Making cranberry sauce in the slow cooker? The house smells terrific and you've got the stove free to make yet another side dish. Adding oranges, beets, and a kick of ginger? Lovely. Thanks to Alanna and her reader Karen for the inspiration.
I'm trying to squeeze the Thanksgiving side dish recipes in as fast as I can, along with some suppers to tide you over and use up your Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
I typically roast the farm share beets before I have a plan for them. Scrub a bunch of beets, place them in a foil packet with a splash of olive oil, slide the packet onto a baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for an hour or until the packet 'gives' when you squeeze it. Sometimes gigantic beets can take nearly 2 hrs, but 1 hr is a good time to check. Let the packet cool, the slip the skins off the beets and chop to the size you desire.
|Six ingredients--so simple!|
I've got a little 1.5 qt slow cooker which is perfect for this application. It's also perfect for heating up leftovers while I'm ferrying kids around, so I recommend this size appliance as more than a 'one note' space waster. Something like this Slow Cooker (Amazon affiliate link) with an added Keep Warm function, works great for soup or sloppy joes and holds enough to feed our family.
I struggled with the idea of naming this a sauce. It's not really sauce-like. Come to think of it, neither is cranberry sauce. It's really more of a
If you've got beets, consider throwing some of them into this salad. It keeps for a week in the fridge, and although the execution was a failure, the concept of adding it to a rolled pizza as shown at the bottom of the post [come! Look at my failures!] is a good one. For other recipes using beets, please see my Beet Recipe Collection.
Cranberry, Orange and Beet Salad
12 ounces cranberries (can be thawed from frozen)
2 cups chopped roasted beets (see above)
1½ cups sugar
¾ cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon ginger paste
Rinse the cranberries and toss the odd-looking ones that aren't plump and smooth. In a large bowl [because trying this directly in my slow cooker resulted in a huge mess] combine cranberries and beets. Zest the orange over the bowl, then peel, seed and chop the flesh. Add the orange flesh to the bowl. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Transfer to a 1.5 quart slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2½ hours, giving it a few stirs during that time so you can breathe in the wonderful smell. Chill before serving. Makes 4 cups.
|A failure--turkey, cranberry and brie rolled pizza.|