the appetizer:

Prepare for Fall parties with Autumn Gatherings by Rick Rodgers, featuring recipes like Cranberry Rum-Raisin Sauce; Butternut Squash Bisque with Chipotle-Red Pepper Swirl; and Roasted Salmon with Pomegranate Butter Sauce.



Cranberry Rum-Raisin Sauce

Makes about 3 cups

Cranberry Rum-Raisin Sauce


This is another holiday staple that deserves to be served all season long. Cranberries have lots of natural preservatives in them, and this sauce keeps for a few weeks chilled. Make a batch to store in the refrigerator to serve with your turkey, and with pork chops and roasted chicken.

  • 12 ounces cranberries,
          rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum

1. Bring the cranberries, brown sugar, raisins, ginger, vinegar, and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a heavy-bottomed nonreactive medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium-low.

2. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, until all the cranberries burst and the juices are syrupy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum. Cool completely. (The sauce can be prepared up to 3 weeks ahead, covered, and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

  • from:
    Autumn Gatherings
  • Causal Food to Enjoy With Family and Friends
  • by Rick Rodgers
  • Morrow Cookbooks, HarperCollinsPublishers 2008
  • $19.95
  • ISBN-10: 0061438847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061438844
  • Recipe reprinted by permission.

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