I freely admit that the question of my favorite Thanksgiving dish has taken me a few days to answer and commit to one dish. “All” is not an option for this post. I finally settled on Cranberry Sauce because it’s one of the unsung heroes of the Thanksgiving table (and someone else already claimed stuffing).
I’m not sure why, but as a kid I just couldn’t get enough of the canned jellied cranberry sauce. It was always a dish that was a last minute thought and pretty much always came out of the can. Since then, my family has graduated to making cranberries from scratch and I still love them. In fact, I think I love them even more!
There are so many ways to eat cranberries and the flavor pairs so well with all of the other dishes. I’m pretty sure half the reason my mom even served cranberry sauce was to put it on a turkey sandwich the next day. Yum!
Flavor aside, cranberries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat—especially on a day filled with butter-smothered indulgence. Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. They help prevent inflammation and support the immune system. You can read more about the amazing health benefits of cranberries here.
Most recipes call for copious amounts of sugar to balance the tartness of the cranberries, so I’m not sure what the net benefit of eating cranberry sauce might be beyond the pure gastronomical pleasure.
Here is the simple recipe for basic cranberry sauce from Simply Recipes.com that I’m going to try this year: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cranberry_sauce/
Do you make your cranberry sauce from scratch?