When I first came to live in the US, I was always surprised to see perfectly can-shaped cranberry sauce sitting on a plate at Thanksgiving. Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to whip up and so delicious to eat. In this recipe apples are used as a natural sweetener, while orange zest, ginger, and nutmeg round it out for the perfect holiday sauce. Once you’ve tried this Cranberry Apple Sauce, you’ll never eat can shaped sauce again.
- In a medium saucepan cook the cranberries, chopped apples, apple juice, orange zest, and ginger over medium heat for about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Once the cranberries start to pop, stir in the honey and nutmeg. Stir occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Chill until ready to serve.
- 2 (12 ounce) bags of fresh or frozen cranberries
- 3 cups peeled and chopped Golden Delicious apples, about 3 medium
- 3 cups 100% apple juice
- 3 tablespoons orange zest
- 3 teaspoons freshly ground ginger
- 3 tablespoon honey, or to taste
- 1½ teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg
Ann's Tips and Tricks
Since the apples here are used to sweeten the sauce instead of sugar, use a sweet apple like Golden Delicious, Fuji or Gala. Avoid tarter varieties like Granny Smiths or Braeburns.