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.


Lauren said...

Definitely the jellied from a can - I like to say that if I can't see the rings from the can, then I don't want it!

Annie Jones said...

Shane's favorite is jelled from the can. My favorite its homemade with whole berries. But seriously, we eat cranberries in any and all forms.

Anonymous said...

We had always had the jellied canned until several years ago, when I decided I wanted the berry one. We liked that, but what we liked better was mixing the two. I also did a homemade one, but we didn't like it, so back to the mixture.