My wife has been creating the antidote for about fourteen years, dating back to when she was a graduate student in Monterey. We found a recipe similar to the one below and my feelings for this famous side dish are forever changed. The above pic was taken a few years ago in our kitchen, moments before the little buggers began to pop.
You may need to experiment with the amount of sugar.
- 1 large orange (juice and peel)
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
- 4 cups fresh cranberries*
- 1/2 cup (2 oz.) toasted pecan pieces
Grate the orange peel and add to a pot with the sugar and ginger. Add the juice from the orange into the pot and simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and cook 3 to 5 minutes until the skins pop open. Mash berries with spoon or fork until of desired consistency. Add pecans. Serve warm or chilled.
*Fresh, frozen cranberries can be substituted for fresh.