Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve been looking for a cranberry sauce recipe to make this year for Thanksgiving, look no further. This Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce is the perfect combination of tart and sweet with a hint of warmth from the port, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving prep is in full swing around the house these days. Our new dining room table is getting delivered tomorrow, we placed the order for our turkeys, and we finally got the guest room all cleaned up and ready to go. As for the menu planning, I think I’ve finalized the meal portion of the day, but the desserts are all still up in the air.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

I’m planning to make some recipes that I know and love, like this <a href="http://www.beantownbaker.com/2008/11/depths-of-fall-butternut-squash-pie.html"Depths of Fall Pie and these Pecan Pie Cookies. Hubby’s mom is making her famous Chocolate Mousse and her boyfriend is making his famous pumpkin pie. I’ll probably throw in a new recipe to round out the dessert table, but I haven’t had time to play around in the kitchen to figure out what just yet.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

There were a few cranberry recipes I wanted to test out. I love this Classic Cranberry Sauce recipe and I plan to make it, but I also wanted to make something with a bit more pizzazz. A dressed up cranberry sauce. This was the first candidate on my list of recipes and I stopped testing recipes after one bite of this cranberry sauce. It’s sweet and tart with chunks of fig and cranberry dancing around together. The rosemary and port provide a subtle warmth that round out the sauce nicely. I left mine fairly chunky, but you could also puree it for a smoother consistency.

Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

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Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce

This Fig and Port Cranberry Sauce is the perfect combination of tart and sweet with a hint of warmth from the port, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar.

Yield: ~3 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups ruby Port
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
8 dried black Mission figs, stemmed, chopped
1 6-inch-long sprig fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients except the cranberries and white sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring until brown sugar dissolves.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the rosemary stems. Stir in cranberries and sugar.

Cook on medium until cranberries burst, stirring occasionally. Once liquid has reduced slightly, remove from heat and cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve (may be made up to a week in advance).

Recipe from Bon Appetit

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8 Responses to “Thanksgiving 2013 Recap”

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    Jane George — December 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

    It looks like a wonderful family filled Holiday, I do get a kick out of the fact that you moved from MA and then bought a “Cape Cod” house. 🙂

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    megan — December 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    hani/hanielas — December 5, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Now that looks like a proper Thanksgiving to me!

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    Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — December 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Looks like you had a very SPECIAL first Thanksgiving in your beautiful new house!
    Cheers,
    J+C

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    Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine — December 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving! And that tree is just incredible! Ombre tree! 😀

    • beantownbaker — December 9th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      Thanks! I’m seriously OBSESSED with it 🙂

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — December 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Sounds like the perfect holiday to me! Your house looks adorable. So happy you got to host Thanksgiving this year – it really is just a fun holiday!

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:54 am

      Thanks! Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday of the year. I’m tempted to offer to host every year, but I think Hubby would strangle me.

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