November 24, 2010

Figgy Cranberry Sauce

12 oz whole cranberries
6 dried figs, quartered
1 cup orange juice
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 inch knob ginger, grated

Bring the cranberries, ginger, figs, sugar and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat then simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir. Serve hot or cold.

My thoughts:
We make cranberry sauce a lot during the months when cranberries are in season. I like them to tie into the central dish and I hate making the same thing again and again so I added figs to this one to coordinate with the fig glazed turkey I make this year. They added a fun texture contrast (love the seeds) and tempered the cranberries' tartness. The leftover sauce keeps for weeks in the fridge and is awesome on sandwiches, either turkey or PB&J. Or of course, cranberry ribbon cake, triple ginger cranberry sauce bread, oatmeal cranberry sauce muffins or cranberry cheesecake squares.