Cranberry Sauce…love it or hate it, it is a holiday meal staple, and any seasonal celebration wouldn’t be complete without it. However, the cold, gelatinous bittersweet and sour substance most of us grew up with does leave at least a little to be desired!
At some point, growing up, I began questioning why we always had the ubiquitous glob of cranberry goo that everyone reluctantly scooped on their plate, but ate with visibly ironic trepidation. There had to be a better way to serve cranberries…and there was!
This extremely simple recipe is how we’ve prepared cranberries at home ever since, and it has become one of my favorite holiday side dishes that I truly look forward to every year, and I know you will too! Using fresh cranberries paired with seasonal fruits and nuts makes this a far cry from the traditional side dish we’ve all enjoyed(?) in the past, and serves as a healthy, eye appealing, and festive alternative.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries (chopped)
- 1 cup crushed pineapple drained
- 2 medium apples (chopped)
- 2 oranges (diced)
- 2 boxes raspberry gelatin (Jell-O)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup nuts chopped (pecans or walnuts work well)
- Fresh mint for garnish (to taste)
- Prepare the gelatin per its instructions and place it in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Chop/dice the remaining ingredients while the gelatin sets and mix in large bowl.
- Once the gelatin is set, simply mix it with the rest of the ingredients, garnish with fresh mint and chill or serve!
*Tip: you can use the liquid from the pineapple in place of some of the water when preparing the gelatin for extra flavor!
Health benefits of cranberries include:
- Cancer preventative
- Immune booster
- Blood pressure (decrease)
- Bacteria inhibiting (urinary tract)