My mom and I are the only ones who eat cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, everyone eats cranberry sauce when either of us make Cranberry Onion Chicken. This year I decided to mix things up a bit and instead of doing traditional cranberry sauce I decided to make a sweet and spicy cranberry sauce.
The sweet and spicy cranberry sauce came out so good. It had the perfect balance of spiciness and heat along with the tangy, tartness of cranberries and a subtle sweetness to round things out.
- 1 12 oz bag of cranberries
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- a pinch of red pepper flakes
- hot sauce to taste
- Place cranberries in a strainer and rinse well, removing any stems or debris you find.
- In a saucepan, place all ingredients and heat over medium heat.
- Cook stirring occasionally until cranberries burst open.
- Taste sauce and add more hot sauce as needed. I ended up using 1/2 tablespoon.
- Mash or blend cranberry sauce to desired consistency.
- Chill until ready to use.
- Place prepared sweet and spicy cranberry sauce into freezer friendly zip top quart sized bags.
- Remove all air while closing.
- Label and store in freezer.
This year we decided to try mashed cranberry sauce. I loved the heat, spiciness, and everything else about this cranberry sauce except the mashed part. I guess I just prefer smooth cranberry sauce.
I do however think sweet and spicy cranberry sauce would make some excellent cranberry onion chicken! When I make up and freeze my batches of cranberry sauce later this week, I’m going to make some sweet and spicy in addition to traditional.
How do you like your cranberry sauce?
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