Thursday, January 13, 2011
Sauce or just jello?
Cranberry Strawberry Sauce
The Ugly Binder, a newspaper contest winner
1 pkg fresh Cranberries
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
Rind of 1 Orange, cut in small thin strips I used my microplane to zest the orange
1 Lrg (6oz) pkg Strawberry JELLO
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg Frozen Strawberries, thawed
Cook cranberries with 1 cup Sugar and 1 cup Water according to pkg directions for "firm" cranberries. While cooking add orange rind.
After cooked add JELLO-dissolved in just 1 cup Boiling Water
Mix well and add the thawed strawberries
Let stand in refrigerator at least overnight.
One of the newspapers that I read online runs a 'local flavors' cooking contest. This recipe was one of the runner ups. I had a bag of cranberries that I was looking for something to do with when I read this.
I really did like this - the cranberries added tang, the strawberries added sweetness. I just wasn't sure what to do with it. It was too strawberry-y and too Jello-y to replace traditional cranberry sauce in any way I might use the traditional version. I had no problem just eating it straight but it made a LOT. A lot of it ended up getting thrown out since I made this before leaving town for a few days and then I forgot about it. Again, don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this but I wouldn't call it a 'sauce', it was cranberry-strawberry jello.
Question of the Day: What is your traditional cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving? For my family, it's the jellied. I also like the version they sell in the deli at the supermarket but no one else will eat it.