We’re doing a special Thanksgiving edition of The Kids Cook Monday, because what better time to get the whole family in the kitchen than for one of the most festive meals of the year? There are several parts of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that the kids can help with, and one of our boys’ favorites is the cranberry sauce. It’s also a great make-ahead dish, so you can have it ready in the refrigerator up to three days before.
This cranberry sauce includes golden raisins and is sweetened slightly with maple syrup and flavored with orange juice and zest, cinnamon, and cloves. It makes a good size batch that will serve 6 to 8 people, and it’s easy enough that a 9-year-old can make it.
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How Adults Can Help the Kids
- Demonstrate and assist with any tasks that might be new: zesting, measuring, pouring, stirring.
- Assign the simpler tasks, such as washing the cranberries and pouring in the ingredients, to the younger kids, and save the more challenging tasks for the older kids and adults.
- Make sure an adult is present at all times.
- Young children should not handle zesters, as they are extremely sharp. Make sure an adult or older child or teenager does the zesting.
Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce
- 4-quart heavy bottom saucepan with lid
- 24 ounces fresh cranberries (rinsed and picked over)
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- zest of 1 orange (plus extra for garnish)
- In the 4 quart saucepan, stir together the cranberries, raisins, maple syrup, water, and orange juice. Bring to a boil and cook while stirring, until the cranberries begin to pop, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cinnamon, cloves, and orange zest and bring back to a simmer. Continue cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving. Garnish with strips of orange zest.
More Thanksgiving Sides
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