COLOR IT CRANBERRY
Put bold beauty on your holiday table with this sweet-tart fruit. Spoon it over your entrée, mix it into a salad, cook it into a dessert or use as a relish for leftovers. Cranberries always add lively flavor and gorgeous colors to the menu.
Crack the flaky crust of a pie bursting with cranberries and you’re suddenly surrounded by mouthwatering aromas of berries and spices, and dazzled by the ruby hues of the fruit. Or lift a forkful of turkey tenderloin glistening with a crimson glaze and enjoy the way the meaty richness of the turkey plays against the palate, clearing the tartness of the cranberries.
Whether you love them for their jewel-like colors or their lively flavor, cranberries are a welcome tradition at holiday meals, thanks to their versatility and easy preparation.
Cranberries often come to the table as sauce to accompany roast turkey (and as a condiment for leftover turkey sandwiches), but there are so many other ways to use them.
Quick breads, cakes and muffins benefit from a handful or two of chopped raw cranberries. As these items bake, the berries become tender pockets of tartness that contrast nicely with the sweetness around them. The neutral flavors of oatmeal and bread stuffing benefit from a swirl of this fruit. Freeze berries, and they make a colorful substitute for ice cubes in a glass of sparkling wine.
Cranberries’ usefulness extends far past the holidays. Imagine how good a plate of Cranberry-Citrus Salad or a glass of cranberry sangria would taste on a hot summer night. Plan ahead: Buy two or three extra bags of cranberries now for your freezer.
Curious about what else you can do with cranberries? Read up on how to select, store and use them.