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Author Notes: Last Thanksgiving I set out to make a healthier and less cloying cranberry sauce. I wanted an accompaniment that would be something I would crave adding to my roast turkey, not just a wiggly blob ignored on the table. The pears add a great amount of sweetness, allowing me to cut way down on the amount of sugar typically found in cranberry sauce recipes.
It is also great on top of greek yogurt, or pureed as a starter for a holiday cocktail. —PitchforkDiaries
Makes: 2 1/2 cups
cups fresh cranberries
Bosc Pears, very ripe, peeled and finely diced
tablespoons Fresh Ginger, grated
tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
Cinnamon Stick, about 3 inches
teaspoon Ground Cardamom
- Combine cranberries, pear, ginger, water, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and cardamom in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
- After about 5 minutes, add the honey. Cook for about 5 minutes more, until the berries have collapsed and the pear had started to breakdown and dissolve.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool. The sauce will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator, and also freezes well. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pears