Happy Almost Turkey Day! I'm so, SO grateful for my blessed life. For my beautiful family, our health, our happiness, our love, our friends. This year I'm especially grateful to spend the holiday at my brother's home in Eastern North Carolina - to not have him deployed during this time of year is a rare treat and we will descend upon his home with arms full of love. And this cranberry sauce. I came upon this recipe at least 7-8 years ago in Bon Appetit and have changed it a bit over the years until it's really right were we want it. This year, after cooking the cranberries, I drained the excess syrup into a bowl before adding the shallots to the cranberries. The syrup will likely find it's way into cocktails and drizzled over pancakes this weekend...
PORT CRANBERRIES WITH BALSAMIC SHALLOTS
3 c. peeled and chopped and separated shallots
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. olive oil
salt & pepper
1 1/2c. fresh cranberries (rinsed)
1 c. orange juice
1/2 c. port wine
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. honey
1/2 t. thyme
Preheat oven to 375F. In a mixing bowl, toss the shallots in the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, salt & pepper and pour onto a prepared baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes for until the balsamic begins to caramelize the shallots. Pull from oven and set aside.
In a large sauce pan, combine the orange juice, port, sugar, honey and thyme - stir over medium heat until the sugar and honey have dissolved. Add the cranberries and stir until all of the berries are coated. Cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring often. When the cranberries begin to pop open and soften they are getting close. If you like a well-formed cranberry in your sauce, you can pull it off the heat once all of the cranberries have popped open, otherwise, continue to cook on medium-low heat for another 20 minutes. Drain the sauce off into a bowl and jar for future use as mentioned above. Mix the shallots into your sauce and let cool, then refrigerate until you are ready to serve. This sauce only gets better with time so make it a couple days ahead of time!
A little something for your weekend...
Fixin' To Thrill : Drangonette
Listen Up! : Gossip
London Girls : The Vibrators
More Than Ever : Zoot Woman
I Don't Like Your Band : Annie
You Gotta' Teller : Zeus
Mission : Van She
Fake Gold : Tiger City
My Girl Is Calling Me : Chromeo
Life Ater Sundown : Glass Candy
One Minute to Midnight : Justice
TKO : Le Tigre
Oh You, Old Thing : Wolf Parade
Wild Eyes : Vivian Girls
Creator (Vs. Switch & FreQ Nasty) : Santogold
See you next week.