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something unusual in cranberry sauce?

I made two varieties this year, one raw/chopped with sour cream,
horseradish and sugar and one cooked with sugar, crystallized ginger
and orange peel grated. Anyone have something truly unusual or
'unexpected?'

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  1. Coffee poached pears with cranberries. Make strong sweet black coffee (Plain or with a pinch of cardomom). Poach peeled, sliced pears. Drain, saving poaching liquid for some other use. Tastes great. Cut pears into 1/2 inch pieces.

    Cook cranberries with sugar until they pop and sauce gets thick, you can add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, etc. in tiny pinches, but not too much. Combine the two while still hot. Let sit for a few hours then rewarm just prior to serving.

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    1. re: JMF

      That's different..and I like that it's served warm..thanks. I
      just made a third I found at epicurious with figs and port.

        1. I like to make a chutney with apples, onion, red bell pepper, ginger, garlic, cumin and coriander.

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          1. re: julesrules

            Speaking of coriander, I once had an amazingly delicious fresh cranberry relish that included cilantro.