Favorite Cranberry Sauce

I have two favorite thanksgiving foods… cranberries and pumpkin. Well honestly I have many more favorite foods that we eat each year at Thanksgiving, but these are my favorites that I only eat around this time of year. I love cranberry sauce of all kinds from simple to complex. Every year I get asked to make one specific recipe for Thanksgiving Day.  It is loaded with fruit, cranberries and pecans. It is chunky, thick and delicious. The best part is that there are usually leftovers which means I have some extra to bake on top of Brie or to put on crackers with goat cheese or cream cheese. Last year I made a double patch so I had some leftover to put in the freezer. I could pull it out and have cranberry sauce deliciousness throughout the year.

Not only is it delicious, but this recipe is loaded with lots of good for you nutrients. I know I mentioned this before, but cranberries are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect against free radicals that can cause damage to our bodies. Cranberries and the other fruits in this sauce are also loaded with fiber that helps keep our guts happy.  Cranberries are also probably best known for being protective again urinary tract infections in research studies. So enjoy your cranberries and be happy, healthy and full this Thanksgiving!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

1 cup water

½ cup honey or sugar

1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries

1 orange, peeled and pureed

1 apple – peeled, cored and diced

1 pear – peeled, cored and diced

1 cup chopped dried mixed berries and cherries

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cranberry-sauce-extraordinaire/ .

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