Raw Cranberry Sauce

Raw Cranberry Sauce | @HipVegetarian

Raw Cranberry Sauce | @HipVegetarian

Here’s a quick Thanksgiving Recipe gift for you all: Raw Cranberry Sauce.

I made this recipe a few years ago and never could find it again. Then just this morning I realized it was the same cooked Recipe from Williams Sonoma, just slightly modified.  This sauce is a heavenly twist on the traditional cranberry sauce out of a can.

Raw Apple-Orange Cranberry Sauce

1/2 Orange
2 Tbls Orange Juice
1 Tart Apple (Granny Smith / McInstoch / Pippin)
3 cups, Fresh Cranberries (12 oz)
1 1/4 cup, Sugar
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves

Remove skin from the apple, and core in to 8ths. Remove stem from orange on the outside. Rinse and check cranberries for firmness.

Throw everything into a food processer and blend untill you have the consistancy you like. And yes, that even include the orange peel!

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Our Christmas Wreath

Chicken-Cranberry Wreath

Most of our extended family isn’t vegetarian, so we’ve made our own Christmas tradition to include along side their turkey.

Assembling the crescent rolls can be a little tricky.  Just make sure you alternate the triangle dough from inside, then outside.  Also line the small inside of the triangles to form a circle.

This recipe is adapted from The Pampered Chef and it’s been a tradition for us during every holiday for the past 10 years.

Chicken-Cranberry Wreath

STEP ONE
2 pkg. (8oz.) refrigerated Crescent Rolls
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 T. Honey Dijon Mustard
1 bag Morningstar Chicken Strips OR 2 cans Worthington Fri-Chik, shredded
1/2 tea. Black Pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Celery,  sliced
3 T. Parsley, fresh, snipped
1/2 cup Cranberries, dried
1 cup Swiss Cheese, shredded

STEP TWO
1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped
1 Egg, separated

Oven 375 degrees
Arrange crescent rolls so the inside edge forms a circle. Alternate roll points to point inside then out.

Mix Step One ingredients together.

Using medium scoop, scoop filling over seams of dough.  Sprinkle nuts over filling. Fold strips of rolls over (alternating inside and ouside pieces of rolls). Tuck last end under first. Beat egg white lightly — brush over dough. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

It’s the Simple Things

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My posts are few and far between for two reasons: I’m still visiting my parents and I haven’t been cooking much — sustaining myself with Thanksgiving leftovers.

For many who are burned out with cooking, or just need an idea for tonight’s dinner, I shall remind you of the simple salad.  One that can be dressed with your favorite fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, cheese, etc.

My favorite salad is one made of Spinach with Fresh Pears, Dried Cranberries, Gorgonzola Cheese and Toasted Brown Sugar Pumpkin Seeds, topped off with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.

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For a vegan version, simply leave out the cheese and add any additional fruit that you enjoy.

Easy, simple and delicious as a side dish or a main dish for any evening.