Shellie & Alex’s Wine-y Cranberry Sauce

The ladies of Mustang Prairie love to celebrate all holidays and occasions–big and small–and a holiday totally dedicated to eating and drinking? Well they couldn’t resist coming up with a new twist on an old favorite!

Shellie: This recipe is strictly for the adult crowd! Think of it as kind of a mulled wine cranberry sauce because you’ll need much more than sugar and water for this delicious dish. Alex is on wine duty because she’s a far more competent drinker than I am but this recipe was a collaboration between me and my bestie…even if she can’t eat this yet!

Alex: You all know I think pretty much any dish can be improved upon with booze, and turkey day makes that doubly true. Who can deal with a packed house full of over-sexed senior citizens, matchmaking old ladies, a growing list of friends and Shirl, who is in a class of her own, without the aid of alcohol?

This year I have no choice but to endure it sober, which means I’m dedicated to making sure everyone else is as relaxed as possible. So, let’s get to cooking!

What you’ll need:

  • 12 oz. Cranberries (rinsed & separated)
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 inch orange zest strip
  • 2  tbsp. Water or Fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup Red wine (dry or table, avoid sweet red wine, this is sweet enough!)

wine-y cranberry

What to do:

  1. Add cranberries except 1/2 cup, sugar, orange strip, water and cinnamon stick to a deep pot over low heat.
  2. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved and increase the heat to about half, let the berries burst and soften and reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Add in reserve berries & red wine and simmer 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how soft you want them.
  4. Let the sauce cool before you eat it, but taste it and see if it needs more wine! Add a little at a time, you don’t want it too juicy.
  5. Add to bread, dressing, stuffing or whatever else floats your boat. Right now, Alex is eating it on top of French vanilla ice cream.


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