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Tasty secrets of the exceptional cranberry

Shhh! We have a tasty secret to share. It's all about an exceptional autumn fruit that can do just about anything. Take your taste buds on an exciting adventure and awaken your senses with the bold, vibrant taste of the cranberry. There's no other fruit that is truly transformational. From its unique taste to its rich heritage and long history of health benefits, the cranberry holds a plethora of secrets that are worth sharing.

Did you know that the cranberry pairs perfectly with a variety of sweet and tangy flavors? From white chocolate to jalapenos, any dish can go from wimpy to wild.

Cranberries can also provide the perfect base for brining. Although citrus is the common kitchen cohort, culinary maestros know cranberry brine can be a seriously seasonal compliment to any meat--pork, chicken or turkey.

Cranberries are native to North America and bursting with fruity flavor, these delicious, bite-sized morsels will leave your guests feeling satisfied, but not stuffed.


Rustic Cherry Berry Pie Pops

1 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts)

Filling:

2 cups frozen cherries
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup Ocean Spray Cran*Cherry Cranberry Cherry Juice Drink
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
12 oven-proof lollipop sticks, cut in half
1 egg white, beaten
Colored sugars, optional

Let crusts stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before unrolling. Unroll on lightly floured surface. Roll crusts lightly with rolling pin to even out surfaces. Using a 2 1/4-inch cookie cutter or glass, cut out about 12 circles from each pastry sheet (24 total circles). Place 12 pie pop circles on parchment lined cookie sheets; set aside remaining 12. Press one lollipop stick in the center of each of the 12 circles on the parchment lined sheets; set aside. Heat oven to 375 F. While oven is heating, combine all sauce ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan. Mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until mixture just comes to a boil and thickens slightly (8 to 9 minutes). Remove from heat; cool. Place about 1 heaping teaspoon of filling on the 12 pastry circles with the sticks, being careful not to get filling on edges. Top each filled circle with remaining pastry circles. Using another lollipop stick, press edges of circles to seal. Place pie pops on parchment lined cookie sheets. Brush each pie pop with beaten egg white. If desired, sprinkle each pie pop with colored sugars. Bake until very lightly browned (13 to 15 minutes). Let pie pops cool completely. If desired, wrap each pie pop with plastic and tie with a ribbon. Makes 24 pie pops.


Tex Mex Cranberry Salsa

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 12-ounce package Ocean Spray Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped canned jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 green onion, white and green parts, sliced
1 teaspoon lime juice

Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add cranberries; return to a boil. Gently boil cranberries for 10 minutes without stirring. Pour into a medium glass mixing bowl. Gently stir in remaining ingredients.

Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on salsa. Cool at room temperature and refrigerate. Best if served at room temperature. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.


Champagne and Cranberry Juice Sparkling Punch

1 (750 ml) bottle champagne (3 1/4 cups)
1 cup Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1/2 cup Limoncello liqueur

Combine champagne, cranberry juice, and limoncello in a large pitcher or punch bowl; stir gently.

To serve: pour punch into tall glasses or champagne flutes. Garnish as desired. Makes 4 1/2 cups punch.

 

 


Cranberry Cherry Brine

Brine:

2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup Kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon dried bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
4 cups water
3 cups Ocean Spray Cran*Cherry Cranberry Cherry Juice Drink
2 cups red wine

Chicken:

1 (3 1/2 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried bay leaf

Add boiling water, brown sugar, salt, herbs, and pepper to a large stock pot. Stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Add remaining water, juice, and red wine; mix well. Submerge chicken in brine; use a pan cover to hold chicken under brine if necessary. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours. Remove chicken from brine and drain well; pat dry. Discard brine. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle top of chicken with 1 teaspoon dried herbs and place in greased pan. Bake chicken for 45 to 50 minutes or until juices run clear. Serve; refrigerate leftovers. Makes about 12 cups brine.


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Even More Cranberry Secrets?

* Cranberries and Cranberry Juice contribute to whole-body health, particularly urinary tract health, and are rich in powerful nutrients.

* They can be an important part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, and they help to fill the nutrition gap for many Americans who aren't able to consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.

* Unlike grapes, apples and oranges, cranberries are naturally low in sugar and require sweetening to enjoy their great taste.

* Cranberry Juice is a healthy choice! For more information about cranberry's exceptional health benefits, visit www.cranberryhealth.com.

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