Monday, November 24, 2014

Someone-Likes-It-From-the-Can Cranberry Sauce for #foodnflix


Food‘nFlix
For this month's Food'N'Flixwe watched, or rewatched as the case may be, Pieces of April. Deb, at Kahakai Kitchen, is our hostess this month. 
Click to see Deb's invitation.

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collage from Deb,  Kahakai Kitchen
On the Screen...
This is a completely new-to-me movie. And, though I typically like quirky, indie flicks, this one did not float my boat. Oh, well. You can't like 'em all. But I was still inspired to get into the kitchen. This exchange had me in stitches.

April Burns: Well, the cranberries were easy. I just had to open the can.
Eugene: [needing support from his wife] Evette?
April Burns: [sensing Eugene's outrage] What? Oh, come on. Everyone likes it from the can.
Eugene: No one likes it from the can.

On the Plate...
Sadly, Eugene, some people do like it from the can. Some people who share my last name, in fact. So, I decided to have a little fun and make some homemade cranberry sauce that looks like it's from a can! Here you go...


 And no, there are not garbanzo beans in this recipe...I needed the can!


Ingredients 
  • One 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 1-1/2 C diced, peeled apple (I used Granny Smith)
  • 1 rinsed can with its tell-tale ridges


Procedure
In a large, flat-bottom pan, combine the cranberries, apple, sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the cranberries are completely broken down and the sauce is very thick, approximately 30 minutes. Scrape the cranberry sauce into the can and refrigerate until chilled and set, approximately 3 to 4 hours.

To serve: invert the jelly onto a serving plate.


There you have it. This was a tough one for me. I kept wantimg to add some herbs, spices, even a splash of wine. But for someone who likes it in a can, I think it needed to be plain jane.

Even though I didn't love the movie. I loved this project! And my someone-who-likes-it-from-the-can was amused.



That's all for now. Next month Heather of girlichef is hosting as we watch A Christmas Story. Stay tuned for more information on that.

11 comments:

  1. I loved this post!! I also live with someone who "loves it from the can" so I allow him to use that on his leftover sandwiches instead of the homemade that graces the table.

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  2. I admit - I love cranberry jelly from a can - however, I am deprived in that I have never had homemade either!! This year or next I will remedy.

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    1. Definitely try it, Rebekah. My husband grew up eating it from the can...and loves it that way. But he enjoys my fresh sauces, too.

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  3. G'day What a great idea and love your post today! Congrats on completing this month's Food 'n Flix challenge too! Happy Thanksgiving and may your oven continue to work the whole day through! Cheers! Joanne

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  4. Sorry the film wasn't a win for you but I love the creativity that it inspired. I am on the not-in-the-can side with Eugene--it wasn't until I tried fresh that I realized I actually liked cranberry sauce. ;-) I love how adorable your fresh-fake out looks and would be happy to find it on the Thanksgiving table.

    Thanks for joining in this month!

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    1. You bet! I'm with you and Eugene for sure. I usually do two cranberry sauces for Thanksgiving: (1) a cooked chutney and (2) a fresh relish with cranberries and clementines. Thanks for picking the movie though...I would never have watched it otherwise.

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  5. I loved that scene and remember certain family members that wagged in a can to a Thanksgiving long ago. They were shunned. :). You always shine at FnF, Camilla!!

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  6. Okay, this is so much fun! I have NEVER EVER liked cranberry sauce from the can. I skipped it like it was the plague when I was little. As soon as I was a young adult, I started making the good stuff and bringing it every year (what a revelation - my grandpa always devours it). I do adore how you put it into a can for the movie :).

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  7. Ha ha ha love the quirkiness of your recipe. I have never been a can version person but I would make this just to make people talk. And it sounds good too.

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