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Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

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"This has been a 'trade secret' for years, but it's so good I decided to share it! It's everyone's favorite, and can even be poured over a block of cream cheese and served with crackers for a fun holiday appetizer."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 04, 2006

Literally the BEST cranberry sauce EVER. You will never again buy the canned kind. I followed the recipe to a T, except that I substituted one small can of mandarine orange slices instead of one orange. It made prep super easy. For the dried fruit, I used the Sunmaid bits of fruit that include raisins, prunes, cherries and apricots. Everyone at our Thanksgiving dinner loved this sauce. My mother asked for seconds and thirds! The recipe makes a TON, but it lasts in the fridge and only gets better as the flavors blend. I found myself craving it by the spoonful the days following Thanksgiving, so I would heat a few spoonfulls in the microwave until it was warm and ate it right out of the bowl. I am still eating it with cream cheese on bagels for breakfast every morning! This one will be a staple at my holiday table every year! The best way to describe it is that it tastes like "fall." The yummy fall spices make this dish.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 25, 2006

Doesn't look like the picture at all....just fyi. I liked the recipe, it was more like a fruity dessert than a cranberry sauce, which was actually nice since some people don't like Cranberry sauce. I would recommend that you half the sugar, cook the cranberries in a different pot, put the remaining pot of fruit in a food processor after cooked and then add the cranberries after processing. This would give it more of a "cranberry dish" feel. It is very tasty, but make sure to half the sugar....the fruit was more than enough sweet.

Dec 08, 2002

I made this in the crockpot overnight on the low setting. Couldn't have been easier

Dec 20, 2005

FANTASTIC. I substituted Splenda for all but a tablespoon of the sugar for my diabetic guest, a former chef. He thought this was the most incredible cranberry sauce/chutney ever, and is now requested for all future thanksgivings. I don't care for regular cranberry sauce, but this was quite nice. I used about 1/2 the nuts called for, dried cranberries, cherries, and apricots, a whole (small) pear with a 1/2 an apple, and added a pinch of ginger and some allspice in addition to the cinnamon. The house smelled wonderful, and it tasted just as good.

Nov 01, 2007

Use Food Processor! So much easier!!! I put fruits and nuts one at a time in food processor then after cooking processed again to get that pretty red color back. I added an extra orange and used dried apricots which threw off the color but cut the tart flavor and were FABULOUS! The pecans make this absolutely irresistable. Serving suggestion: on bagel, toast or crackers with cream cheese! Its awesome!

May 06, 2012

I used to hate cranberry sauce but not any more. I've been making this for thanksgiving and Christmas for 2 years now and I "ALWAYS" get compliments on this dish. I leave out the nuts, used a can of mandarin orange instead of orange and been trying different kinds of dried fruit like tropical fruit mixes (coconut, mango, pineapple, etc.) It always turns out good.

Dec 18, 2005

This was a good cranberry sauce. I used the same recipe, except using splenda instead of sugar and left out the dried fruit. I also did not peel the fruit (except the orange of course!) and did not find that to affect the final product except the time it saved me. Thanks for the recipe!

Oct 18, 2003

This was a wonderful change from traditional cranberry sauces. It also was easy to make. I froze some for later and that worked well too.


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  • Calories
  • 195 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 6.8 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 100 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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