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Cranberry Sauce With Orange, Ginger, Pineapple, And Pecans

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Every year I tweak my holiday cranberry sauce just a bit, but this combination (tart berries with sweet oranges, ginger, pineapple chunks, and meaty pecans) is a real favorite. Serve with holiday poultry, on sandwiches, with a cheese platter, or serve it as a dessert sauce for butter cookies, pound cake, or pies.
Ingredients
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Maple syrup 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Fresh cranberries 1 Pound
  Fresh orange juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Julienned orange rind 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Grated orange zest 1 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped fresh ginger 1 Tablespoon
  Fresh pineapple 1 Cup (16 tbs), cut into small pieces
  Chopped candied ginger/Crystallized ginger 1 Tablespoon (coarse)
  Pecans/Your favorite nut 1 Cup (16 tbs), coarsely chopped
Directions

Place the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until the sugar syrup beings to thicken slightly and turn a pale amber color. Add the maple syrup and the cranberries and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries begin to pop. Add the orange juice, orange rind, and orange zest and cook another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce beings to thicken slightly.
Add the fresh and crystallized ginger and pineapple and cook 2 minutes. The sauce should be full of flavor and slightly thickened. (If the sauce still seems thin — remember, it will thicken as it chills — remove the cranberries and flavorings with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl.
Boil the liquid in the pot over a moderate-high heat until it is thickened slightly, about 10 additional minutes, if needed. Place the cranberries back in the slightly thickened sauce.)
Remove the sauce from the heat and add the nuts, stirring well. Let cool completely. Place in a clean glass jar and cover; refrigerate for up 10 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.

Makes about 6 cups

Tip
You’ll need 2 to 3 large oranges. First, use one orange to remove the zest (the outer
peel without the bitter white pith) by slicing it off with a small sharp knife or a wide vegetable peeler. Use another orange to grate the rind and then squeeze both oranges for their juice.

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Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Ingredient: 
Cranberry

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