Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Bliss

cranberry salsa
Spicy Cranberry Salsa
Who knew that spicy hot peppers like jalapenos and habaneros would complement the distinctive tart-sweet flavor of cranberries so nicely? If you are a fan of spicy foods that actually taste good instead of merely burning, try one or both of these hot and spicy cranberry condiments with your Thanksgiving dinner--or, if that's too much of a radical departure from family tradition, use them to jazz up your turkey leftovers, from sandwiches and wraps to casseroles, burritos and even turkey nachos.

First up is one of the newer products on the Carolina Sauce Company online store, Cajohn's Gourmet Cranberry Salsa.  Made from the finest all-natural ingredients, this festive salsa begins with Cajohn's award-winning tomato salsa and then dresses it up with real cranberries (no pie filling or fruit syrups here), jalapeno peppers, turbinado sugar (not corn syrup) and other seasonings and spices, for a bright, seasonal flavor that will complement holiday turkey, ham, goose, roasts, and other hearty fare. The heat level is no more than a mild-medium, ensuring that practically everyone will enjoy its delightfully unique flavor without suffering from too much heat. A natural alternative to that tired, old can of jellied cranberry sauce, Cranberry Salsa is equally at home as part of your formal Thanksgiving dinner, on your party buffet, with your tailgating spread, and of course with your turkey leftovers. You can also enjoy it with chips or crackers, spooned over cream cheese or warm brie, alongside a turkey-filled omelet or crepe, and pretty much any other way you'd use a sweet and spicy salsa.

Cranberry hot sauce
Cranberry Hot Sauce
Another excellent choice for spicing up your Thanksgiving meal and subsequent turkey-filled days is an old favorite that's made in North Carolina, the award-winning Toad Sweat Cranberry Dessert Hot Sauce. If you're not familiar with dessert hot sauces, think of them as sweeter and fruitier than your typical tangy fruit hot sauce, making them an inspired choice for drizzling over cheesecake, ice cream, fruit, bread pudding, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and other similar desserts or breakfast fare. This sassy, sweet and spicy cranberry hot sauce blends together real cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail or "beverage") with habanero peppers, vanilla, cocoa, sugar (not corn syrup) and other all-natural ingredients for inspired gourmet flavor that pairs equally well with dessert as with baked ham, roast turkey, grilled shrimp or chicken, and even as a dip for spring rolls. Its medium heat and superb flavor means that it will appeal to virtually all fans of fiery foods--and you can add it to your homemade cranberry sauce to wake up the flavors, and to your favorite barbecue sauce or marinade recipes, too.

Both the Cajohn's cranberry salsa and the cranberry hot sauce from Toad Sweat are currently on sale at the Carolina Sauces website.

Zestfully yours,

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