Ruby Port Cranberry Jelly

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  • 10Servings


  • 3 bags (12 oz. each) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups ruby port
  • 1 lemon, zested in strips
  • 2 teaspoons aniseeds or 4 star anise pods
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 envelopes (1/4 oz. each) unflavored gelatin


Line a colander with cheesecloth or damp paper towels and place over a bowl. In a large pot, bring 2 cups water, the cranberries, sugar, port, lemon zest and aniseeds to a boil. Lower the heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst, 12 to 15 minutes. Pour into the colander, pressing with a spoon to extract all the juice; discard the solids.

Coat a decorative gelatin mold or loaf pan with cooking spray. In a small saucepan, stir the gelatin into 1 cup cold water and let sit until softened, about 1 minute. Heat the gelatin mixture over medium heat, stirring, until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Whisk the gelatin mixture into the cranberry liquid and pour into the prepared mold. Let cool to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours.

Run a thin knife around the perimeter of the gelatin and unmold onto a platter.