Spice Up Your Holiday with Spiced Cranberry Apple Sauce

by Jeff Berkowitz on November 17, 2011 · 3 comments

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Sometimes I have a burning desire to add a little something to an old tradition. Thanksgiving is around the corner and I am working on my menu. There are some traditions that simply can not be replaced no matter how trite they become – cranberry sauce is one of those traditions.

Does anybody really love cranberry sauce? With few exceptions we only eat it on Thanksgiving or the day after…right? Does anybody disagree? I like it well enough, but I never think to eat it any other time. So this year I want to do a cranberry sauce that people will ask for and remember. I want to make a cranberry sauce that can be eaten on its own and is a great accompaniment to the fowl we will be serving.

I dug into some of my cookbooks and came up with something that I think will fit the bill…mind you, this is an original recipe – I just added a few things. Give it a try, the cranberries are made less acerbic by the apples and spices, but the sauce is still bold and brilliant.

Spiced Cranberry Apple Sauce

2 granny smith or other tart cooking apple, peeled, seeded and diced

12 oz cranberries, washed

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cinnamon stick

2 pieces star anise

5 or 6 green cardamom pods

Place all of the ingredients into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Boil the mixture until the cranberries begin to pop. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, remove the cinnamon and other spices then place into a glass or ceramic bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 7 days. This makes a wonderful accompaniment to any roasted fowl or meat.

The Finished Chilled Cranberry Sauce

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1 Vitiligo Cure February 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

i love everything with apple ingredient. so i guess, i should try this one. thanks for the recipe :)

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2 Judie February 16, 2012 at 2:51 am

This cranberry sauce looks absolutely amazing! I myself love cranberry sauce but I have to admit I don’t serve it year round. I wonder why when I love cranberry sauce. Need to get out of that rut. 😉

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3 Alana November 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

WOW! I truly love the information you provided hear. I’m sure I will be looking forward to putting it to great uses this Thanksgiving Day. I’ll be sure to pass this post on to my friends. Thanks you so much, I enjoyed this so much.. 😉
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