Rummaging in the freezer, I found cranberries from last year. And beside them, a container of pluot sauce frozen this summer. Combine them? Why not!
I usually make cranberry sauce with orange juice concentrate, but these fruity things seemed drawn to each other by some invisible force of culinary serendipity. It happens! It's fun, momentarily at least, to free oneself from the same old combinations of things and take a risk.
In this case the payoff was an amazingly great cranberry sauce with summery pluot undertones. I used a little honey to bring a not-too-sweet balance to the sauce and harmonize the flavors._________________________________________
CRANBERRY PLUOT SAUCE
8 cups frozen cranberries
3 cups pluot sauce (plum sauce would work, too)
1/3 cup honey
Put cranberries and pluot sauce in a large pot. Add a little water to get things started. Heat over medium heat until pluot sauce is fully incorporated and berries start to pop. Cook, stirring, about 10 to 15 minutes more until sauce thickens and most of the berries have burst. Stir in honey.
Makes about 8 servings.