I just finished making a batch of this absolutely delicious cranberry agrodolce for our Christmas turkey tomorrow. It is sweet, tangy, and savory all in one. It is so so good. It's going to be perfect with our turkey, and it would be fantastic over a nice thick pork chop or alongside some good game meat.
This literally was a last-minute idea, and thankfully all the ingredients I needed were hanging out in the pantry. So if you're looking for that extra-something on your table for tomorrow, this might be it!
Agrodolce, literally meaning "sour-sweet," is an Italian sauce that can be as simple as a vinegar-sugar glaze. In my version, I balance the tart flavors of fresh cranberries and balsamic vinegar with the complex sweetness of dried berries, golden raisins, brown sugar, and red wine. And with a savory base of sauteed onions and garlic, this agrodolce makes for a beautiful match with poultry and meats.
I'm so excited to eat it tomorrow...actually everybody in the house is, after I gave them little spoonfuls to taste-test today. We're getting ready around here to celebrate in style, and I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas! May you be surrounded with good company, be regaled with good food, and be filled with the even greater hope and joy that is ours this season!
Makes about 3 ½ cups
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 cup diced onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup medley of dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and golden raisins
6 Tbs. (packed) brown sugar
½ cup cranberry juice
½ cup red wine
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. coarsely-ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
Saute onions with olive oil in a 2-quart sauce pan over medium-high heat, stirring regularly to prevent browning. When onions are nearly done, add minced garlic and continue cooking until garlic and onions are soft and translucent.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring regularly, until cranberries have burst and sauce thickens. Serve warm or cooled.