I don't like cranberries. Sorry, can't help it, they just don't do a thing for me. Our family Thanksgiving dinner ALWAYS included a bowl of that awful canned cranberry jelly - my mother loved the stuff and it was a tradition in our house. It just wasn't a holiday dinner without that wiggly cylinder of tart, red glop.

When I started to roast my first turkey breasts (I don't like dark meat much so this is my first year of roasting a whole turkey!) I replaced the cranberry sauce with this dried cherry sauce. Okay, had Mom still been with me I would have also served her cranberry jelly - and let her take the leftovers home in a Tupperware container!

This cherry sauce is wonderful on pork, duck and chicken too and it's a really nice change from the standard cranberry garnish. Try it out, serve it as well as the cranberry if you must, but give it a whirl this year! And yes, you can substitute dried cranberries for the dried cherries - just don't tell me you did it, lol.

By the way - wish me luck with my first full Turkey - I'm using Alton Brown's recipe which has you brine the turkey ahead of time - I am NOT putting in the ginger. I will leave the ginger flavor for my Gingerbread Martinis that I'm posting to The Martini Diva this week.

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  1. OMG that sounds so delicious! We aren't huge fans of the dreaded canned shape cranberry gel stuff either..one year we went with lingonberry sauce from IKEA *laughs* yes, IKEA! They have a little Swedish food section that has some cool treats to try - lingonberry sauce was one of them.... This year we are so going with your Cherry sauce! Thanks for sharing! <3

  2. Divaeva - let me know how it goes over. . . btw, IKEA sells food? I didn't know that!


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