Monday, December 8, 2008

Cranberry Lime Sauce & Thanksgiving

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A. and I traveled to visit my parents for a long Thanksgiving weekend, along with my brother and sister-in-law. It was the first time we were all together in my parents' new home. My mom was in charge of most of the cooking, but she deigned to let me take over the cranberry sauce this year ;) Check out the recipe below.

My parents were very excited to have everyone together. They went all out with the tablescape:

place setting

My mom (aka Crafty McCrafterson) put together the beautiful centerpiece herself:


As for the food, there was soo much that we were eating leftovers for the entire trip (that's 4 days worth!) Here are my mom's candied sweet potatoes, which were super sweet and caramel-y. She and I share an insatiable sweet tooth, so we were the ones that ate most of this.

candied sweet potato

My dad was in charge of the artichokes, which were delicious, as usual. A lot of people are surprised to see artichokes cooked like this — I think it's an Italian thing. We stuff breadcrumbs in between the leaves. (Here's a recipe from Simply Eats on how to cook them with no breadcrumbs.)


More side dishes... a corn casserole and, of course, stuffing!!

corn casserole


Here's the pièce de résistance... turkey! My parents actually cooked a "practice" turkey the week before, because they'd never tried brining before. Like I said, they were excited;) It turned out great and very moist, and it was definitely the best turkey I can remember.

turkey before uncovering

fully cooked turkey

My small contribution was probably the easiest part of the whole day. Also, I didn't really have to worry about screwing up, because we had a backup — my sister-in-law had requested canned cranberry sauce. (J., seriously. Canned?? ;) That stuff is scary!)

Cranberry Lime Sauce
I started from the recipe on the back of the cranberry bag, swapped brown sugar in for white sugar and added some lime juice and zest.

cranberry sauce in bowl

12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup packed brown sugar (~230g)
1 cup water
juice and zest of 2 limes

Wash the cranberries and pick out any stems or shriveled berries. Set aside.

Put the brown sugar and water into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and bring the mixture back to a boil. Once it begins boiling again, turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for about 10 minutes. The cranberries should burst, and the mixture will thicken up a little bit. Stir in the lime juice and zest.

cranberry sauce on stove

Cool the sauce down to room temperature. It is going to get a whole lot thicker, and the cranberries will mellow out the lime's tartness as it cools. You can serve this at room temperature, or refrigerate. It'll keep for a few days if you want to make it in advance.

Well, even though I was sick of Turkey a week ago, I'm starting to get hungry for it again looking back at these photos ;) I hope those of you that celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

table is set


VeggieGirl said...

What a feast!!

Debra said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous - as always. FYI, I make a very similar cranberry sauce, but chop up an apple and an orange (peel and all) and add them with the cranberries to the boiling sugar water. It's Annie's favorite part of the meal!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Such a beautiful Thanksgiving table! All that food looks gorgeous!



kim said...

Thanks all! :) @Debra, that sounds very tasty! Actually, my mom suggested an orange :) She was pretty skeptical about the lime flavor at first, but it won her over!

Jaime said...

that table scape looks straight out of a magazine!

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