orange and Ginger

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients:

3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon peeled, minced or grated, fresh ginger (I use my microplane.)
1, 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
Squeeze of fresh lemon, to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, add the orange juice, sugar, salt, and ginger. Bring to a boil and dissolve the sugar. When the sugar is dissolved, add the cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and partially cover the pan. (This prevents spatters as the cranberries begin to pop open!) Simmer until the sauce has thickened and all the berries have popped, about 5 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon and refrigerate until ready to use. (This sauce looks particularly lovely when served in a clear crystal or glass serving dish!)

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