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Has anyone tried cranberries with beef?

zorra Aug 24, 2006 05:45 PM

Poultry and pork, certainly. But beef?

  1. Infomaniac Aug 24, 2006 05:58 PM

    I've had a beef stew with cranberries before. I don't have a recipe, but I do remember it being a nice meal.

    1. prunefeet Aug 24, 2006 06:02 PM

      Haven't tried it, but I think it sounds really good, like in a braise or something.

      1. JMF Aug 24, 2006 07:28 PM

        Yes, it works great with beef in slow braises. I like to make something like a beef carbonade with the addition of cranberries. I have used both fresh and frozen cranberries and canned whole cranberry sauce. Every fall I freeze a dozen bags of fresh cranberries to use in recipes throughout the year. I love to make savory dishes with meat/poultry and fruit.

        1. JoanN Aug 24, 2006 07:36 PM

          In Jean Anderson Cooks, she has a recipe for Jugged Beef with Cranberries and Mushrooms. Basically, it's a spicy stew that can be made with beef, lamb, venison, even buffalo and includes lots of onions and mushrooms as well as 1/2 cup whole or jellied cranberry sauce. I often make it with fresh cranberries since I, too, like JMF, freeze fresh cranberries every fall and use them in jugged stews throughout the winter.

          1. Funwithfood Aug 24, 2006 08:14 PM

            Yes. I made a pot roast with cranberries a few years back. I love pot roast, and I love cranberries, but I disliked this combo immensely. Never again for me.

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              prunefeet Aug 24, 2006 08:51 PM

              Really? I'm surprised. I'm sort of thinking really good quality dried cranberries in a beef stew or other braise...for some reason that sounds better to me than fresh. Yes, one must freeze bags of cranb every year, I love to make cranberry orange muffins whenever it's not too hot to turn on the oven.

              1. re: prunefeet
                Funwithfood Aug 25, 2006 02:54 AM

                I used *fresh* cranberries, I'm sure dried would be much less tart, with higher concentration of sugar. Do tried the dried cranberries and report back.

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                  prunefeet Aug 25, 2006 03:35 PM

                  I just may do that!

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