UPGRADE YOUR CRANBERRIES!: SAVOURY CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH HERBS & SAUSAGE

a holiday flavour explosion

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I am so excited to share this recipe on the blog!

If you follow my cooking stories on instagram or even my food snaps, it’s no secret I am much more into savoury dishes than sweet dishes. I really don’t have the biggest sweet tooth but anything salty, cheesy, or crunchy… well it’s game over.

As I was developing my cranberry recipe, I knew I wanted to go the savoury route so immediately I thought herbs like sage, parsley, & thyme. Don’t those just scream fall?!

THEN.

I HAD A LIGHTBULB MOMENT.

It’s a little unconventional but made all the sense in the world to me…

SAUSAGE.

…. make that some SAUSAGE & HERB CRANBERRIES, please!

THANKSGIVING FOR TWO || Sausage & Herb Cranberries via essellesse - a lifestyle blog based in San Francisco, CA using Whole Foods Garlic Basil Pork Sausage

THANKSGIVING FOR TWO || Sausage & Herb Cranberries, a savory cranberry sauce via essellesse - a lifestyle blog based in San Francisco, CA

Yup – brown up some sausage, and add the cranberries to the pan to thicken.

These sausage and herb cranberries are so complex & addictive. It’s the perfect amount of sweet, savoury, with a hint of spice.

Before we get into the recipe, let’s talk cranberries.

They are SHOCKINGLY easy to make. Seriously! Not only will they take no more than 10 minutes {if you add sausage, then 15 mins}, but they are so dang easy.

Basically, all you do is mix a little water & sugar & bring to a boil. Add the cranberries & simmer until they pop. Then stir the cranberries until they thicken. During this step, you can add all the fixings: herbs, citrus, liqueuers, whatever you want.

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This Thanksgiving, I urge you to make your cranberry sauce, especially my sausage and herb cranberries. But even if you make just basic cranberries, you will be shocked at how fast & easy they are… not to mention just so good, versatile, & cost effective!

I reccomend making the sausage and herb cranberries the day before. They are good right off the stove but even better after they sit & reaaallly let all the flavours meld together.

You can also enjoy it warm or chilled… whatever your preference!

The options are endless too, use it as a sauce, top off some biscuits with it, or even eat it out of the bowl, it’s just so good & hearty!

As far as sugar, any sugar will work. I’ve talked about it a few times here but the only sugar I keep in the house is coconut sugar. That is what I used and it worked just fine. In fact, I feel like the “toffee” flavour of coconut sugar really enhanced the cranberries.

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With the sausage, use what you want. I was really feeling pork sausage since I did plan on serving this with turkey.

There was a basil garlic sausage at Whole Foods that was just begging to be in this sauce.

What’s really lovely about using sausage, is that it has all the salt and flavouring you will need.

Basically, as you cook the cranberries, start cooking the sausage & let it brown.

When it’s fully cooked, drain off the excess oil, & add the cranberries until they start to thicken.

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THANKSGIVING FOR TWO || Sausage & Herb Cranberries, a savory cranberry sauce via essellesse - a lifestyle blog based in San Francisco, CA

As far as herbs, use whatever you want!

However, I urge you to use sage. I feel like cranberries & sage just sing so well together. Same with citrus!

I used some lemon zest but it would be delicious with orange.

Below is the recipe:

Sausage and Herb Cranberries!

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serves: 2 with leftovers
time: 15 mins

ingredients

cranberries, one 12 oz bag

water, 3/4 cup

sugar, 1/2 cup

chopped herbs, as much of whatever as you want! I used about 1/4 cup of a mixture of sage, parsley, & thyme

lemon, zest of one lemon & juice

sausage, 2 links with casing removed or .75 lbs of bulk

optional

greens, kale & spinach

directions

1. in a small sauce ban, bring water & sugar to a boil. Add cranberries, herbs & lemon zest. Bring heat to low. Simmer until cranberries burst. Stir to thicken

2. when you add the cranberries, start cooking the sausage. In a skillet, add sausage & brown over med-high heat. When finished, drain excess oil

3. Add cranberries to sausage & stir until combined. Let cranberries reduce until it reaches a consistency you want!

4. Top with herbs or stir in kale & spinach. Bring to a bowl & serve accordingly

vegetarian alternative

instead of sausage, make a mix of all the sausage flavourings: salt, a little soy sauce to add that umami, pepper, red chile flake, basil, paprika, & add to the pot with the cranberries. Can also use cooked lentils, tofu, or seitan {not gluten free} & saute with the above & a minced shallot & garlic. I’d even add in some hemp hearts for a bit of a nutty flavour!

Make ahead

highly recc making these the day before! They take no time at all and letting all the flavours combine make these off the charts

leftover uses

– if you make potato patties from these potatoes, top with this!

– add to pasta, spaghetti squash, or zoodles & top with a little goat cheese

– toppings for a baked sweet potato

– speaking of goat cheese, add this for a spread on a cheeseboard {would also be delicious with Brie}

– use as a savory syrup for your favourite brunch items – I’m digging this with some waffles or on hash browns

– may I suggest the best sandwich spread ever?! a little crusty bread, leafy greens, & creamy cheese pressed like a panini? yes pls

wine pairings

Beaujolais {Gamay} or red Burgundy {pinot noir}

rosé of grenache

loving the idea of this with a grignolino

German Riesling {Kabinett or Spätlese}

Chateau Musar from Lebanon… one of my all time fav wineries.  Digging the Hochar Pere et Fils {cinsaut / grenache / cab}

& of course… champagne!

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if you give these sausage and herb cranberries a go, you HAVE to let me know. I know sausage is a little unexpected but it’s just sooo good & I dig all the levels of flavour in these. Team savoury all day!

We are off to Texas tomorrow! So stoked to be back in my home state. We are spending some good time in Dallas & then heading to Austin for a quick jaunt.

Even though I lived in Dallas, last time I was there was like visiting a whole different city. SO much has changed, so much has come, & oh so much has gone. That said, I’m really, REALLY excited to get back there.

If you have any DTX reccs, let me know & follow my Texas travels along on instagram. Beyonddddd stoked for some REAL queso.

See ya in the lone star state 😉

x sls

♡ THANKSGIVING FOR TWO ♡

+ Autumn Spritz Cocktail

+ Herb Infused Olive Oil Potatoes

+ Lemon Thyme Turkey ~*or*~ Steak

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