my dad made cranberries for thanks giving this year, and boy, were they something special. i don’t normally think that cranberries are something to brag about, just a repeat condiment at the holiday table. i can’t believe i doubted my dad in this manner! i couldn’t stop pawing at these little jewels. i took home a half-gallon or so, and it took all of 3 days for me to polish them off. i had eaten them every single day until the jar was sadly empty. they are warmly spiced with freshly ground cloves and cinnamon, and sweetened with honey. there is some surprise flavor combination lurking in there, but i just can’t put my finger on it. i just know it draws me in to more. they are pleasantly tart, but sweet enough to eat as a light dessert. i have been enjoying them on chicken, in salads, on sandwiches with gluten-free bread, stirred into plain yogurt, and eaten straight out of the jar.
do yourself a favor and make these cranberries for your holiday dinners, or even just to have sitting around to use up throughout the week. they are a healthy way to feel like you are indulging, and a welcome leftover to have in the house afterward!
this is a really big recipe, so if you are not making these for a party, i recommend cutting the recipe in half, or making the large batch and keeping a reserve in the freezer.
note, too, that juniper just LOVED these cranberries. i don’t let her eat sugar, but this was special. plus, it was brown sugar, so it has some antioxidants in it!
in my dad’s own words, here is the magic recipe!
3- 12 oz. bags of cranberries
3- 8 oz. cups of orange juice (any kind)
1- 8 oz. cup of packed unrefined brown sugar
1- tbsp. ground cloves
1- tbsp. ground cinnamon
Add cranberries and orange juice together and bring to a simmer.
Add remaining ingredients.
Simmer and stir occasionally until berries have all popped open.
Cool in refrigerator overnight or longer.
Will keep in refrigerator 3 weeks.
*personal favorite: serve on top of whole-bean vanilla ice cream!
**other personal favorite: serve with yogurt!
my dad has always been a great cook. he can find a few random things lying around and turn it into a treat.
i learned to make frozen grapes from dad.
i learned to make rhubarb crumble from dad.
i learned how you can grill anything. ANYTHING.
i learned that, “hey, no time to bake the french fries? BROIL them!” actually works in a pinch.
i learned how amazing peanut butter and honey are when swirled around on a warm piece of toast.
i learned what a joy a cup of hot coffee, tanned with a splash of cream, can really be on a sunday morning, spread out with the news paper.
so the message is, people, listen to your dad. he’s got all kinds of tricks up his sleeve.