Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

I'm not a cranberry sauce person. Does that surprise you given the fact that you all know my aversion to fruit? My mother was the only one in our entire Thanksgiving bunch who liked cranberry sauce so we always made sure to have a "can" of it ready to open for her on Thanksgiving. It did the trick... and then the leftovers were thrown away the next day.

I only recently discovered that my daughter-in-law likes cranberry sauce. And here's why she likes it. Late at night after Thanksgiving dinner, she likes to make herself a "Thanksgiving sandwich." This is composed of a leftover dinner roll topped with turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce is her sandwich spread. So like a good/great/fantastic/best-ever mother-in-law, I made cranberry sauce for her this year. She's an easy going person, but made it clear to me that she can smell cloves a mile away like skunk spray on a warm summer night, so I avoided adding cloves at all cost. I opted to add a little heat with the chipotle spice and I have to tell you that I actually love this cranberry sauce! It must just be the canned versions that I don't care for. Lesson learned.... from now on I make my own sauce!

Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch of salt
1/4-12 tsp ground chipotle powder (you can also use 1-2 tsp of chipotle canned in adobo sauce, pureed)
1 (12 oz.) bag of fresh cranberries
juice of 1/2 lime

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon stick, ginger, salt and chipotle powder. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Add the cranberries and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat, remove cinnamon stick and stir in freshly squeezed lime juice. Let cool.

16 comments:

June said...

There's nothing better than homemade cranberry sauce and this looks like a major keeper. We're gonna' love it Mags!

Magic of Spice said...

What a lovely recipe...I bet you are the best mother in-law ever :)
I love cranberry sauce, especially homemade and I like the chipotle here.

Lyndsey said...

Actually I never eat the cranberry sauce, I think because it's usually too sweet. I like the tang of cranberries! This one sounds pretty good though, I would like to try it. You are the best MIL!!!

Imwaytoobusy said...

Your daughter-in-law is hilarious. What a cute story ;)

Julie said...

Oh my, we had the sliced cranberry sauce from a can when I was a kid, too. I didn't know there was such a thing as "real" cranberry sauce until my twenties. This recipe looks delicious. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Haden News said...

I love cranberry sauce, wonder why I only have it once a year...at Thanksgiving??!! I love the idea of Chipotle added to it. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm not a huge have of cloves either, so I'd probably love your version too.

Nanan said...

Can you my my MIL? Mine can't cook at all hehehehe
This looks good!

SeattleDee said...

I don't care much for cranberry sauce, but have fallen in love with fresh cranberry salsa (based on Martha Stewart's Cranberry-Orange Relish). Cranberry anything certainly perks up the Turkey Day table.

Sue said...

You have definitely given this sauce your own spin the first time out! Good for you, Mags! I'm sure your daughter-in-law will be happy:)

Paula said...

what a delicious blog! here is so many uncanny inspirations!

have a nice time,
Paula

briarrose said...

Oh...chipotle in cranberry sauce. Yum! I like to toss peppers into just about everything, but I wouldn't have thought of this. ;) I like to sneak cranberry sauce on my turkey sandwiches when the hubby isn't looking....so I don't have to hear his loud ewwwwwwws.

Natalie said...

love the idea to add some heat--makes it even more perfect for sandwiches!

A Year on the Grill said...

Happy Thanksgiving.cook up a storm!

Mother Rimmy said...

Ooooh! Love the chipotle cranberry sauce. Definitely a must try for Christmas dinner!

Marimaribear said...

I made this with orange juice instead of the water and i cut the sugar down to half cup and it was delish! Orange cranberry chipotle sauce!