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Jim's Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

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#1 jimdkc


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Posted 22 November 2016 - 06:08 PM

Jim's Bourbon-Vanilla Cranberry Sauce
1 Pkg. (12 oz.) Fresh Cranberries
1 cup Orange Juice
1/2 Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1 1/2 oz. Bourbon (or 1 - 50 ml miniature bottle)
1 small Jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
Wash the berries. Heat the berries and orange juice over medium heat in a saucepan. Stir occasionally. 
When the berries come to a boil and are cracking open, reduce the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.


Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat. Sauce will be thick and will thicken further on cooling. Let cool. Stir and fish out the vanilla beans before serving. Serve warm or chilled. I like it chilled.
I usually make a double batch. I like the Jalapeño in it... nobody else in my family does... so, I usually don't include it.
Serve leftovers over vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
I've also substituted Ginger Beer for all or part of the orange juice.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 10:21 PM

We make something very close to that, excellent stuff

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Posted 23 November 2022 - 03:45 PM

This recipe says "1/2 Vanilla Bean" because my wife, at one point, said, "Too much vanilla!" I have since gone back to 1 Vanilla bean. I usually use the Madagascar Vanilla beans from Costco (5 beans sold in a glass tube). This year I bought these on Amazon. They appear to be practically identical to the Costco ones. They are fat and moist, unlike the skinny, dried-out (and more expensive!) ones you usually find at the grocery store!


Since we're going to a family/friends gathering this year, where I know there will be some people who like the heat, I made a batch with jalapeño and a double-batch without.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Edited by jimdkc, 23 November 2022 - 03:49 PM.

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