Orange zest and juice lend Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce an extra zing that makes it a real crowd pleaser. But the real star of the show is fabulous fall pomegranates!
This version of the holiday favorite is especially pretty when presented individually portioned in a martini glass or even a miniature silicone mold! I found and featured this adorable set of molds while researching my Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation Kitchen Essentials article. They were so cute that I ordered myself a set right then and there!
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In that post I mentioned that a display of diminutive molded cranberry sauces would be fab on a crystal cake stand.
So, of course when it came time to share my recipe for Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce, I had to try it in my individually-portioned molds!
Then I dolled them up a bit with some sugared cranberries and candied orange peel! They’re actually sitting on a bed of green and purple cabbage to lend some extra drama to this creative version of a “platter”.
Before I get to this amazing recipe, I want to share with you a Thanksgiving holiday gift from me to you!
Add some real Fall holiday panache to your table with my THANKSGIVING MENU AND PLACE CARD SETS.
I like to let my guests know where to sit while I’m busy with my finishing touches in the kitchen. That’s why I love to use place cards when entertaining for the holidays.
And, to quell the never-ending question, “What’s for dinner?”, I use a themed menu card that coordinates with my place cards. A beautiful set of Thanksgiving tablescape printables will give your table settings some real style.
So this year I decided to whip up two different designs of Thanksgiving Dinner Menu & Place Card Sets for you!
I’ll tell you how to get your own set of Thanksgiving Dinner Menu & Place Cards a little later in this post.
The pomegranate originated in the region extending from Iran to northern India and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region.
It was introduced to America by the Spanish in the late 16th century and into California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
The pomegranate farming industry has grown tremendously through the years and is now a thriving agricultural crop in the fruit growing regions of California and Arizona.
Since this glorious ruby-seeded fruit is ripe just in time for the holidays, I love to incorporate pomegranates in all kinds of dishes throughout the season.
Here’s a few other fabulous pomegranate recipes that you should check out while you’re here!
One caveat though, you need to learn how to properly open and remove the arils, or seeds, from a juicy pomegranate.
I’ve ruined too many tops with the squirting juice to learn that if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can get messy!
Cranberry sauce or cranberry jam is a sauce or relish made from cranberries, served at Thanksgiving dinner in North America. In the UK and Canada it most often appears on their Christmas dinner menus.
There are differences in flavor depending on the geography of where the sauce originates. In Europe it’s generally on the tangy-sour side, while in North America it’s typically more heavily sweetened.
The recipe for cranberry sauce first appears in the 1796 edition of The Art of Cookery by Amelia Simmons, the first known cookbook authored by an American. But, it’s unlikely the pilgrims served cranberry sauce at their Thanksgiving meal.
Although the Pilgrims may have been aware of the wild cranberries, sugar was scarce. In fact, cranberries aren’t even mentioned by any primary sources for the First Thanksgiving dinner.
Want to watch how cranberries are harvested up in New England? Check out this short video to see how it done by the experts!
While you will need to cook down some fresh cranberries in orange juice and zest, it does it’s thing mostly without you!
After making Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce a few times, I wanted to try something a little different. I was looking for a little more depth of flavor, and it was accomplished with the addition of dried cranberries.
They’re tossed in the pan with the fresh berries and cook down into the thick mixture. The dried cranberries really provide that extra punch of cranberry flavor I was looking for!
And since we’re using a commercial cranberry flavored gelatin as a base, this recipe comes together with very little hands-on work. In order to achieve a truly “moldable” consistency, I have you add some additional plain gelatin too.
But once the two mixtures are joined and spooned into their respective molds or serving pieces, the rest of the work is done by the refrigerator! And when you’re busy with everything else on your Thanksgiving menu, your Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce will be the least of your worries!
How to Make Sugared Cranberries:
NAN’S TIP: For best results, don’t make your sugared berries until Thanksgiving morning.
You’ll find the recipe card for Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce at the bottom of this post. Now it’s time for me to tell you a little about a holiday planning tool that will make your Thanksgiving much more enjoyable!
When it comes time to begin planning for Thanksgiving some gals start to get a little tense.
While others glide through the holidays with yummy hors d’oeuvres tucked in their freezers to serve at a moment’s notice. That’s where my 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday Planner comes into play.
What’s the real difference between the two? Having a plan of action and the tools you need to get you to the finish line on Boxing Day morning!
It’s my standard practice when organizing a catered affair, to have a menu planner, prep schedule, prep list and grocery list. So I knew they’d be a part of my final comprehensive 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday Planner.
But, I’ve also added a few more planning tools to keep you organized and at the top of your holiday hostess game!
Here’s what’s included in the Thanksgiving Holiday Planner:
When you start to plan your Thanksgiving Dinner, it takes more than just deciding what dishes to serve.
You’ll also want to decide what dishes, glassware, serving pieces and so forth that you’ll need to have ready for the big day.
But, what about adding a little Thanksgiving spirit to your holiday table with some fabulous guest menu and place cards?
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The related post explains how to make sugared cranberries and candied orange peel to garnish your Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce.
Fat and calorie counts will vary with serving size.