Cranberry Sauce with Jalapeno Peppers Recipe -
Cranberry Sauce with Jalapeno Peppers Recipe
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Cranberry Sauce with Jalapeno Peppers

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"A fantastic recipe with a touch of HOT for chicken or turkey. Use caution when handling the jalapeno peppers. Uncle Bill's Tips: Wear plastic gloves or wash hands thoroughly after handling, using white vinegar or a mixture of water and bleach to remove the pepper's heat."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    20 mins


  1. Rinse berries in cold water; drain.
  2. In a saucepan, stir together water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved and come to a boil. Stir in the cranberries, jalapeno peppers and lemon juice; return the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir lemon juice and sherry into the mixture until blended. Remove the pan from heat and allow the mixture to cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate the cooled mixture in a glass container with lid until you are ready to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 24, 2010

We made this last year and can't wait to make it again. I gave it four stars ONLY because we made a few us, it wasn't hot enough, even our picky 4 & 5 yr old "non-spicy-eating" daughters ate it. This could just have been the jalapeno peppers I got, which vary due to ripeness, etc, so I plan on doubling up or leaving in some seeds this year. Also we used 100% cranberry/pomegranate juice in place of the water (YUM!) and omitted the sherry based on other comments. Finally, I pureed the finished product and while it seemed a little thin while hot, it jelled up nicely if you prefer a smoother consistency.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 23, 2007

I love sherry in tetrazzini and stroganoff, but not this. I added it bit by bit, and wish I stopped at 2 Tbsp. or left it out. I doubled the lemon juice. I think this recipe has promise, but can't figure out what it needs. Green pepper, like jalapeno jelly? I am going to experiment further, and definitely add less water and more jalapenos.

Nov 22, 2010

Based on some previous reviews I made a couple changes. I used 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup lite corn syrup and 1/2 cup Splenda in place of the sugar. Left out the lemon juice and substitute triple sec for the sherry. This was amazing! It tasted like jalapeno jelly with cranberries. I'll be making it again and every Thanksgiving from now on!

Nov 29, 2010

I love cranberry sauce and this was really a new take on things for me with the jalapenos. NOTE: if you remove the seeds AND MEMBRANES of the jalapeno you will remove most of the heat yet retain the pepper flavor! The membranes hold the heat so if you don't want the I used 1/4 cup high-quality pear-flavored vodka rather than the sherry; I think sherry makes things a little cloying in any recipe, but that's just me. Thanks for this recipe!

Nov 10, 2007

For kicks, leave in the jalapeno seeds and use vodka instead of sherry!

Nov 28, 2012

This recipe rocked with my slight changes: instead of lemon juice I used the zest and juice from one orange, and I didn't have sherry so I used Captain Morgan Tattoo Rum, which is dark and spicy and citrusy. I let the sauce simmer a bit to cook off the alcohol for the kids. It was the most incredible cranberry sauce this family ever was gone in a heartbeat! The chant was "Make More, Mom!" My last tip: DOUBLE THE RECIPE! Always wear gloves when seeding and mincing the jalapenos.

Dec 22, 2008

Followed the recipe exactly and it was a little runny. But the flavor was delish. Those who like hot/spicy loved it. It made plenty and have some left over for christmas. Maybe cooking it a little longer would help with the thinness, but we just used a slotted spoon and all was fine.

Nov 27, 2002

A great variation on the traditional cranberry sauce. My sauce turned out a little runny, so I'm going to work on ways to make it 'jell' a little more. But, overall, it was a hit at our table.


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  • Calories
  • 264 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 65.6 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 181 mg
  • 7%

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

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