Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce

Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Sweet cranberry sauce with just enough heat to warm your mouth and leave a tingle on your tongue was exactly the twist I was looking for this year. I made Homemade Cranberry Sauce for the first time a few years ago and the whole family loves it. I surprised my husband this year by changing up the traditional sauce for something with a bit of heat. He and my oldest son both really liked this kicked up version.

Cranberry sauce is the easiest dish to prepare for Thanksgiving. I make it about a week in advance and then don't think about it again until it is time to set the table. I'll be making an additional cranberry sauce tomorrow as well, because my younger boys love the traditional version so much.

Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce
recipe slightly adapted from The view from Great Island
(printable recipe)

1 small habanero pepper or 1 cayenne pepper, seeded and finely minced
12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. When the cranberries start to pop, the sauce is done. Cool completely and then place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The sauce will firm up to a spreadable consistency as it chills in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

* If you prefer a smooth sauce, simply place a mesh strainer over a large bowl and press the warm cooked sauce through it. I use the back of a wooden spoon or a large spatula to do this. Scrape the underside of the strainer as you do this, there will be a lot of sauce there too.

Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen



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10 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I think my brother would KILL me if I changed up my cranberry sauce on him...but maybe I'll have to hoard a bag of cranberries to make this all for myself! Sounds awesome.

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  2. I love homemade cranberry sauce!! I've added jalapenos before, but never habaneros... I know what kind of cranberry sauce I'll be making this year!!!

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  3. No wait - I haven't even made the other version yet! Now I don't know what to do :) Lovely recipe Mary! Happy cooking and baking.

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  4. This is right up my husband's alley! I'm not a cranberry person, but he is and I will HAVE to have cranberry sauce on the table for him next week. I love the addition of the peppers to this so I'm thinking there's no reason to break out the can opener this year! It'll be home made....with heat.

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  5. Thats the second time in a day that I learn about cranberry sauce. I really wish I could experience once, one of your traditional thanksgiving, its so exotic to me. =)

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  6. Cranberry sauce is a favorite around here. I buy tons of cranberries and freeze them so I can have it whenever the mood moves me. Interesting variation on a classic!

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  7. I'm just getting around to figuring out my Thanksgiving menu, waaaay late. I like your idea of making this as much as a week in advance, it would really help with all the craziness of next week :)

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  8. I have never cared for cranberry sauce and its sweetness. Now THIS idea I love! And it makes for a perfect spread on a turkey sandwich. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I buy enough cranberries at Thansgiving to last the year, I love them. this is a nice twist.

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