Pros: Easy, Healthy, Complements turkey, Can also be an ingredient
Cons: Some prefer whole berry over jellied
Chop it up in a bowl with pineapple, raspberry gelatin and celery, glaze a ham with it, make a dip using yogurt, mix with cream cheese for a frozen salad, or simply eat it next to a slice of turkey. For many of us turkey day wouldnt be complete without a serving of cranberry sauce. Make your own or buy Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce for a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. Some prefer whole berry cranberry sauces while some (like me) prefer jellied cranberry sauce. Either way, the sweet taste of cool cranberry sauce is a perfect complement to turkey.
You might be interested to know that this is both a stand-alone accompaniment and an ingredient for other dishes. It can be used as relish, cranberry salsa, cranberry almond pear crisp, cranberry chicken stew, citrus-glazed pork roast, and cranberry apricot bread. As a stand alone you can also serve it next to pork roast, ham or on a turkey sandwich.
Cranberries, the little red wonder berries, have been a secret ingredient for fighting off colds for a long time. I once knew a young man who popped frozen raw cranberries all the time. We were all in a theater group and the rehearsals and performances could get stressful, especially since we all had full time jobs. This young man was always eating cranberries, which he swore fought off colds. That was long before researchers started looking at some of the nutrients found in cranberries. They contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), which theoretically disable some types of harmful bacteria that cause infections. PACS prevent bugs from sticking and in this way it helps fight off certain diseases.
According to the George Mateljan Foundation and www.whfoods.org, cranberries have been valued for preventing and treating urinary tract infections, promoting grastrointestinal health, preventing formation of kidney stones, lowering LDL and raising HDL cholesterol, and much more. They are loaded with vitamin C, obviously contain no trans-fats, and are naturally low in sodium. Who knew that one of our favorite holiday traditions has been incredibly good for us?
This comes in 8-ounce and 16-ounce size cans, but there's not a lot in a can of jellied cranberry sauce. Cranberries are combined with high fructose corn syrup, water and corn syrup. A ¼ cup serving has 110 calories with 25 grams of carbohydrates. This native fruit (one of three) was used by Native Americans for food, medicines, and dyes. Cranberries grow in cooler climate boggy areas and were included in the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. They are now used in a lot of foods, but my favorite truly is the jellied, simple, cool form placed immediately next to the turkey.
There is a long-standing debate about whether you should make your own sauce or open a can of Ocean Spray cranberries. Ive made my own using fresh cranberries (also from Ocean Spray) and I prefer the canned variety. Mine always tastes a little too sour and is a guaranteed pucker. Instead, open the can and slide a table knife around the inside to loosen the sauce, turn the can upside down and shake it lightly. Homemade is never going to beat this comfort food provided by Ocean Spray. And if you want to explore, I have a cranberry chocolate fudge cake recipe to die for and Id be happy to share.
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