Season Your Christmas With Cranberries and Champagne


A Perfect Combination this Yuletide Season

Christmas wouldn't be the same without a table full of sumptuous dishes and of course, a bottle of wine to chase down every bite of your holiday feast. But apart from enjoying it from a glass, what if you can even add more sizzle to it by mixing your champagne or fizzy wine with cranberries and champagne? Sounds odd, right? But according to Cranberry Institute research chemist Joe Vinson, cranberries contained the most antioxidant phenols compared to 19 commonly eaten fruits. Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and should be eaten more often.

Including cranberries to your recipe list not only will add more flavor to your dishes, but will also create a healthy alternative for you and for your guests. Wine expert Chris Murphy from Marks & Spencer further explained that including something new (especially to your dish, for that matter) does not necessarily mean would cost you a lot. It's certainly not about paying more money, it's about a tangible difference in quality and discovering something new. With that saying, we included a new and flavorful sauce made from fresh cranberries, sugar, and a splash of champagne.

Ingredients:

Splash of champagne or sparkling white wine

200 g golden caster or brown sugar

450 g fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

1. On a pan over medium heat, caramelize the sugar. Remember not to stir it.

2. Add the cranberries in the pan once the sugar has dissolved and achieve a light-brown caramel color. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes until thick.

3. Pour in your choice of champagne (or wine) and let it boil for a few minutes.

4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. You may serve it with vanilla ice cream or as a sauce for roasted turkey or homemade beef burgers.



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