November 19, 2012

Tuesdays At The Table - Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Sorbet

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope you have a day filled with family, friends...and food! 

Because I'm not a fan of "traditional" cranberry sauce (aka cranberry jello in the shape of a can!), I like to make the fresh stuff.  The next day, I warm up the cranberry sauce and "repurpose" it as a sorbet. 


Cranberry Sauce

1 pound fresh cranberries, washed and dried
2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cinnamon stick (or a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 orange, zested and juiced

In a medium pot, combine the cranberries, sugar and water. Stir to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and add the cinnamon stick (or ground cinnamon), allspice and nutmeg. Stir to blend and simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Some of the cranberries will burst and some will remain whole. Add the orange juice and zest, stir and allow to cool before serving.

Cranberry Sorbet

Remaining cranberry sauce
2 cups of water
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a medium pot, combine your left over cranberry sauce (this recipe presumes you have about half left) and the remaining ingredients.  Allow to warm thoroughly.  Using a hand blender (or a traditional blender), blend until smooth.  Sieve to remove all solids and pour into an airtight container.  Freeze for about two hours (until it starts to solidify), the remove and beat on high for 2-3 minutes.  Return to freezer and allow to set before serving.

What's cooking in your kitchen this Thanksgiving?



  1. The cranberry recipes both looks delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Your little friends are just adorable! Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving, and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  3. Hey, this might be a stupid question but can you make this cranberry sauce in advance? Does it keep well?

  4. Love that picture! Cranberry sorbet sounds about perfect for TG here--it's getting warm out again. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for hosting!

  5. Cranberry sorbet?! That sounds awesome!

  6. Great recipes, and THE MOST adorable picture ever!!

  7. Both your cranberry recipes look like some tasty eats! Thanks for sharing, and happy Thanksgiving. :)

  8. Just getting around to reading some blogs. OMG these guys are soooo cute. Just showed my mom who owns a weiner....she loved it to. Great pic!


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