Forget the cranberry sauce in the can and if you have had enough of overly tart homemade sauce this lovely sauce will provide a nice change of pace. This sauce goes well over duck, lamb, or turkey and has a wonderful sweet, rich taste thanks to the sugar and fat in the recipe. You can adjust the sugar to suit your tastes.
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 bag of fresh cranberries, cleaned and ready to use
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 4 tbsp. chilled unsalted butter diced
Add oil to the bottom of a small stock pot and heat it over medium heat. Add a diced onion, cooking until caramelized. Add raisins, cranberries, brown sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon, salt, apple juice, and broth. Stirring, bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for approximately 12 to 15 minutes, lowering heat as needed to prevent scorching. The mixture is ready when the cranberries start to burst.
Remove the cinnamon and vanilla bean from the mixture, and then use a stick blender to process until smooth. (Blender can also be used) Return mixture to the pot and heat over medium low. When the sauce is heated, add the chilled butter a couple of cubes at a time, stirring, and letting them become fully incorporated before adding anymore. Add more sugar at this time if desired, and serve.