I am going to be honest here, not that that should be a surprise.
If I were the ruler of Thanksgiving, and in some circles I am, I would have cranberry sauce served with dessert. It is refreshing, sweet and tangy, delicious with ice cream and cleanses the palate. It’s made with fruit and sugar, in my case honey, and that says to me “dessert!”
Since I always use the minimal amount of sugars in all of my recipes so I can taste the other ingredients and so I can eat without guilt, my cranberry sauce is tart. (You can add more honey if you like.) I could eat it all day long, as breakfast, a snack, and ultimately with my favorite coconut milk ice cream.
I don’t really get cranberry sauce as it is socially prescribed for the Thanksgiving meal. Why eat it with turkey?
I hear you…all of you…that just responded to that one. Ok, so for you, if you want to eat your cranberry sauce with turkey, do it. It will cleanse the palate as you dive bomb from turkey to stuffing to brussels sprouts to potatoes to stuffing. Ok, eat it with the turkey!
I’m just saying, it’s really good as a dessert, served alongside pumpkin pie with whipped cream or ice cream. Or plain.
That’s my spiel. Be glad. It was relatively short.
*P.S. Though I claim this recipe as mine, I must thank my dear friend Heather whose cranberry sauce was so good, it inspired me to make my own. The orange and apple are all her which is really what takes this sauce over the top. I just couldn’t resist to add a warm woodsy touch with cloves and bay leaves.