National Cranberry Day is just a couple days away on November 23rd. Did you know there was such a day? Good thing it happens to fall right around Thanksgiving, right? Cranberries are a popular holiday cooking/baking ingredient with an added health benefit of being rich in antioxidants.
Do you serve cranberry sauce with your Thanksgiving Day turkey? If so, consider making this Pistachio Cranberry Sauce for a naturally gluten-free, fun, crunchy twist on an old favorite.
Pistachio Cranberry Sauce
3/4 cups water
1/2 cup packed organic brown sugar*
1 large cinnamon stick
10 oz fresh or frozen organic cranberries (2 1/2 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
Dash sea salt
1/4 cup Setton Farms roasted, shelled Pistachio Kernels (roughly chopped)*
2 tablespoons dried cranberries*
Heat a 2 quart sauce pot and add water and brown sugar. Bring to simmer over medium heat and add cinnamon stick, fresh or frozen cranberries, lemon juice and zest, and sea salt. Stir to incorporate all ingredients.
Simmer covered until berries burst and sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and add in diced pistachios and dried cranberries. Cook about 1-2 minutes uncovered and remove from heat.
Serve warm or allow to cool, then refrigerate sauce over night.
Pistachio cranberry sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead.
*To make the dish faster, use 1/3 cup packed organic brown sugar and substitute pistachios and dried cranberries with four diced Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites.
*Recipe courtesy of Spork Foods. More about the chefs:
L.A.-based sisters and celebrity chefs, Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods are vegan chefs that own a Los Angeles-based gourmet cooking school. The culinary duo are also cookbook authors and work with some of Hollywood’s elite including Emily and Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Alicia Silverstone.