Ask Tog, November, 1998
Quick Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Takes 15 minutes.
|2 cups water
|2 cups sugar
|1 pound bag cranberries
Bring the water to boil. Dissolve the sugar in the water. While it is boiling for a few minutes, open the package of cranberries and pick it over for any loose stems.
Add the cranberries. Simmer for five minutes. Don't stir. Don't do nothin' Turn off the heat. Let the sauce sit for a while. Put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.
You may add orange rind or any number of other delicacies. I find that these "add-ons" only detract from the perfect flavor of the fresh cranberry. I like to leave perfection alone.
The sugar level I've recommended results in a normal, fresh-cranberry bittersweet sauce. If you like your sauce really sweet (like the canned stuff), increase the sugar by a third.
I always serve this fresh sauce along with the more traditional sauce with the little concentric rings, straight from the Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce can.
Stir and serve.