Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Cranberries Anyone?

For our client Christmas party the centerpieces were large glass bowls with floating cranberries and roses. By now you probably get where this post is going. ;-) I ended up with two large boxes of fresh cranberries. And no ideas for what to do with them. For the time being they are hopes that I will find something to use them in. Suggestions?


the Joneses said...

I'm sure you could find a recipe for a cranberry coffee cake. Or cranberry glaze for chicken or pork chops. It might be harder to find recipes for fresh cranberries, but I'll bet would have something. Yum. I wish I had your dilemma. :)

-- SJ

Ben, Kyri & Rachelle said...

Sugared Cranberries (from Cooking Light)

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
2 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup superfine sugar

Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl, reserving steeping liquid, if desired. Place superfine sugar in a shallow dish. Add the cranberries, rolling to coat with sugar. Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.

Note: The steeping liquid clings to the berries and helps the sugar adhere. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week. Makes a great gift!

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: about 1/3 cup)

Sandy said...

Well these days I don't make an apple pie without them. I also add nuts, maybe raisins. My family can't get enough of them. I usually use 1/2 a bag of fresh or frozen cranberries to (1) pie. Try it, see how you like it. I don't think you'll be sorry. I sometimes make cornbread or just plain muffins and put cranberries and orange peel in that. Yum!

Sarah M. said...

You can always freeze cranberries and use them later.