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fresh cranberries....

pamd Nov 15, 2008 05:02 PM

I bought a large amount. I've made lots of cranberry applesauce and a pumpkin/cranberry upside down cake. Please share some of your favorite recipes for me to try!
(other than cranberry sauce!)

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    Hanky RE: pamd Nov 15, 2008 06:29 PM

    Here's a link to a recipe that I used last year at Christmas. Was surprised at how fast they were gobbled up.

    1. carswell RE: pamd Nov 15, 2008 07:00 PM

      1. Brush a couple of pork tenderloins with a mixture of 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

      2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in an ovenproof skillet and brown the tenderloins in it. Transfer the tenderloins to a plate and set aside.

      3. In the same skillet, brown 1 finely chopped onion and 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic, adding more oil if necessary. Add 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, 1 or 2 branches fresh thyme, 1/2 cup chicken broth, up to 1/4 cup honey. Bring to a boil, scraping the brown bits from the bottom.

      4. Return the tenderloins to the skillet. Roast in a preheated 375ºF oven until pale pink in the centre, 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

      5. Slice the tenderloins. Arrange on heated plates. Spoon the cranberry sauce (sans the thyme branches) over. Serve immediately. Nice with a creamy potato gratin and a New World Pinot Noir.

      - Adapted from one of the few recipes in Ricardo magazine that have entered my repertory.

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        FriedClamFanatic RE: pamd Nov 15, 2008 07:19 PM

        Totally different, and only if you are having guests. Roll a bunch(wet) in sugar and freeze.

        At cocktail time, make a drink of 2 parts cranberry juice to one part cheapo champagne. Add a few cranberries to the glass (not to a pitcher of the stuff). Pour and watch the fizz

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          geminigirl RE: FriedClamFanatic Nov 16, 2008 04:39 AM

          interesting, i'm gonna have to try this...this reminds me of the blueberry beer at Boston Beer Works where the blueberries float up and down in the glass!!

          I just made a batch and a half of this yesterday, it is delicious, but you will have to wait at least 4 weeks. I still have some from last fall as I've been hoarding it and it is still unbelievable!


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            kaaris RE: geminigirl Nov 16, 2008 05:40 AM

            I've been on a stuffed winter squash kick recently, and it's really good with sausage and rhubarb in it. Next time, I want to make it with cranberries as the tart element instead:


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              kaaris RE: kaaris Nov 16, 2008 06:24 AM

              Oh, and of course there's always a Granny Smith apple pie with cranberries in it, and struesel topping over the top. Ahhhh, pure heaven!

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          Diane in Bexley RE: pamd Nov 16, 2008 06:16 AM

          Freeze them and save for another time! Cranberries are so easy - wash them, dry them, freeze individually on large sheet pan and pop into freezer bags.

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            Pumpkinseed RE: Diane in Bexley Nov 18, 2008 12:45 PM

            It's even easier than that: Just toss the bag of fresh cranberries in the freezer, where they will last for months and months. The cranberries will maintain their individual integrity and will not clump up. When you are ready to use them, pour them out.

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              masha RE: Pumpkinseed Nov 18, 2008 05:34 PM

              That's what I do too. I just cooked a bag that had been in the freezer since about last Thanksgiving.

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                MMRuth RE: masha Nov 18, 2008 05:36 PM

                Yes - they do really last well in the freezer.

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                  Pumpkinseed RE: masha Nov 20, 2008 08:01 AM

                  I'll confess: I think there are bags in my freezer that are actually even older than that. As they age in the freezer, the cranberries get a little wrinkly, but they are still fine to use.

                  Moral of the story: When fresh cranberries are in season, stock up! They will stick around and they won't let you down!

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              lgss RE: pamd Nov 16, 2008 06:54 AM

              I made sweet potato/cranberry/walnut bread earlier in the week from ExtraVeganZa cookbook. My husband used some of the cranberries in a brown rice pilaf served with greens.

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                Athena RE: lgss Nov 16, 2008 07:01 AM

                Everybody's ideas sound delicious, so many cranberries, so little time.

                I've been making this Nigella Lawson pudding (more like a cake top and bottom with fruit in between) during December for the last few years:


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                cheesecake17 RE: pamd Nov 16, 2008 12:33 PM

                I make cranberry corn muffins

                1. Chocolatechipkt RE: pamd Nov 17, 2008 07:03 AM

                  Cranberry turtle bars. :)

                  There's a link from my blog, areyouhungryyet.blogspot.com

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                    pamd RE: Chocolatechipkt Nov 17, 2008 12:25 PM

                    wow- I'm excited to try a bunch of these- thanks for the ideas!

