One of my parishioners makes the best cranberry sauce I have ever eaten. I have tried to replicate her recipe with no success! So this is my version, with a bow to M.E. to acknowledge her superiority as Cranberry Sauce Mistress.
1 package of fresh cranberries
handful of dried, unsweetened cherries
1 1/2 oranges: the zest of one, chopped, and the juice of 1 and a half (use a reamer)
sugar and maple syrup to taste
brandy to taste
pinch of nutmeg
1 stick cinnamon
Throw everything into a saucier over low-medium heat and simmer until the cranberries have all burst, about 15-20 minutes. Taste as you go and don’t overdo the sweetness. This should be a concentrated, tart condiment.
Fantastic on next-day turkey sandwiches piled with plenty of mayonaissey cole slaw!