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Monday, November 16, 2009

Drunken Cranberries. You're Welcome...
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. For years, my mom hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the family. I have fond memories of defrosting the turkey in a cold water bath in the sink, the enameled roasting pan being thrown into the oven at 5:00 a.m., and of course my grandfather slicing the bird with the electric knife.

There's also the food! Oh good Lord!

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
Lumpy mashed potatoes
Pumpkin pie
Jellied Cranberries

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a slice of jellied cranberries. As my grandma would say, "The lines from the can tell me where to cut." However, I will say that a slice of cranberries on a slice of turkey between 2 slices of bread is one hell of a sandwich.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I promised to post the infamous Drunken Cranberries. Yes. The same cranberries that nearly burned down the in-law's newly remodeled kitchen. Nothing says family togetherness like your mother in law screaming for her husband because of a fireball shooting out of the oven.


It wasn't until a few weeks ago when my co-workers asked for the recipe that I realized what caused said fireball.

Too much rum. Way, way, way too much rum. I know. How can there be such a thing, right? Well, in a gas oven, there is a limit.

Here's the recipe:
photo credit:  Google Images
(but seriously...this is what it looks like!!)

Drunken Cranberries
1 bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup rum (or brandy, or hard cider. Bottom line--you need booze)

Preheat oven to 325
Pour cranberries into a baking dish (8x8 works well)
Mix brown sugar and rum in a bowl until well mixed.
Pour sugar/rum mixture over cranberries.

Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Cranberries will burst and shrink and the liquid will turn into a thick syrup.

Serve warm.

This year we're trying them in a crock pot.
I swear it has nothing to do with the fire.


Anonymous said...

Just to be clear....the lumpy mashed potatoes were your Aunt and Uncles contribution....not your Mother's responsibility...Just saying....Love,mom

Two Blessings From Above said...

I love Thanksgiving too. I will have to try those in my crock pot this year.

Dorkys Ramos said...

Sure made for one hell of a story...and of course alcohol is always involved in those!

As for me, I'm not sure what I'll be doing for Thanksgiving. My family has never been the traditional sit down for Thanksgiving dinner type of people. Shoot, I've only had the whole cranberries with turkey and gravy and mashed potatoes once in my life. We do Latin dishes in my family so it's all about roasted pork, sweet potatoes and plantains, rice and beans, etc.

Last year, I did invite the fam and hosted an actual dinner and we all survived, so maybe I'll do it again this year. Depends on how brave I'm feeling.

Caren said...

Hi there! The recipe sounds delic!!! We do the usual...turkey, mashed potatos (my kids are weird - they like "boxed"...), stuffing (or dressing as some call it), lots of broccoli and cranberry sauce. I'm making cheddar cheese biscuits with the meal this year too. Don't forget dessert...apple pie, pumpkin pie and rocky road brownies. I think I'll skip dinner and go right for dessert.

hulagirlatheart said...

This sounds crockpot worthy!

Ha. While I love the various cranberry dishes that I try, I must admit I'm also okay with a big hunk of the jellied stuff right out of the can.

Jason, as himself said...

Oooooo, the rum!

Tracy Griffin - Artist said...

bake covered or uncovered??