5 Cranberry recipes for the holidays

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Cranberries and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand. Given that the tart berries are harvested through the end of October, they are still fresh and in season in late November when turkey day comes along. The only problem is that when most people think of Thanksg
Cranberries and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand. Given that the tart berries are harvested through the end of October, they are still fresh and in season in late November when turkey day comes along. The only problem is that when most people think of Thanksgiving cranberries, they think of that nasty jello-like slimy stuff that comes out of a can and never, ever loses its shape.

It's too bad because fresh cranberries and cranberry juice are delicious (not to mention nutritious) and have a place in every course of a turkey day meal. If you want to try real cranberries this year, here are five ways you can add them to Thanksgiving dinner.


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Citrus Sea Breeze

Not everyone gets to drink during Thanksgiving, no matter how much their in-laws and relatives might drive them to it. For those who can, here is a great Thanksgiving cocktail that kicks up the traditional sea breeze with two citrus alcohols:

Instructions:
  1. Mix 1-ounce citrus (preferably orange flavored) vodka, 6-ounces cranberry juice, and a splash of orange liqueur.
  2. Serve with an orange wedge.

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Real Cranberry Sauce

Making real cranberry sauce is simple and so much better than that stuff that comes in a can.  There are only four ingredients and it only takes about 20 minutes to make.

Instructions:
  1. Put two cups of cranberries in a saucepan and add 1 cup of orange juice, two tablespoons of sugar, and the zest of a lemon.
  2. Cook until the cranberries pop, stirring occasionally; keep cooking until the sauce starts to thicken.

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Cranberry Corn Bread Dressing

Cranberries add a tart, sweet note to the average corn bread stuffing. Here is a quick and easy recipe that uses a lot of dried cranberries, which plump during baking.

Instructions:
  1. Make a pan of corn bread. While it is baking, slice an onion, cook it for 8 minutes on medium-high, and then cover the skillet and cook on low for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. When the onions are done, crumble the corn bread into a greased baking dish, add a cup of dried cranberries and the sautéed onions, then pour in 2 cups of chicken broth. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes.

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Bacon Wrapped Turkey With Cranberry Sauce

This is a great turkey dish, suitable as a main course or as an appetizer for any occasion, Thanksgiving or not. Even better, it uses some of the cranberry sauce from above.

Instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Take four boneless, skinless turkey breasts and cut them into 1-inch squares.
  3. Wrap each square with half a strip of bacon, place them on a greased baking sheet, and bake them for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, open the oven, brush on a teaspoon or two of cranberry sauce and bake 5 minutes. Add another layer of cranberry sauce and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until the turkey is completely cooked.

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Cranberry Granita

This is a great, sweet cranberry dessert. It must be made in advance, but it will be worth it.

Instructions:
  1. Bring one cup of cranberry juice and the juice and zest of two lemons to a boil with two cups of sugar over high heat.
  2. Let the juice cool and then put in the freezer.
  3. Once every hour over the next four to six hours, open the freezer and stir the ice crystals. Serve in a fluted glass with a slice of lemon.