Supporting Our Cranberry Farmers and the Nutritious Fruit is a Perfect New Year’s Dessert

Nothing makes the holiday season as memorable as delicious foods and sweets. What do you plan to bring to the New Year’s table this year? With the sales of cranberries on the rise, preparing a cranberry sauce as a New Year’s dessert might be just what you need to create that memorable tasting. Cranberries are a staple around the table at Christmas, but the vitamin-rich, tasty treat is so good, you can bring back the dish at New Years and add a special ingredient to leave your guests in awe.

This New Year’s Spiced Cranberry Sauce dessert recipe, made with spiced wine, will raise a few eyebrows when your guests enjoy their first bite.

New Year’s Spiced Cranberry Sauce

12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
⅔ cup white sugar
⅔ cup dry red wine
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon ground Allspice

Mix together all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil at medium heat. Stir occasionally until the cranberries start to pop. Press the cranberries against the side of the pot and continue cooking until the cranberries break down and the sauce turns into a jam-like consistency. Let it cool down for about 30 minutes and pour in a bit of water. Serve it hot with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream. You can also make this the day before and save some time in the kitchen. Just make sure you store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

As we participate in the celebration of the holiday season, we like to take time and celebrate the critical role farmers and ranchers play in providing the food on our tables. Without their hard work and dedication, it would be hard for us to make recipes like these. Listen to some of our clients’ stories and learn more about AgAmerica here.