This homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make and features the tart taste of cranberries mixed with the sweetness of Honeycrisp apples.
This holiday side is delicious with your Thanksgiving turkey or your Christmas honey baked ham.
Put that can back on the shelf!
My husband and I love traditional cranberry sauce but the boys are partial to their Aunt Karen’s homemade Honeycrisp applesauce. This recipe is the best of both world.
Tart yet sweet, this recipe can be made days ahead of the holiday and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
We are traditionalists in our house. This year it was just the four of us for Thanksgiving and I debated ordering in.
“Absolutely not” is the roar from the home front. There is just something about a homemade Thanksgiving dinner.
My father in law was a fan of the can. But once he tasted homemade he never turned back.
Cranberry sauce made from scratch is so simple. It requires a handful of ingredients, a pot and about 30 minutes.
I usually make it several days ahead of time so it’s one less thing I have to do in the kitchen on the holiday.
This year cranberries are plentiful. I always make sure to grab an extra bag to toss in the freezer for later.
Have you ever eaten cranberries rolled in sugar? I love these berries as a sweet snack or a garnish for cocktails.
Use the leftover cranberry sauce topped on goat cheese covered crostini or as a warm sauce over a cheesecake.
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- 1 large apple, peeled and diced
- Splash of lemon juice
- 1 bag fresh cranberries
- In a medium pot, bring the water, sugar, cinnamon and salt to boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Add a splash of lemon juice to the apples and toss. Rinse the cranberries, tossing the bruised berries.
- Add the cranberries and apples to the pot and cook for about 10 minutes until the cranberries pop and the apples soften. Once the sauce has thickened, mash the diced apples and any remaining cranberries in the pot.
- Allow the sauce to cool then transfer to a bowl and refrigerate completely.