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My Pin It! Tried & True Tuesday # 33: Easy 5 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce


Pin It! Tried & True Tuesday # 33

My Easy 5 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce with Apple

Cranberry sauce, well, let’s face it, you either love it or hate it! Do you leave it out of your Thanksgiving meal because no one really eats it? Maybe, it’s that jiggley, cylinder tower from the tin can, over the years, that has given it a less than favorable rating. If you feel like you just don’t have time to make a homemade cranberry sauce with all the other things you need to do for the Thanksgiving meal; there is hope!   This is one of the easiest 5 ingredient recipes for cranberry sauce and I’ve been making it for years. It’s slightly tart, but made sweeter by an apple, has the perfect consistency, and is a gorgeous burgundy color. It’s the perfect combo with turkey, not to mention how beautiful it looks on your plate. I think presentation is part of eating too. 😉  Making this on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving allows the flavors to meld and saves time on Thursday. So, there are no excuses for leaving it off of this year’s menu!


~ Cranberry Sauce with Apple ~


  • 3 cups Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 cup Apple Juice (you can use apple cider instead of the juice, as well)
  • 1 ~ 1 1/2 cups Sugar the amount of sugar will depend on the tartness of your cranberries, the sweetness of your apple, and your personal taste. Start with 1 cup and adjust as needed.
  • 1 ~ 2  tsps. (heaping) All-Spice ~ again, it depends on your taste and how strong of an all-spice taste you like.
  • 1 Apple, diced

Here is what you do:

  • Wash cranberries and apple
  • Dice apple (I leave the skin on.)
  • Bring cranberries, apple juice, sugar, and all-spice to a boil. Berries will pop open. Lower to a medium high heat. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to crush berries as you stir.
  • Add diced apple and simmer on low another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Once cooled, place in airtight container and chill.

Helpful Hints:

  • Best made 1-2 days in advance to allow flavors to meld
  • Cranberry sauce will thicken after cooling.
  • This makes approximately 2 1/2 cups of  cranberry sauce.
  • From start to finish this takes about 15 minutes.
  • Great to have on leftover turkey sandwiches or pie and ice cream.
  • Store in an airtight container and freeze for later use.

Enjoy and please don’t use that jiggley cylinder stuff!


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