November 20, 2009

Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce


Ingredients:
12 oz fresh cranberries
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
zest of one lemon

Directions:
Place the cranberries, pomegranate arils, water, juices, sugar, and zest in a medium saucepan and, stirring occasionally, cook for 20 minutes over medium high heat to reduce and thicken. Remove from heat. Serve hot or cold.


My thoughts:
As I am sure you can tell, we are cranberry sauce fans. I am always trying to think of a new variation. I was more than pleased at how this one turned out. I wasn't sure what would happen to the pomegranate seeds (the cranberry seeds, of course, pop) but they reacted to cooking in the best possible way; they stayed whole and provided explosive bits of flavor. The seeds inside softened enough that they weren't terribly crunchy or intrusive, which had been a bit of a concern. While I love eating pomegranate seeds out of hand, a hard bit isn't expected in cranberry sauce. A welcome addition to our cranberry sauce rotation: fresh, sweet-tart and intensely fruity.

9 comments:

  1. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. We are huge cranberry sauce fans at my house, too. I've been seriously resisting the urge to buy a bag of fresh cranberries for the last month just to make a batch of fresh sauce (why anyone would buy a can of the jellied stuff when fresh sauce is SO easy to make is beyond me) just to eat it as a snack, or on yogurt, or oatmeal, or ... But, the traditional side of me says I must wait until Thanksgiving for the first taste, and now I want to make your variation. Sounds amazing! Thanks for posting!

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  3. I think I will try this and add a little extra interest (and health) at my Thanksgiving table!!

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  4. Rachel,

    This combines two of my favorites:) Cranberry and pomegranate. Loved the Apple Cider donut recipe from Edible Chesapeake BTW

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  5. I bet the seeds will be a great texture to any sandwich the next day with turkey and stuffing in ciabatta! This is lovely!

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  6. Ooh good idea! I love the taste and texture of pomegranate arils and it never occurred to me to add them to cranberry sauce but it makes perfect sense.

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  7. Excellent recipe!!!

    I made this for my work Thanksgiving luncheon today. All my friends really like it and wanted the recipe. I'm going to make it again for my family Thanksgiving meal.

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  8. My mom LOVES pomegranate... I am so making this for thanksgiving. She will be so excited! Thank you!

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  9. My family *loved* this!

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