Cranberry Sauce (the very best ever!)

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Are you in charge of bringing the Cranberry Sauce for your big holiday meal? Well, don't succumb to bringing that jellied stuff that comes in a can! How disappointing that stuff is compared to this amazing Cranberry Sauce. It is so delicious and perfect and unbelievably simple to make. Just five ingredients and a half hour later you will be the super hero of the party.

Cranberry Sauce

1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1 lovely ripe pear
1 bright green Granny Smith apple
1 beautiful orange
1 cup of plain old sugar

Rinse the cranberries and sort out any that are less than perfect or a bit squishy. The cranberries should bounce. Put them in a saucepan. Peel and chop the pear and the apple. Separate the orange segments and remove a bit of the membrane. It's not important to remove all of it but I remove as much as I can. Cut or tear the orange into pieces. Add the pear, apple and orange to the pot. Add a cup of sugar. Stir, stir, stir. It should look like this.

Don't be tempted to add water or any other liquid, thinking that surely this is too dry. All the fruits will soften and release their juices. The cranberries will all pop and the sugar will all dissolve. After cooking for about 5 minutes it will look about like this.

Keep cooking and stirring occaisionally. After about 15 or 20 minutes it will be thick and saucy and ready for a pretty serving dish on the Thanksgiving table. I like to make this at least the day before so that it can be chilled befor serving. It can actually be made a month or so in advance and frozen. It could be frozen in a freezer bag or any freezer container. This recipe makes about 3 cups of amazing sauce. Be careful though, cuz after you bring it once, you will forever be the one in charge of bringing the Cranberry Sauce!

This recipe comes from the book On the Side, which is a companion book to Dinner is Ready!

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