Apple Cranberry Sauce

Dairy-Free  |  Published Nov 19, 2020  |  Updated Nov 19, 2020  |  By Tawnie

cranberry sauce in a bowl topped with orange zest

Basic cranberry sauce essentially contains cranberries, a liquid (usually water) and a sweetener but this apple cranberry sauce is nothing but basic!

Cranberry sauce is a low-maintenance side and will probably be the easiest thing you make for the Thanksgiving table in my opinion.

My mom has been making this cranberry sauce recipe for years now and it’s one of my favorite sides.

cranberries in a sauce pan

It’s a classic homemade cranberry sauce recipe but with a few secret ingredients that make it next level.

I love that this recipe is the perfect combination of sweet, tart and has a citrusy kick from the orange. I know you guys will love it too!

Ingredients you will need:

ingredients needed to make cranberry sauce
  • Cranberries: you can opt for fresh or frozen
  • Sugar: Any granulated white sugar
  • Orange Juice and Zest: freshly squeezed is best. If you purchase some make sure it is pulp free!
  • White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay
  • Cinnamon or Cinnamon Stick: 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, if using
  • Granny Smith Apples: The sweetness of the apples perfectly the tart cranberries!
  • Fresh ginger: some fresh spicy ginger adds a subtle yet wonderful flavor.
  • Chili flakes (optional)
cranberry sauce in a bowl topped with orange zest

How to make cranberry Sauce

  1. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, orange juice, white wine and cinnamon. Simmer for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add in the cranberries, diced apple, ginger and chili flakes (if using).
  3. Simmer the mixture uncovered for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will begin to pop/burst and break down. You’ll notice the sauce thicken and get syrupy.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in orange zest and allow to cool.

Ways to use up leftover cranberry sauce

Just about every year we have leftover cranberry sauce and I get excited because it can be used in so many ways! Here are some of my favorite ways to use it up:

  • Top on your pancakes or waffles.
  • Add to your morning yogurt bowl or stir into a steaming bowl of oatmeal.
  • Stir or top on your favorite overnight oats.
  • Add it to meatballs for a quick and easy appetizer.
  • Spread it on your grilled cheese or leftover turkey sandwich.
  • Dollop it on top of your favorite cheesecake or pound cake.
cranberry sauce in a bowl topped with orange zest

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Apple Cranberry Sauce

This Apple Cranberry Sauce is filled with fresh orange juice, fresh ginger, Granny Smith apples and a touch of cinnamon. Your guests will love this sauce! 
5 from 6 reviews
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 114kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice fresh
  • 1/2 cup white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay
  • 1 stick cinnamon or 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12 oz.) package fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper chili flakes, optional
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
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Instructions

  • In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, orange juice, white wine and cinnamon. Simmer for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add in the cranberries, diced apple, ginger and chili flakes (if using).
  • Simmer the mixture uncovered for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will begin to pop/burst and break down. You'll notice the sauce thicken and get syrupy.
  • Remove from heat, stir in orange zest. Transfer to a shallow dish or bowl and allow to cool before serving. Remove cinnamon stick prior to serving. Can be made 2 days in advance.

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Notes

Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for 10-14 days. 
If you don’t like a chunky cranberry sauce, you can use a potato masher to smooth it out or even blitz in your blender until smooth.
Sauce thickens as it cools. 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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sarah johnson
11 months ago

I love that you added apples to cranberry sauce. This recipe is definitely a keeper! thank you for sharing

2 years ago

The ginger is hands down where it’s at on this one!!!

2 years ago

Adding ginger is such a great idea!!

2 years ago

I love the hefty addition of the ginger to this classic. Cranberry sauce should be a year-round recipe!

2 years ago

I made this last Thanksgiving and am coming back to it again this year, the BEST I’ve ever made!

2 years ago

Love the ginger addition!

2 years ago

This sauce was so easy to make and it tasted way better than any store bought cranberry sauce!

5 years ago

Such great flavors!

5 years ago

Agree, cranberry sauce is always good, even after Thanksgiving. Love the ingredients you used in this one!

Love that ginger and the white wine!! Beautiful flavors!

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