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Friday, November 25, 2016

Cranberry Apple Sauce #CranberryWeek


     First thing's first, how was your Thanksgiving?  Ours was lovely.  There was too much food, as always but it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving if that weren't the case.  In fact I think we should all just make a resolution now that it's a yoga pants weekend and be comfy, cozy and happy with that.  Afterall, there are leftovers to eat, Christmas decorations to get out and football to watch!


    In the meantime, have you been enjoying cranberry week as much as I have?  There have been a lot of really great ideas that I can't wait try.  This final recipe I am sharing was perfect served cold as a side for Thanksgiving.  It was that little bit sweet, little bit tart, bright flavor that was a great counter to the savory, creamy potatoes, gravy and casseroles.  It would also be great served warm with pork chops, pork roast or maybe one of those schnitzels that Caroline always makes look so good.



    I really like that the apples in this recipe lend some sweetness to the cranberries, so you don't have to add quite as much sugar as in a lot of cranberry sauce recipes.  You could certainly blend it smooth if you'd like, but I left mine pretty chunky as I thought it added that little bit more interest.

   So now that we've made it through Thanksgiving and #CranberryWeek, you might think we could take a little break..... never!  Next week is going to be another hectic one.  My little sister is getting married and it will be the start of  12 days of #christmascookies.  So hold on to your seats, this train doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon!



Cranberry Apple Sauce
makes about 1/2 gallon

Ingredients:

3-4 pounds cooking apples, peeled and sliced
12 oz cranberries
2 T orange juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
pinch of salt

  1. Place ingredients in a large heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Stir occasionally as it comes to a boil over medium heat.  
  3. Reduce the heat to low and cover.  Allow to simmer, covered for about 15 minutes or until the apples are soft enough to mash with a potato masher.
  4. Mash to your desired consistency or use an immersion blender for a smoother finished product.
  5. Serve warm or cold.  Store in the refrigerator. 

Welcome to #CranberryWeek, hosted by Caroline's Cooking and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. We'll be sharing cranberry-inspired creations all week long in celebration of national cranberry day. Search #CranberryWeek to keep up to date and follow the #CranberryWeek Pinterest board for more cranberry inspiration. But first, see all the other cranberry recipes being shared today:




22 comments:

  1. Love the addition of the apples!!! Enjoy the rest of this nice, long holiday weekend sweet friend!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! Have a great weekend!

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  2. I love homemade cranberry sauce. Yum!

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  3. Sounds delicious (and thanks, sure it would go with one of the schnitzels I make :) )

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  4. What a beautiful sauce. I love the addition of the apples and orange but have never tried it with brown sugar. That sounds delicious!

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    1. Thank you! The flavors really came together nicely.

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  5. Our Canadian Thanksgiving is in October but I have marked this for next year. It looks wonderful.

    The Old Fat Guy

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    1. I have almost wished you a happy Thanksgiving a hundred times in the last few weeks, but have held back as I know yours has come and gone. I hope you like it when the time rolls back around!

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  6. Hi Carlee, I love Cranberry sauce, but have never made it myself as we do not get fresh cranberries here. Do you think that I could use soaked dried cranberries in this recipe? Also how long would it keep in the fridge for?

    xx

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    1. I'll have to try it with dried cranberries some time. I would almost think by the time they boiled down that you could get a similar consistency. It is good in the fridge for a week or two but could be stored in a the freezer for a few months and defrosted as needed.

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  7. So delicious! Now this is a cranberry sauce I'd want to eat!

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  8. I saw this on twitter and was wowed! I love the idea of apple in this - I like a good tart bit of cranberry sauce, but let's face it = there's always so much and so much leftover I don't think I'd have that problem with this dish!

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    1. Thank you! It does make quite a bit. We love to freeze our apple sauce and I can't see why that wouldn't work for this. Though I am thinking of making some baked oatmeal with my leftovers instead!

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  9. I love a slightly sweet, slightly tart cranberry sauce with turkey on Thanksgiving, it adds a great depth to the flavor combination. I never thought about adding apples to reduce the amount of sugar, this is brilliant! I am definitely pinning this for next Thanksgiving, or even sooner, love fresh cranberry sauce! Thanks.

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    1. I hope you give it a try and love it! It's nice to have a fresh side on the plate mixed in with all of the rich ones ;-)

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  10. We will just love your Cranberry Apple Sauce, it looks awesome! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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