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Aug 24, 2006 05:45 PM

Has anyone tried cranberries with beef?

Poultry and pork, certainly. But beef?

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

      1. 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. 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. 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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            1. re: Funwithfood

              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

                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.