Day One: Pear, Brandy and Pecan Cranberry Sauce
It’s Turkey Day! Not the Turkey Day. Turkey Day as in our bird is here, in store, waiting for pick-up. We’ll rub its body down with some salt, and swaddle it up in a plastic bag to dry brine in our refrigerator for three days. But before we drive over to Linden Hills Co-Op to meet our little guy (or gal? What is our gender preference? Doesn’t matter; we’ll love eating ‘em just the same), we’ll whip up some cranberry sauce.
I can’t believe I’m actually planning ahead for the big feast.
- 1/3 cup brandy, plus 2-3 tablespoons
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups cranberries
- 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 barlett pears, peeled
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- zest of 1 orange
First, we filled 1/3 of our measuring cup with brandy. Which we just happened to have on hand. Then, we added water to it, until the liquid hovered at the 1/2 cup line. We set the cup aside.
Then we poured our cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and black pepper into our saucepot.
We stirred in our brandy/water mixture.
Then, we grated in our pears and orange zest, and brought our sauce to a boil on the stove. We reduced the heat to medium, and stirred for 10 – 12 minutes until our cranberries burst. Finally, we removed our sauce from the heat and stirred in 2 tablespoons of brandy.
We’ll add the pecans right before we serve the meal.
One dish down.
Only three more to go.
This is yummy. Really yummy.
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