Thursday, December 31, 2015

Amaretto Cranberry Sauce - 52 Holiday Side Dishes

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I seem to be saying this a lot this week as I post my Holiday side dish recipes...

What a shame that we don't think of serving this dish up year round.

A thick sweetened sauce, hugging the simmered soft cranberries.  Add some walnuts and additional cranberry flasvor with dried craisins for a mix of textures.

I add just a tiny tiny tiny dash of heat with a little (small oinch) Cajun spices to wake up the Sweet?Heat mix of taste buds.

And all made just a little deliciously sinful with a splash (well heavy splash) of an Almond Liqueur, Amaretto!

There are plenty of layers of flavors and textures that go with this dish.  Delicious on all of those levels and a wonderful colorful addition to any holiday table.  Makes me want to serve this more often!


And keep scrolling down to see the easy to follow recipe.

 OK... Here's what I did...

Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Bag (16 Ounces) Fresh Cranberries (Can use a bag of frozen)
  • 2 Medium Honey Crisp Apples, Diced a little less than the size of a cranberry
  • 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Craisins
  • 1/4 Cup Amaretto
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Orange
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 small pinch Cajun Seasonings mix
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, add the sugar and water and bring to a slow simmer. Add the Cranberries and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the Apples, Walnuts, Craisins, Amaretto, Zest and Juice of the Lemons and Oranges and the spices. Allow this to simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally until the sauce forms and thickens.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Cover until ready to serve.
  4. Can be served chilled from the refrigerator or room temperature... ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook Side Dish Recipes"!!!

Sure the meat gets all the glory but real cooks know it's the spread... the specialty Side Dishes that makes a meal rise or fall. Here's a few of my favorite recipes that will help to create that illusive COMPLETE MENU!

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