Happy Thanksgiving, Pass The ummm… Sauce?

I am thankful for many things.  The list includes my wife, family, my job, good food, a place to live.  There is one thing not on my list...  cranberry sauce!  You know exactly what I am talking about.  As the real food gets passed around, there is always a tin can shaped gelatinous mass on a plate in the center of the table.  Why is it there?  What did the cranberry guys  do to require us to place this thing on our Thanksgiving table?  My biggest complaint (and the reason nobody eats it) the texture.

Is it really a sauce?  "Hey, can you toss me a slice of sauce?"  I think not!  According to the definition of sauce, it is "A flavorful seasoning or relish served as an accompaniment to food, especially a liquid dressing or topping for food".  I have doubts about flavorful, but since the definition includes "topping" I guess I will let in slide.  There is always a chance that I could get the slice of sauce to balance on my pile of turkey.

How do I get into this market?  Maybe if I made a spinach jelly, it could be just as popular.  You don't have to eat it, just cut it into slices and place it next to the cranberry jelly, er, umm, sauce.  I think my point has been made, now for the cure.

For years, I have made what is known as a cranberry compote.  A compote actually is a relish.  A fruity, tasty relish.  Simple and almost bulletproof, there is no reason not to make your own cranberry sauce, or compote.  Here is one simple recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients:

1 pear, peeled and chopped
1 medium apple, peeled and
chopped
1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions:
1. In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until the berries pop and sauce thickens, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warmed or chilled. Store in the refrigerator.

While that recipe works, I add walnuts, vanilla, and nutmeg.  Give it a try.  Taste as it cooks, and make your own cranberry sauce.  You won't even need the can opener this year... unless you serve Spam with your canned cranberry jelly.

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