I hate to do this to you. You know, give you a recipe for something that doesn't look like placenta in a can. (Canned cranberry jelly). Wait. Was that inappropriate? Sorry, but, you know me. That stuff wiggles and jiggles and weirds me out in general. I love when is sucks out and stays in the exact same shape as the can with the imprints on it. GUH-ROSS! Oh if you do use that stuff in a can, do you put it on a nice little platter and slice it? My mom used to do that!! (sorry Ma)
So with all that being said, I am admittedly not a cranberry fan in general. There are exceptions to most rules, but, just in general, yeah, no thanks. I wanted to come up with an alternative to cranberry jelly or gelatinous stuff. This has a thick little syrup, it is easier than ever to make, and people will think you are a genius. I can definitely see this on my Thanksgiving table, and I hope you put it on yours as well!
The apples are your choice, I used, OMG, I can't remember what kind I used. You guys, I am dead serious. (laughing so hard). But use what you want. Don't fret over it, we will be adding a bit of sugar, and all will be well.
You will need:
5 ounces dried cranberries
1/2 cup water (divided)
1 tbsp. sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 med apples, peeled and chopped into pieces of your preference
1/4 cup chopped pecans
In a saucepan combine cranberries, water, sugar and salt. Bring it to a boil, stirring often, and turn off the heat, but leave the pot on the burner. Let sit for 10 minutes. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, apples and 1/4 cup more water, bring back to a boil, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. When the apples have softened a bit, and the syrup has thickened, it is done! Make sure to sprinkle some extra pecan on top when you serve!
I hope you "not so into cranberry sauce" people like me will enjoy this. I am not so into fruit period, but like a good foodie, I tried my own dish and it was amazing but, can I be honest and tell you what I did with the leftovers? Baby food........I processed it and froze it so my littles can enjoy it too! I can't keep it till Thanksgiving!!!
ENJOY! (sorry about the placenta comment, but not sorry enough to remove it and then mention it again here)