Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vegan MoFo Day 2: Cranberry Sauce

What goes better with Seitan Turkey than Cranberry sauce? Ok, gravy. I'll do gravy another day. But Cranberry Sauce?? Mmmm. I almost like it better the next day on bread with Vegenaise and Seitan. Just like Mama used to make! Except without the dead bird. And whipped egg yolks with oil. Ew.

Cranberry sauce is really easy to make. I've never seen a canned cranberry sauce that wasn't vegan, but it's still worth it to make your own! This is a fancy version that I think I stole from Alton Brown with citrus juice and zest and little bits of apple. It is worth the extra effort for the depth of flavor!

You Need:
1 12oz bag cranberries
1 cup water
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced small (cranberry sized)
1 orange, juiced and zested (zest first! It's hard to zest once you've juiced)
1 lemon, juiced and zested (see above)

1. In a large pot, cook the cranberries, water, and sugar together until the berries pop
2. Add the apples, zest and juices and cook for another 15 minutes
3. Allow to cool - refrigerate for a day to let it set up. (Cranberries have tons of pectin, so do apples, so it gels up well!)

See? Easy. The hardest part about that was not zesting your fingers. If you want it even fancier, toss in a cinnamon stick and sub out some juice (or wine? champagne?) for all or part of the water.


Ty said...

Beautiful color, and I used to love that sandwich, now I can't wait to veganize it. I love Tofurky's take on it with their flavored sandwich slices, but i know yours tastes better.

jessy said...

i always thought making cranberry sauce was difficult so i never attempted to make my own. ah hah ha! i can't believe how easy it is - and yours looks awesome. i love the citrus twist and addition of appley goodness! what a great idea - and thanks for the recipe!

megatarian said...

Jessy - you can make it even easier by just doing the sugar, water, and cranberries - cook them together on medium heat until all the berries pop and you're done! (Well other than chill time.) People get all impressed too that it's not from a can.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I'm saving this recipe for later! Looks super simple and good.