All Time Favorite Cranberry Dish for Thanksgiving


Here’s a Thanksgiving tip. Generally, your turkey is not cooked enough if it passes you the cranberry sauce.
Joan Rivers 

I can’t remember exactly how many years that I have been making Ina’s cranberry conserve, but obviously too many to count…for just as many years we gather at my neighbor’s house and my contributions are always the same as requested the cranberries and the oyster dressing it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them.  We buy the big Sam’s bags of cranberries and I make enough for Thanksgiving and Christmas…it freezes well and of course, leave out the nuts when freezing adding them the day that you serve the conserve.

I made two batches today and they took 3 minutes in the Instant Pot with a natural release for 10 minutes and finished on low sauté for 4-5 minutes after adding the apple, juices, and zest.  Stovetop method is shown in the recipe below.  Keep in mind that you can cut back on the water for the Instant Pot, two cups was enough. Add the nuts just before serving…

One 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, cleaned

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1 orange, zest grated and juiced

1 lemon, zest grated and juiced

3/4 cup raisins

3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Cook the cranberries, sugar, and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over low heat for about 5 minutes, or until the skins pop open. Add the apple, zest, and juices and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove from the heat and add the raisins and nuts. Let cool, and serve chilled.

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