Note from Cheri: Here’s a serving idea for cranberry sauce — make it in a decorative mold. This recipe combines the best of jelled and whole cranberry sauce in a beautiful way.
3 C fresh cranberries
3 1/2 C cranberry juice cocktail (you can also use blends like cran-apple or cran-raspberry juice)
4 (1/2 oz.) envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 1/3 C sugar
2 T lemon juice
Serves 12 – 14
Pour 1 cup cranberry juice in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 15 minutes. Combine cranberries and sugar in a food processor. Process with short pulses until the cranberry are finely chopped.
In a large saucepan, combine berry/sugar mixture with remaining cranberry juice and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered and stirring frequently, until cranberry bits are tender, about 8 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture until gelatin dissolves. Cool slightly and pour into an 8 or 9 cup mold. Cover and refrigerate until firm — at least 8 hours. Can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.
To unmold, turn mold over onto a plate. Soak a kitchen towel in hot water and wrap it around the inverted mold. Let stand for a few minutes, them remove towel. Holding plate and mold together, gently shake until cranberry sauce falls from mold onto plate. If your mold is being stubborn, repeat the process with another hot towel.
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