Cran this be love? The best holiday brandied cranberry sauce

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You will love this Holiday Cranberry sauce with Brandy.  This relish is nicely spiced like a chutney- citrusy and spiked with Blackberry Brandy.  The flavors come alive to make this Cranberry Sauce the center of attention at the fanciest of dinner parties.

Serve it like a relish.  Delicious with Turkey, Pork, Chicken, or over baked Brie.  Gorgeous on a Holiday Charcuterie Board.  This easy Brandied Cranberry sauce is quick to make, with the perfect balance of sweet and zesty, with a vibrant zing of Blackberry Brandy flavor.

What do I need for this Spiked Cranberry Sauce Recipe?

  • Orange Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Allspice
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cloves
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh Cranberries (or frozen cranberries)
  • Orange zest
  • Blackberry Brandy

Holiday Cranberry sauce with Brandy

Cranberry sauce with Blackberry Brandy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10

  • 1 Medium Sauce Pam
  • 1 Hand grater
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Allspice
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 4 cups Fresh Cranberry
  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • Cup Blackberry Brandy

Combine Orange juice, Brown sugar, and Spices. Stir and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 more minutes

Bring the heat back up to medium high, and add the fresh cranberries. Boil the cranberries until they pop, and the mixture thickens to a jelly-like consistency

Once the cranberries thicken, turn off the heat. Stir in the Orange zest, Lemon juice and the Blackberry Brandy. Let cool.

Serve, or refrigerate in an airtight container.

FAQ’s on Cranberry sauce

Where are cranberries grown in the United States?

Cranberries are mostly grown in 5 states.  The top producer of cranberries is Wisconsin- producing almost half of the country’s berries.  Massachusetts’s is the next most successful state producing almost 1/3- followed by Oregon, New Jersey, and Washington.

When are Cranberries harvested ?

Fresh Cranberries are generally available between mid- September to mid November.  Growers harvest millions of pounds of cranberries when they reach their pea of color and flavor.

Are there health benefits to Cranberries?

A study found that of 20 common fruits, cranberries are the highest in phenols- a type of antioxidants.  Enjoy a superfood with high nutrient content, and plant compounds that help prevent stomach cancer, heart disease, and Urinary Tract infections.  Cranberries improve immune function and lower blood pressure

Why are cranberries traditionally associated with the Holidays in the US?

As one of the few originally natively grown fruits in the United States, the cranberry represents an American harvest on our Holiday table.  They were believed to be in abundance in the 1500s, and likely enjoyed by Native Americans and Pilgrims.

Mix it Up

  • You can switch out the Brandy in our homemade cranberry sauce- Any kind of Berry Brandy adds a depth of flavor
  • Keep your leftover cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator- Enjoy for 10-14 days
  • Use your Brandy Cranberry sauce as a Thanksgiving side, but also try on Toast, Pork, Cheese, Turkey sliders – You will want to save this cranberry recipe, and enjoy all year long

This article originally appeared on CussKitchen and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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