Adventurous Side Dishes to Serve This Holiday Season: Orange-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce with Dates
Posted on November 21, 2012
Looking to add to your recipe repertoire this holiday season? Spice up run-of-the-mill side dishes with this recipe for Orange-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce with Dates. A new interpretation on an old standby, this sauce combines the sweetness of dates with the tanginess of balsamic vinegar and orange.
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
Zest from one orange
1 cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup chopped, pitted dates
2 (12 ounce) bags fresh cranberries
- Simmer water, sugar, zest, orange juice, vinegar and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring, 5 minutes.
- Add half of dates and half of cranberries and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to burst, 7-10 minutes.
- Stir in remaining dates and cranberries and simmer until remaining cranberries begin to burst, 7-10 minutes more. Remove cinnamon stick and transfer to a serving dish. Serve at room temperature.