Growing up, my mom always made turkey for Thanksgiving. The stuffing was always a Chinese Sticky Rice (which I asked my mom to bring this year) and the rest of the dishes on the table were also Chinese. Basically, it was a Chinese meal with a Roasted Turkey as centerpiece. I give my mom a lot of credit for trying to provide us with the Thanksgiving experience. We certainly stuffed ourselves silly and we usually had tons of extended family over. All requisites met right? Well, one year I told my mom everyone else had cranberry sauce so from then on she started to buy canned cranberry sauce. It was that stuff that came out of the can in one solid cylinder and was then sliced into rings. While not much of it was ever really eaten, we kept up the American tradition. Then one year my mom got a recipe from somewhere ( at this point she doesn’t remember where she got it) that mixed canned cranberry sauce, canned mandarin oranges, and walnuts, plus a little gelatin to hold it together more. I loved it and never let my mom forget to make that cranberry sauce every year after.

After my brother and I grew up and moved out, my mom stopped hosting Thanksgiving. I’ve been spending it with Lon’s family for the last several years since it’s not a Chinese thing…It’s been a long time since I’ve had to do more than just bring one dish.

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This year, we’re actually hosting our two immediate families. I was thinking about the cranberry sauce and I remembered my mom’s version which could be a totally bastardized version or who knows, maybe it’s authentic? Lon said “never heard of it”.  I’ve altered it from the way my mom made it back then since I’m making the cranberry sauce and serving the walnuts together but not mixed in. I hope you like it and it becomes a new tradition for you and your family.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Sauce with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts
~22 servings

  • 2 (12 oz) bags of cranberries, rinsed and picked
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 (11oz) cans mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 2 cups shelled walnuts

Instructions –

1. Put cranberries, orange juice, sugar, honey, cranberry juice, and maple syrup in a medium pot and bring to a boil, stirring a few times. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened. While it’s simmering, you can scoop off the top layer of scum.

2. Pour into a container and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate overnight. You can stop here and you have about cups of cranberry sauce that can be served as is (can be made several days in advance), or continue…

3. Right before serving, stir in mandarin orange segments. Serve with walnuts.

Cranberry Sauce with Mandarin Oranges

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