Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ways To Use Ocean Spray Cranberries This Thanksgiving

My family has always used Ocean Spray Cranberries during Thanksgiving. Ocean Spray is a company we trust and is a staple in our house. Cranberries are good for you and are a healthy balance to the butter and oil overload most of us see during the holidays.

To learn more about the history of the cranberry harvest and for Thanksgiving and cranberry inspiration, visit Ocean Spray’s entertaining and planning guide “Plan-It” at www.oceanspray.com, www.facebook.com/OceanSpray and www.twitter.com/OceanSprayInc.

Did you know more than 5 million gallons of jellied cranberry sauce are enjoyed by families throughout the holiday season?

Wampanoag Cranberry Shortcake Recipe

2 pounds fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
1 1/2 pounds sugar
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 cups peeled, diced oranges
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
25 shortcake biscuits, sliced in half

Combine the cranberries, sugar and orange juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the diced oranges and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and cool.

Combine cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer on high speed, whip until soft peaks form.

Spoon the cranberry mixture between the layers and over the top of the biscuits; top with whipped cream.

Makes 25 servings.

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot-Orange Sauce
1 store-bought spice cake mix, prepared per package directions and cooled
1/3 cup  plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup orange juice
1 egg yolk (or 1/4 cup pasteurized egg yolks)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries , plus extra as garnish

Directions: Prepare cake as following package directions. Cool completely. Cut into cubes and set aside.

To make streusel: Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a sheet pan with foil; set aside.
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar and sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and stir until mixture is crumbly. Pour onto prepared sheet pan Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool; crumble into small pieces. Set aside.

To make apricot-orange sauce: Combine apricot jam and orange juice in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Set aside. To make pumpkin mousse: Combine egg yolk and pumpkin pie filling in a medium mixing bowl. Place white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stopping every 30 seconds to stir. Stir melted white chocolate into pumpkin mixture. Using an electric mixer on high speed, whip cream in a medium mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into pumpkin mixture.

To assemble trifle: Place a dollop of mousse at the bottom of a serving dish. Top with Craisins® dried cranberries and a drizzle of sauce. Place a few cubes of cake over mousse. Top with another layer of mousse, Craisins® and sauce, then top with streusel. Garnish with a few Craisins® on top.

Makes 6-8 servings.

This recipe is the property of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., and may not be reproduced without express permission. This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version.

About Ocean Spray
Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and other parts of Canada as well as more than 50 Florida grapefruit growers. Ocean Spray was formed 80 years ago by three cranberry growers from Massachusetts and New Jersey. Florida grapefruit growers joined the Cooperative in 1976. Ocean Spray is North America’s leading producer of canned and bottled juices and juice drinks, and has been the best-selling brand name in the canned and bottled juice category since 1981. Ocean Spray posted fiscal 2010 gross sales of $2.05 billion and net proceeds of $340 million.

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