I'm somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to holiday cooking. I make the basic sides and the usual main courses, only I can't help but put my own twist on practically everything. Sometimes I go far beyond what the recipe calls for, other times my influence is more subtle; it all depends on my mood that year. But I can tell you that it's almost never the same. I like to keeps things interesting that way.
This year, I decided to make the classic cranberry sauce a bit more fun by adding cherries to it (yup, cherries equals fun to me!). A strange fact about cranberry sauce: it's very easy to make, but most people find it a hassle to do. Usually folks go for the canned version. And I don't blame them; I realize that's the easiest way to go… but so is making the sauce from scratch! Plus, it tastes so much better when homemade.
I use dried bing cherries, and let me tell you, the tartness of the cherries is the perfect complement to the sweetness of the cranberries. Plus, the blend goes marvelously with turkey or ham.
Here's my quick and simple recipe for cherry cranberry sauce… give it a try!