“Mango Cranbango” – Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Dried Mango and Ghost Pepper

“Mango Cranbango” – Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Dried Mango and Ghost Pepper

Don't let the ridiculous name fool you; this delicious cranberry sauce recipe would make a wonderful condiment for your Thanksgiving turkey. My wife Michele, a cranberry sauce aficionado, says it's the best she's ever tasted.

Conservative estimates have the number of different cranberry sauces she's tasted over the years at somewhere around 37, so that's very high praise indeed. While the taste of this sauce is an unmitigated success, the name is another story.

You'll have to forgive me, but when you post as many recipes as I do, once in a while you just have to give "half the peace sign" to those search engine algorithms, and simply amuse yourself. The "mango" and the "cran" in the name are obvious, but the "bango" comes from a few drops of hot sauce featuring the infamous ghost pepper.

I'm not sure if it's the hottest pepper in the world, but the Bhut Jolokia is right up there. You can get the actual pepper if you look hard enough, but I had a bottle of Dave's Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce in the fridge, which worked perfectly.

It's amazing how hot this stuff really is, and a few drops were all I needed. Believe it or not, more than just providing a searing heat, the pepper is actually celebrated for its fruity sweetness as well. By the way, while it may look like blatant product placement in the video, I can assure you I was not paid to use this specific brand (not that I'd be above such a thing…Dave, call me).

Anyway, if you're looking for a creative, unusual, yet still relatively familiar fresh cranberry sauce for your holiday table, I hope you give this a try. Enjoy!

Ingredients: 12 oz fresh whole cranberries 4 oz dried candied mango zest of 1 lemon zest of 1 orange 1 cup fresh orange juice, plus the juice of 1 lemon 1/3 cup water 1 cup sugar 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 1 tsp garam masala (or other Indian-style curry spice blend)

dash of hot sauce, to taste pinch of salt