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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cranberry Sauce with Apple Cider

Ok, so the picture isn't great.  This is another one of those recipes that was so good we devoured it quickly.  I can show you a picture of the victim.

This was our first time making thanksgiving. My family came up from Atlanta to show us the special way to cook the turkey and stuff it with the stuffing to get it just right.  We also made the butternut squash and blue cheese gratin for Thanksgiving (so good).  It was of course, a hit.  But this is about the cranberry sauce. 

We happen to love apple cider in this house. Every week we go through a gallon of apple cider (mostly Brian, but I enjoy it too).  We get apple cider from August-ish through late Spring.  When our farm store closes for the season, we defer to Wegman's cider, which is not as good as the farm kind but the best grocery store brand.  So once I saw this recipe for cranberry sauce using apple cider, I knew it would be a winner for us.  This was my first time making cranberry sauce and it was super easy!  We made it the day before so that it could sit overnight. 

To this recipe, I added a bit of orange zest and orange juice and used only 3/4 C of sugar. It took a bit longer than 10 minutes, so just make sure that the cranberries are all mushy. 

Fifteen people gave this an average rating of 5 out of 5.  Since Thanksgiving has passed, if you've already eaten up all those leftovers, then just plan to make this next year. :)

Recipe by Cooking Light, November 2002

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)


  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1  cup  apple cider or apple juice
  • 1  (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries pop, stirring occasionally. Chill.

Nutritional Information

Calories:135 (0.0% from fat)
Fat: 0.0g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g)
Protein: 0.3g
Carbohydrate: 35g
Fiber: 1.8g
Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Iron: 0.1mg
Sodium: 1mg
Calcium: 3mg

1 comment:

  1. OMG...I made this same recipe this year for thanksgiving, too! I added orange zest, cinnamon, ginger and a dash of nutmeg, and subbed a little of the apple juice for orange juice. It was amazing!