If you are anything like me, there is nothing appealing about cranberry sauce from the can. It has never had a place in my heart...or my stomach for that matter. This past Thanksgiving, a few minutes from sitting down, my mother asked, "Linds, do you have any cranberries?" I could sense a little disappointment when I had to break the news to her that there would be no cranberry sauce. I just didn't buy any this year. It is one of those things that has always been on the table, yet no one eats it. However, as I learned the hard way, when it isn't there, it is missed.
So, in efforts to redeem myself, I didn't just do cranberries for Christmas. I went all out and gave my family the jazzed-up version of the canned cranberry! I present to you, Mrs. Hoggles Stuffed Cranberry Sauce.
STUFFED CRANBERRY SAUCE
Yields 6 Servings
2 tablespoons Hellman's mayonnaise dressing
1 8-ounce FAT FREE cream cheese, softened
1 16-ounce jellied cranberry sauce, chilled
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise until creamy. It needs to be spreadable. Add pecans and mix well.
It wasn't enough to turn every "non-cranberry sauce eater", but everyone that tried them was impressed. There is such a nice combination of tart from the cranberry, cream from the cheese and crunch from the pecans. It is actually quite a nice combination. Even though cranberry sauce is not a favorite, I had to try them because a cook always samples what they serve (just ask Chef Ramsey of Hell's Kitchen) and I am so glad that I did! I guess my taste buds have matured since swearing off cranberry sauce as a child.
For your next big holiday meal, I would strongly suggest throwing together this simple and delicious side. ENJOY!!
NUTRITION FACTS (per serving): 193.17 calories; 3.78g fat; 33.56g carbohydrate; 5.99g protein; 1.27g fiber