Not Your Average Cranberry Sauce

Posted 11-21-2012 at 02:56 PM by HollyRay

With the holiday season upon us, many are dusting off the cookbooks and making extra trips to the store in an effort to prepare meals that will cause the dinning table to bow under the weight and our diners to bow down in awe of our epic food preparation. For all the hustle and bustle that is this time there is one thing that continually goes unnoticed: the cranberry sauce. That isn’t to say the sauce isn’t present, but with everything so special and extravagant about the meal don’t you think the cranberries deserve more then to be popped out for a can? As silly as it may seem an excellent cranberry dish can really make a meal flourish. This year I wanted to break out of the cranberry sauce box and make something really exciting and I found that in a cranberry apple relish. It is really very simple to make and the complexity of it will go well with nearly any holiday meal you plan.

Cranberry Apple Relish

1 cup cranberries

2 apples

1/4 cup walnuts

3 Tbsp water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup brown sugar

Peel and core the apples and chop both the apples and cranberries. I used the smallest setting on my “chop wizard ” so mine appeared more diced then chopped. Heat apples, cranberries, brown sugar, and water. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Chop walnuts and add walnuts and cinnamon to the relish.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm or make it ahead and store in the fridge until needed.


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3 Responses to “Not Your Average Cranberry Sauce”

  1. Terra76 on November 22nd, 2012 1:18 pm

    Oh that sounds delish! I will have to try this with Christmas dinner :)

  2. Mama Skye on November 22nd, 2012 7:51 pm

    That recipe sounds really good, I’ll have to try it! I make mine with one bag cranberries, 1/3 cup orange juice, 2/3cup water, 2/3 cup sugar, and zest from one orange. The orange really compliments the cranberries and it’s really easy.

  3. SheenaBee on November 25th, 2012 7:30 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this! At THREE different meals this past week (we have a big extended family), cranberry sauce was either not present or popped out of a can because “no one likes it anyways”. I wanted to scream, “Maybe they don’t like it b/c canned cranberry is naaaahhsty!” Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make and really complements the meal. I will be bringing homemade sauce to every dinner next year. The Chew posted a similar apple and cranberry sauce, but yours seems a little easier. :)

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