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                    gilgirl1 RE: pamd Nov 17, 2008 01:01 PM

                    I freeze ny for later use. I also skewer them and freeze them - then pull them out for martinis or champagne garnishment. Fun! I use in glass jars to surround candles, too!!

                    1. TrishUntrapped RE: pamd Nov 17, 2008 01:36 PM

                      My family loves these Cranberry Fritters. I make them for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. They are round and look like like Dunkin' Munchkins. The cranberry inside pops as the fritter cooks.

                      Cranberry Fritters

                      3/4 cup fresh cranberries
                      1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
                      3/4 cup granulated sugar
                      1 tablespoon baking powder
                      1/4 teaspoon salt
                      1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk

                      1/4 cup dark brown sugar (for the indentations)
                      Oil (for deep frying, I use peanut)
                      Cinnamon and Sugar to roll fritters in

                      1. Wash cranberries and dry on paper towels.
                      2. Sift dry ingredients together and mix in milk gradually to form a stiff dough.
                      3. With well-floured hands, pinch off 1 teaspoon of dough and make an indentation.
                      4. Sprinkle a little brown sugar in the indentation and place a cranberry in the center. Roll dough around the berry. balls should be about the size of a large marble.
                      5. Heat oil in a deep, heavy kettle until the temperature reaches 375 degrees F.
                      6. Drop fritter balls into the hot fat and fry, turning, until they are deep golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.
                      7. Roll fritters in cinnamon sugar mix. Serve hot.

                      Makes 3 dozen.

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                        FriedClamFanatic RE: TrishUntrapped Nov 17, 2008 04:27 PM

                        Nice idea! That could be a keeper

                      2. HaagenDazs RE: pamd Nov 17, 2008 04:38 PM

                        Cut a bunch in half and add them to a half gallon of vodka to infuse. Nothing like REAL cranberry vodka. Mix appropriately!

                        Add some citrus zest for and extra flavoring.

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                          HillJ RE: pamd Nov 17, 2008 04:48 PM


                          The rolls were okay but the cranberry butter was fabulous on pancakes this morning!

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                            Chocolatechipkt RE: HillJ Nov 17, 2008 05:08 PM

                            I was going to make the cranberry butter yesterday to go with the anadama bread on that same page ... I made the bread but ran out of steam for the butter. Glad it's as good as it looks!

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                              HillJ RE: Chocolatechipkt Nov 18, 2008 04:54 AM


                              This was the pancake recipe we paired with the cranberry butter.

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                                Chocolatechipkt RE: HillJ Nov 18, 2008 06:49 AM

                                Thanks! Love the blog!

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                            TerriL RE: pamd Nov 17, 2008 05:12 PM

                            I make pumpkin bread with fresh cranberries. I also have a great recipe for cranberry upside down cake if you're interested.

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                              TampaAurora RE: TerriL Nov 17, 2008 05:29 PM

                              Cranberry Chocolate Buns - Homecooking by Alford Duguid

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                              newfoodie RE: pamd Nov 18, 2008 09:45 AM

                              Smitten Kitchen had a recipe up this week for Meyer Lemon and Fresh Cranberry scones. They look delicious and I am planning on baking some to bring to Thanksgiving. Not for the actual dinner, but more like the next morning.

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                                somervilleoldtimer RE: pamd Nov 18, 2008 09:53 AM

                                Silver Palate's Cranberry-Orange bread -- a tea bread. Freezes very well.

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                                  cheesecake17 RE: pamd Nov 18, 2008 01:54 PM

                                  I added in a few handfuls of fresh cranberries to the stuffing I made last night. I used a baguette, shitake mushrooms, onions, celery, a diced apple, and mushroom broth. It came out really good.

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                                    Chocolatechipkt RE: cheesecake17 Nov 18, 2008 05:14 PM

                                    I do that too -- I love the pop of fresh cranberries in stuffing.

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                                    jenn RE: pamd Nov 18, 2008 03:52 PM

                                    Awesome collection of recipes. i bought a substantial amount of local fresh cranberries and stuffed them into the freezer. So my vote is wait until you are craving cranberries and go for it.

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                                      pamd RE: pamd Nov 20, 2008 10:35 AM

                                      I can across this recipe- do you think I can sub cranberries for the cherries? Do I need to alter anything to make it work? I am concerned because of the note about the cherry amount.

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