Ocean Spray to holiday cooks: Don’t forget the cranberries

Looking for a side dish to add “zing” and “pop” to your holiday dinner?

Then Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. respectfully suggests augmenting your Yule menu with some marinated gold beets with kumquat jalapeño marmalade and Apple-Craisins chutney.

And don’t forget the chocolate spice soufflé with cranberry sabayon, a culinary extravaganza sure to sublime any holiday dessert trolley. (Among the civilizing ingredients: Champagne and Grand Marnier.)

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Cranberries have long been regarded as a Thanksgiving staple. As a result, it has been something of an ongoing challenge for Ocean Spray, an agricultural cooperative headquartered in Lakeville and Middleborough, to get consumers to think of cranberries and cranberry products as an everyday staple and a welcome addition to any holiday meal, whether that holiday falls in November, December, or April.

In its latest marketing effort, Ocean Spray has teamed up with chefs from the Walt Disney World Resort. The chefs were asked to devise “’holiday worthy’ dishes with special Disney flair” --- dishes that feature cranberries and cranberry products and that are now being showcased throughout the Disney World Resort property, Ocean Spray said.

Those dishes include artisan cheese stuffed mini Craisins brioches and pumpkin mousse trifle with cranberries and apricot-orange sauce.

“Cranberries are exceptional any time of year and pair well with just about everything,” Larry Martin, Ocean Spray’s vice president of global marketing, said in a statement. “By collaborating with Walt Disney WorldResort and their talented chefs, we’re able to showcase a variety of festive dishes throughout the Disney property to show people how they can use the cranberry to add a dash of color, zing, or pop to any holiday meal.”

Ocean Spray’s press release includes recipes for many of the dishes described above.