There is something so wonderful about the spicy-tart-sweetness of this sauce. I just love it but I forgot to buy the ingredients and whilst we aren’t having turkey this year, it’s still a good accompaniment to lots of things. Since I had to search for the recipe I thought I’d share here. There are a few versions around but this is the one we like best and the ingredients are usually easy to find.
1 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 bag (12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Find horseradish in a smallish jar in the cooler section of the grocery store, probably near the cheese/deli case. Fresh ripe cranberries bounce and are plump and round. You’ll have to check the fresh cranberries over and wash. Discard icky ones, those that are wrinkled, moldy, or really whiter than redder…I pitch out to the birds and deer or compost them. The ones in the picture are perfect! Frozen work just as well to the outcome if you can’t find fresh. They are available in the frozen fruit area of the freezer section usually.
So, after the berries are washed put in a pan and add the water and sugars. Bring to a boil and stir, berries will pop and split so it’s best if the pan is deep (especially if you’ve doubled). Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add horseradish and mustard and stir well. You can mash the berries with the back side of a large spoon for a smoother texture or leave them for a chunky sauce. Start with a lower amount of horseradish if you are shy. Then after you get addicted to the tart-sweet-hot goodness add more.
Use it on:
This is so good with turkey, served warm or cold, and later on a turkey sandwich. It also is great with pork, beef, sausage, and lots of other things. You’ll find ways to use it and find yourself making more, I’m not kidding, it’s so good! I have a clamp lid glass jar I put it in and store it in the frig.
Recipe can be doubled so give some away:
I also make this to give as a hostess gift or Christmas gift instead of cookies…I don’t bake well enough for gifting. It’s just a little something to give and I’m a personal fan of consumables. I fill a small plastic container or a cleaned recycled glass jar along with the recipe. It’s pretty and tasty!