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FRESH Recipes: Cranberry-Kumquat Sauce

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In honor of the holiday season, we’ll be posting recipes for the comfort foods that we all enjoy on a seasonal basis.

Cranberry-Kumquat Sauce

Submitted by: Lorna Sass, QUEEN OF PRESSURE COOKING


Here’s an unusual but quick and easy relish to make for Thanksgiving. Kumquats–which happily are in season at the same time as cranberries–add a definite citrus punch, and the pressure cooker does a great job of softening their skins. If you can’t locate kumquats, you can substitute an orange.

If you don’t have a time-and-fuel-efficient pressure cooker, you can do this recipe in a heavy, 4-quart covered pot. It will take 25 to 30 minutes; stir occasionally.


Makes 5 cups

Three 12-oz. packages cranberries, rinsed

12 ounces (2 1/2 cups) kumquats, rinsed and halved (or substitute 1 orange, pitted and chopped

1 cup crystallized ginger, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey, or to taste

1 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a 6-quart or larger cooker. Add the cranberries, kumquats, and crystallized ginger.

Lock the lid in place. Over high heat, bring to high pressure. (This is likely to take at least 5 minutes.) Cook for 1 minute. Turn off the heat, and allow the pressure to come down naturally for 10 minutes. Release any remaining pressure by setting the cooker under cold running water.

Cool slightly. Add agave syrup to taste. Transfer to a bowl or storage container and bring to room temperature. Stir in the nuts just before serving. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.


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    December 21, 2009


    michelle vienneau said:

    tried it was tangy, but quite delicious.. enjoyed emensely…*