Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ABC: Apple/Apricot, Beet, Cranberry Sauce--Quick Take

A colorful side dish of cranberries with  roasted beets and dried apricots, a delicious addition to holiday meals and lovely on a leftover sandwich 

Apple/Apricot, Beet, Cranberry Sauce | Farm Fresh Feasts

I'll freely admit I'm a fan of the can.  Not the jellied cranberry sauce (though I'm sure it has its uses).  I have no issue, however, with canned whole berry cranberry sauce.  It's fine.

I also love cranberry-orange relish, and cranberry-apple sauce.  Whole Foods made a cranberry-beet-apricot dish on their salad bar years ago that my mom re-created.  I decided to combine all of those into this side.

It's sweet but not too sweet, tangy but not too out there.  And the color is freakishly vibrant.


Apple/Apricot, Beet, Cranberry Sauce | Farm Fresh Feasts

Apple/Apricot, Beet, Cranberry Sauce | Farm Fresh Feasts

Apple/Apricot, Beet, and Cranberry Sauce

1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup brown sugar (loosely packed)
12 oz (1 bag) fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup diced dried apricots
1 cup diced roasted beets
1 teaspoon minced ginger

Preheat a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add liquids, sugar, and cranberries.  Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Mash with a potato masher to break up the popped cranberries.  Stir in apricots, beets, and ginger.  Chill for at least an hour to let the flavors blend.  Keeps for several days.  Great on sandwiches.

This side dish is shared with What's Cookin' Wednesday, the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up, From the Farm Blog Hop, Clever Chicks Blog HopTasty Tuesdays.
Apple/Apricot, Beet, Cranberry Sauce | Farm Fresh Feasts

8 comments:

  1. I love your idea to put beets in the cranberry sauce! Such a beautiful color. My mom would go nuts for this sauce, I'll have to send her the link. Thanks!

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    1. Julie,
      I've found with beets you really can't hide them due to their amazing color, so you might as well embrace the color and enjoy them.
      Thanks!

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  2. You had me at freakishly vibrant. I also couldn't stop singing the Jackson Five's ABC, Easy as 123, Simple as Do Re Me, ABC, 123, you and me girl.

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    1. Meghan,
      And I can't stop singing What the Fox Says.
      Ah well, singing makes us feel empowered and good, according to Chris Martin, even if it's an ear worm.
      Thanks!

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  3. The color is amazing. I would never think to add beets to my cranberry sauce. I love the suggestion to use it in sandwiches. My husband is slightly condiment obsessed, so I'm always looking for new ideas.

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    1. Sherri,
      If you husband is condiment obsessed, what do your fridge doors look like?
      I have so many at times I need to focus on using condiments to clear them out.
      Thanks!

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  4. This one really intrigues me... although I may have to make it and serve it without telling anyone that there are beets inside... hehe. :)

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    1. Beth,
      If I'm serving a smoothie with blueberries in it, my kids ask if it contains beets. They know me well. I operate under the DADT policy--if they don't ask, I don't volunteer the info. However they know to ask, so I tell them the truth. And often they like it anyway!
      Thanks!

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