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Cranberry Sauce with Dates and Orange

Makesabout 4 cups
  • Active time:15 min
  • Start to finish:25 min
November 2008
To the traditional orange-cranberry combination, we’ve added Mediterranean touches: dates for their honeylike sweetness and a splash of balsamic vinegar to balance the flavors.
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 strips orange zest (see Cooking Tips)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates (6 oz), divided
  • 2 (12-oz) bags cranberries (thawed if frozen), divided
  • Simmer water, sugar, zest, juice, vinegar, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring, 3 minutes. Add half of dates and half of cranberries and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to burst, about 7 minutes. Stir in remaining dates and cranberries and simmer until remaining cranberries begin to burst, about 7 minutes more. Serve at room temperature.
Cooks’ note: Sauce can be made 3 days ahead and chilled.
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