Beyond Ocean Spray: Three Chefs Reinvent Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce
Tired of the canned stuff? We asked three chefs how they’d reinvent the Turkey Day garnish.
Kumquat Gewurztraminer Gelee
By Jamie Stachowski, Restaurant Kolumbia
In a saucepan, cover 1 quart of kumquats with water and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 2 minutes, then drain. Repeat process twice (it reduces bitterness) until kumquats are very soft (some may split). Slice, remove seeds, julienne, and set aside.
In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin with ½ cup Gewurztraminer wine. Set aside.
Set a pot over medium heat and mix 1 cup sugar with 1 cup honey . When sugar dissolves, turn heat to low and add 1 small knob peeled ginger, 1 star anise clove, and zest of 1 lemon. Simmer for a few minutes until aromatic. Stir in 2 more cups of wine, then add kumquats and simmer on low until flesh is tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Take ½ cup of syrup and whisk into gelatin/wine mixture, then stir gelatin mixture back into pot of kumquats and syrup. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 minced maraschino cherries, and a pinch of salt . Stir to evenly distribute kumquats and whole spices, and cool until solidified.
Cranberry, Orange, and Champagne Compote
By Tracy O’Grady, Willow
Set sauce pan over medium-high heat and saute 1 pound fresh cranberries with 1 tablespoon butter, ¼ cup sugar , and 1 teaspoon salt , until berries begin to soften—about 5 minutes. Add juice of 2 oranges and ½ cup Champagne and bring to boil. Cook until nearly all liquid is evaporated. Add 1 tablespoon butter and zest of two oranges. Once butter is incorporated, remove mixture from pan and chill for at least 4 hours.
By Patrick O’Connell, Inn at Little Washington
In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine 1 cup fresh cranberries , 1 peeled and finely chopped small onion, 2 peeled and chopped pears , 2 minced jalepeno peppers (seeds removed), ½ cup cranberry juice, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, juice of ½ lemon, ¾ cup sugar, 3 tablespoons grated ginger, and salt and black pepper to taste. Simmer for 45 minutes or until berries are tender. Let cool before serving.