Based on the number of Google Search hits I receive every single month from people stumbling upon my recipe, while frantically looking up a source for this popular holiday treat, I know I am not alone in feeling sad that my grandmother's classic Indian Trail cranberry jello mold will no longer grace our holiday table.
All is not lost though. Years ago, when I was unable to find Indian Trail where I lived in North Carolina, I created my own. I'm not sure I could tell the difference in a blind taste test, but now that doesn't really matter, I guess.
This year, I plan to make some of my special recipe early in the season and freeze it, just like the Indian Trail people of yore. OK, so maybe the Pilgrims didn't have Indian Trail brand cranberry sauce at the first Thanksgiving. But for those of us who feel like it's just not Thanksgiving without Indian Trail, try this recipe for the almost real thing.
(Almost Indian Trail) Cranberry Orange Sauce
1 bag of fresh cranberries (frozen fresh whole berries are OK too)
1 whole orange including peel/rind, seeds removed (I quarter the whole orange, remove the seeds and stem end and add the orange quarters to the food processor with the cranberries and sugar - feel free to separate the white pith from the orange peel, if you wish)1 cup of sugar
Chop all ingredients in a food processor or a food grinder and stir to mix. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. (Be sure to let it drain a while to remove the excess liquid before mixing it with Jello, if you are making the Cranberry Orange Holiday Jello Salad recipe from the Indian Trail box.)