*sung to the tune of Raspberry Beret
November 11, 2020. Let’s knock out a few Thanksgiving recipes over the next few weeks since one or both of you might not be able to make it home thanks to our friend COVID. Of course, mom and I want you home, but we get it- you don’t want to be like some other Thanksgiving “guests”, who showed up centuries ago for Thanksgiving dinner, only to infect their hosts with a variety of European diseases. To get you started on your away from home Thanksgiving feast, here’s the shortest recipe you’re likely to ever see from me- look at that, you already have something to be thankful about. Not only is this recipe a delicious pun on a Prince song, it also has only two ingredients and is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish to compliment a day with multiple heavy courses that require a good palate cleansing!
Prep Time: 2 minutes- I know!
Cook Time: There is no cook time, but you do have to wait about 25 minutes if you’re using an ice cream machine or 90 minutes if you go with Plan B or Plan C.
Servings: 4- remember, it’s a palate cleanser so the serving size is small- you can easily scale up the recipe for larger groups if you’re popular- not that I have to, since you’re probably not coming home this year!
Get Your Stuff Out.
- 1 cup of unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1/3 cup of sugar
Cook and Play.
Play Zombie by The Cranberries, a protest song over the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and be thankful for the safety of the part of our family who live over there while you get to freezing.
- Thoroughly whisk 1/3 cup sugar into 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice and don’t stop until all the sugar sludge is gone. Adjust sugar to taste, but remember it needs to be on the tart side to cut through all that gravy! Also, too much sugar may keep it from setting.
- If life is good and you have a fancy ice cream maker, pour the cranberry mixture into the ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Once the sorbet is processed, serve as soft-serve or transfer to freezer for a few hours or more to harden. Take it out 5 minutes or so before serving to achieve a scoopable consistency.
If you don’t have a specialty ice cream machine, pour your cranberry mixture into a baking dish and make room for it in the freezer so it can freeze up a bit- I used a 9” cake pan and it took about 90 minutes. Once the mixture is semi-frozen, smash it up with a fork and process to a smooth and uniform texture with a blending device of your choice (food processor, stick blender, countertop blender- yes, you’ll be tempted to add vodka, gin or rum, but “Don’t!” yelled the dad!).
No blending devices? Not to worry- once you semi freeze your cranberry mixture, just keep smashing the heck out of it with the fork and call it cranberry granita- not quite as smooth, but just as good and with a fancy name too!
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