Cranberry Sauce

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup water
3 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
pinch of cinnamon (or more to taste)

  1. Combine the sugar, orange juice, and water in a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the cranberries and cinnamon. Simmer until cranberries burst, approximately 15 minutes. Simmer for 5 more minutes or until reduced to desired consistency.
  3. Remove from heat, cool, and refrigerate.

Chef: whole cranberry texture is nice, sweeter, almost a candied dish, they lost the tart flavor (this could be good or bad, just a matter of preference.
Chef Tip: Another option is a cranberry relish where the cranberries are put through a meat grinder raw and mixed with chipotle tequila (tequila that has had dried chipotle soaking in it for weeks).

Personal/team: I loved the color, texture and flavor. We added more than a pinch of cinnamon, but I think it could have used even more spices: nutmeg, allspice? the sweetness is nice, but you only need a small amount for flavor enhancement.

Lesson Learned: alcohol, like a brandy or chipotle tequila can bring out the natural flavor in the cranberries and help them from over-sweetening if you're adding sugar as well. If you want to use the berries as a sauce, cooking them will make them saucier, but a relish can be a good alternative if just accompanying a dish.