Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Delicious and Easy Portuguese Cranberry Sauce Recipe by Josie Riviera

And, if you were in Portugal in November and wanted to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner, you would soon find that many of the ingredients are non-existent.

Looking for pecans to bake a pecan pie? Nope!
Canned pumpkin for pumpkin pie? Hah!
Cranberries for cranberry sauce? Nope, again. And certainly you won’t find canned cranberry sauce (my fave!) in any of the supermarkets.

However, you might find dried cranberries, although it’s interesting to note that the Portuguese do not have a name for cranberries, although the word “oxicoco” is sometimes used.

The good news is that you will be able to purchase a fresh turkey and roasted chestnuts from the many street vendors. Add a loaf of crusty Portuguese bread, a bottle of Port, and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast!

Here’s a recipe for “Portuguese” cranberry sauce. Note that dried cranberries and port wine are listed in the ingredients.

You will need:
Water to moisten
6 apples
Approximately 7 cups of dried cranberries
Port wine (I use most of the bottle!)
¾ cup brown sugar
Cinnamon and cloves to taste

Mix all ingredients and simmer on stove.

Do you have a favorite cranberry sauce recipe? Please share below.

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  1. We make cranberry orange relish. The recipe used to be on the back of the cranberry package. Put one bag of washed cranberries and 1-2 washed oranges through the food processor. Add 1/4 to 1/2 sugar & cinnamon to taste. Put into pretty bowl. Freeze leftovers for next holiday.

    1. Jennifer, thanks for sharing. This recipe is a keeper!

  2. I can almost smell the cinnamon and cloves, Josie! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. Sounds delicious! Several of my kids raise their noses at cranberry salad and sauce, so I do a batch of sugar coated cranberries too: 1 pkg cranberries cleaned and sorted, 1 1/2 cups maple syrup. Mix and store in container in fridge overnight. Roll in 1 1/2 cups sugar...a couple of times insures little stickiness. Let dry. And enjoy.

    1. This is a keeper recipe I'm sure everyone will love. Thank you!

  4. Sorry, I don't have a recipe! Mine has always been Ocean's Spray in a can.

    1. Linda,
      Should I admit that I LOVE the cranberry sauce in a can, too? :)

  5. chconstantine@comcast.netNovember 11, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    A bag of cranberries, cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of orange juice + grated rind, cinnamon stick, 1/2 tsp ginger cook on medium low for about 20 minutes till all berries pop and contents thicken.

    1. Wow! Another great recipe. I love the addition of orange juice to give it some tang. Thanks so much!

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  7. I understand the contest is closed but have to share! I use the repcipe on the bag for cranberry orange relish but instead of using water I use Cafe’Zinfandel wine and add a tap of vanilla to it. It mellows out the tartness and those that won’t eat it devour it!