Amazing Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce

Do you need a show-stopping side dish to bring for Thanksgiving or Christmas? This cranberry sauce is the answer. Before homemade cranberry sauce, I assumed cranberry sauce was suppose to taste like gelatinous can-shapped sauce. I only ever used the canned version if the turkey was a bit dry. However, I discovered this recipe and now I look forward to the cranberry sauce the most during holiday time. It tastes amazing on turkey, dressing (stuffing) and on sandwiches the next day.

My father-in-law calls this cranberry sauce more of a chutney with its cinnamon and nutmeg additions. My oldest son is super excited when he can smell me making this recipe. He eats mostly cranberry sauce with a bit of turkey on top.

My boys are not huge turkey fans, until my husband bought the Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer . It is quick, easy and makes an amazingly juicy turkey. My husband uses it for other meat year round, so it not a one-trick-pony.

Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup dried mixed fruit (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Peel and puree orange.
  2. Peel and chop apple and pear.
  3. In saucepan over medium heat, add water and sugar. Boil until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Reduce temperature to simmer. Add cranberries, orange, apple, pear, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and optional dried fruit.
  5. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Cranberries should burst.
  6. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature.


  1. This cranberry sauce was inspired by a recipe found on
  2. An apple-pear makes a great substitute for the pear.
  3. Optionally, you can add nuts like pecans.

Enjoy my absolute favorite holiday side-dish! What dish do you look forward to most at the holidays?


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