Saturday, September 28, 2013

Christmas Cranberry Conserve + Blue Monday + Ruby Tuesday

We had duck for dinner tonight, and, as is my habit when serving duck or goose, I made a fruit conserve to serve alongside it. I've found that a conserve or chutney helps clear the palate when rich or potentially fatty foods are eaten. A conserve is a fruit spread, much like a fruit preserve, save for the fact that it contains a mixture of fruits and no pectin is required to set it. Only a handful of ingredients are required to make conserves and they really are easy to prepare. I chose cranberries to make ours this evening. While they are seasonal and add great color to the table, the berries were selected more for their tartness than their seasonality. The cranberry is a perfect foil for potentially fatty fowl and the berries make a marvelous conserve. This spread is almost foolproof to make. The only thing you can do to spoil it is to cook it for too long a period of time. Overcooking produces too much juice and excess liquid will keep the conserve from setting. I added raisins and nuts to mine to make it a bit more festive. Here's the recipe.

Christmas Cranberry Conserve...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Mildred Banker and Taste of Home


4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, halved or very coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

2 oranges, peeled, sliced and quartered

1 cup raisins

1-1/4 cup water

1 cup chopped pecans

2-1/2 cups sugar


1) In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, orange zest, oranges, raisins and water. Cover and simmer over medium heat until cranberries are soft, about 5 minutes.

2) Add pecans and sugar; stir well. Simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Cool. Spoon into covered containers. Refrigerate. Serve as a relish with poultry or pork, or spread on biscuits or rolls. Yield: 3 pints.

You might also enjoy these recipes:

Fig Jam Preserves - My Man's Belly

Relish the Thought - Stacey Snacks

Cranberry Chutney - Closet Cooking

Brandied Apple Conserve - Foodista

Plum Conserve - Simply Recipes

Honey Pear Conserve - Mermaids Treasures

This post is being linked to:

Smiling Sally - Blue Monday

Work of the Poet: Ruby Tuesday

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