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how to make cranberry sauceTonight we celebrated Thanksgiving.  It is 3 weeks before the actual holiday, but we have a good reason to celebrate early.  My husband will be deployed over the actual holiday and the whole point of the holiday is to be together and to be thankful.  We should do that every day of the year, but tonight we celebrated our family’s official Thanksgiving.  It was a wonderful evening with good friends, good food and champagne.  Please excuse any typos this evening.  Champagne and Chambord might be the end of me.

Bobbie is my grandmother.  We call her Nonnie, even though we are not even an ounce Italian.  She makes this cranberry dish every year and truly, it would not be Thanksgiving (fake or real) without them.  It is also my official kick start to my Thanksgiving preparations.  I always make this first before I do anything else.  I don’t know why, but it is my own little tradition.  I love making Thanksgiving dinner, it is truly one of my favorite meals, and this horseradish cranberry sauce must be a part of it.  I know what you are thinking, horseradish in cranberry sauce?  Yes.  It is perfect.  Slightly spicy and slightly sweet and the perfect compliment to turkey.  This is one of those things that I set on the table and people are skeptical about, yet those same people always ask me for the recipe for it for their Thanksgiving dinner.  This is by far my most requested recipe.  It has become a tradition in many other homes and I love it.

This recipe is incredibly easy and you will never buy a can of cranberry sauce ever again.  If you decide that you do not want to try the horseradish, just leave it out and you will have a perfectly delicious plain cranberry sauce.  If I am having a small Thanksgiving, as I did this year, I make half and half.  One bowl with horseradish and one without.  Just cut the amount of horseradish so that it does not overpower.  You should also start slowly with the horseradish and taste as you go.  A few years ago, I cracked open a new bottle of horseradish and put a few spoonfuls in, and everyone had runny noses.

how to make cranberry sauce2 1/2 packets plain gelatin (the picture is not correct, sorry)
1 bag (1 quart) fresh cranberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons horseradish

how to make cranberry sauceWash and pick over the cranberries.  Put the cranberries in a saucepan with the water and boil over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes.  The cranberries will soften and begin to pop.

how to make cranberry sauceDissolve the gelatin in a 1/2 cup of water.  Line a bowl with plastic wrap.

how to make cranberry saucePut the boiled cranberries in the food processor or a food mill.  I would prefer a food mill, but I do not have one.  Hello, Santa?

how to make cranberry sauceAdd the sugar and the dissolved gelatin to the bowl and process until smooth.

how to make cranberry sauceAdd the horseradish.  Pulse it and then give it a taste.  Add more horseradish if you want a spicier cranberry sauce.

how to make cranberry saucePour the cranberry sauce in the prepared bowl.  Cover the top with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight or for a few days.

horseradish cranberry sauce recipeUnmold and serve.  Make copies of this recipe, because people will be asking for it.

Bobbie’s Berries

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 packets plain gelatin (the picture is not correct, sorry)
  • 1 bag (1 quart) fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons horseradish

Instructions

  1. Wash and pick over the cranberries. Put the cranberries in a saucepan with the water and boil over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. The cranberries will soften and begin to pop.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in a 1/2 cup of water. Line a bowl with plastic wrap.
  3. Put the boiled cranberries in the food processor or a food mill. I would prefer a food mill, but I do not have one. Hello, Santa?
  4. Add the sugar and the dissolved gelatin to the bowl and process until smooth.
  5. Add the horseradish. Pulse it and then give it a taste. Add more horseradish if you want a spicier cranberry sauce.
  6. Pour the cranberry sauce in the prepared bowl. Cover the top with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight or for a few days.
  7. Unmold and serve. Make copies of this recipe, because people will be asking for it.
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33 Responses to Bobbie’s Berries

  1. Gorgeous! And horseradish!? Sounds so interesting…we will definitely be giving this one a try!

  2. Linda says:

    Food mill? Or Vita-Mix? ;)

  3. Tanya says:

    Okay, I have to admit that I am always picky about my cranberry sauce. I do not like the”chunky” kind. I actually prefer, and don’t laugh, the canned variety that you just slice. I know that’s not very Martha Stewart of me, but I don’t like to chew my cranberry sauce. I am intrigued by your recipe and will be trying it for sure. I’m sorry to hear that your husband is being deployed. My brother-in-law is also being deployed in about a week or so. My thoughts are with you and your family. Have a great day-

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Tanya. It is not for very long, and for that we are grateful. I like canned cranberry sauce too, but not on Thanksgiving.

  4. Lisa says:

    What beautiful cranberry sauce. Homemade cranberry sauce is always a must for me at Thanksgiving too. I think it’s even better than gravy on turkey.

  5. Abby says:

    This sounds good! I like a little zip to my cranberry sauce! I think I will make two bowls, one with and one without!

  6. wow Horseradish, I would have never thought! I bet it does give it a nice taste. I do love chunkier homemade Cranberry sauces.

  7. I cannot wait to see the rest of your Thanksgiving dinner recipes!!

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  9. Dear Thankful One,
    I am SOOOOOO in love with this recipe idea… I can’t eat Thanksgiving turkey without cranberry sauce and I LOVE horseradish so this sounds like a marriage made in Heaven!

    Love,
    Loooking Forward to Turkey Day in NE

  10. Nicole says:

    Whatever happened to the original name of this recipe?! :) I am making it again this year!

  11. corey says:

    These are delish and they keep for a while in the fridge. We have enjoyed them on many sandwiches since our Fakesgiving a couple weeks back with you guys. I will be making these for tday this year. I can’t wait to have these again.

  12. kate says:

    hi there! if i’m not using horseradish in this, do i need to decrease the amount of sugar?

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  14. Bridget says:

    I made this for our family Thanksgiving, and it was certainly a hit! My sister recently pointed out that the big ugly weed in our backyard is actually horseradish, so I dug some up and made homemade horseradish to go in. SOOOO good! Thank you.

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  17. JP says:

    I wanted to make this so badly last year, but I could NOT find plain horseradish for the life of me! I found some randomly in a store this summer, so I snagged it up in anticipation. I am so excited to make this this year!

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