On this particular Christmas, the lodge had a French chef prepare the dinner and my opinion of cranberry sauce was changed forever! Nothing would do but my sister and I must find the recipe and chef Phillipe Bertineau of the Benoit restaurant in New York had the perfect one.
It's a simple recipe and is best made a day or two before serving so it has time to set up well.
You will need ~
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
1/2 cup port wine
3 whole cloves
2 star anise (you can substitute 1/2 tsp. of fennel seed or anise seed for each star anise)
1/2 tsp. coriander seed
1 -2 cinnamon sticks (or substitute 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon per stick)
2 tsp. cracked peppercorn
1 cup sugar (you can substitute 1/2 cup agave syrup per cup of sugar)
12 oz package of cranberries. (I use organic cranberries)
Put the wine and port in a pot and bring to a boil. Mix the spices. I crush the seeds a bit so the flavour is released easier. ~
Make a little cheesecloth pouch to hold the spices so you don't have to strain them out of the wine later. ~
If you are as lucky as I am you have a lovely kitchen string holder that Fiona from Just Paint It White sent you all the way from England as a surprise gift.
Want to see inside her house? Of course you do. ~
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Add the spice bag to the wine and port and reduce heat to simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins. I give the spice bag a little swish around in the wine every so often. ~
Discard the spice bag and add cranberries and sugar to the wine/port. ~
Bring the cranberries to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 mins. or until the sauce has thickened. If you are using a natural, liquid sweetener such as Agave syrup, it takes another 10 mins. of simmering to get it to thicken. Your sauce will continue to set as the mixture cools.
Yield is 3 cups, which is 10 servings.
You will wow your guests with your culinary arts when you serve this condiment with your Thanksgiving turkey! ~
And, is there really any need to tell them that chef Bertineau created the recipe?
If you want to see a video of him cooking and with his chef wife, click here. They really are the cutest couple!
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