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Best Cranberry Sauce

Best Cranberry Sauce

Best Cranberry Sauce

This is, by far, the best cranberry sauce recipe ever. You'll never go back to canned.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • 3 Qt sauce pan
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 bags fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 c orange or apple juice
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • In a 3-quart saucepan over high heat, bring all ingredients to a boil. Lower heat to maintain a simmer until the cranberries are tender. Use the backside of a wooden spoon to pop stubborn cranberries. Serve warm or cold.
    This cranberry sauce is, of course, the perfect accompaniment to the traditional American Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner. But it's equally as delicious on ice cream, as the jam in a PB&J sandwich, on sourdough toast with cream cheese, in apple pie filling, and on a spoon.
    NOTE: if you like your cranberry sauce a little sweeter, use a bit more sugar. Feel free to add more mandarin oranges or cinnamon to suite your tastes. If you don't have apple or orange juice, use the mandarin orange juice from the can. If you don't have both kinds of sugar, just use what you have. This recipe is NOT fastidious.
Keyword cranberry, cranberry sauce, thanksgiving
Savory-ish Bacon Jam

Savory-ish Bacon Jam

For those of us who prefer savory pancakes, waffles, and French toast, this recipe will likely satisfy. It’s easy to make even if it’s a bit time consuming (about an hour from start to finish). It pairs well with a cream cheese spread (whip softened cream cheese with heavy whipping cream until easily spreadable). Best served warm or, at the very least, room temperature. Oddly, some people enjoy this on a peanut butter sandwich.

However you choose to eat it, we hope you like it.

Savory-ish Bacon Jam

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound bacon thick cut
  • 2 yellow onions quartered and sliced
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar + more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut the bacon into 1/2" slices and add to a large frying pan. The bacon pieces will separate as they cook. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, frequently until the bacon is cooked but not super crispy. A few crispy bits are fine.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Pour out all but about 1-2 tablespoons of the drippings and reserve for another use.
  • Add the onions to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes then reduce the heat to low. Add the sugar and stir well. Continue to cook until the onions have caramelized, about 20+ minutes. Add the espresso (or coffee) and the bacon and increase the heat back up to medium. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until thick and jam-like, about 30 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and stir the balsamic through adding more to suit your taste. Add salt if desired. For a uniform consistency, put it in your food processor and pulse until you are happy with the result.