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Holiday Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce Recipe
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Holiday Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

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"This is a wonderful variation on traditional cranberry sauce for your holiday dinners. It's very easy to make, and my family insists upon it every Thanksgiving and more! It is also a great base for a glaze on your Holiday Ham. For a summer cranberry salad, simply add sliced strawberries, mango, oranges, pineapple, or whatever strikes your fancy!"

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    8 hrs 35 mins


  1. Mix the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, ground cloves, and cinnamon sticks together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and cool.
  2. Stir the pomegranate seeds into the cranberry mixture, and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove the cinnamon sticks before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 21, 2011

*This year I subbed POM juice for the OJ, took out the cloves & pomegranate seeds and added a chopped mango. In my 2nd batch I did the same but used a small can of manderin oranges instead of mango. yum!* Sorry this didn't work out for you Rachel. Yes, the poms are an acquired taste, I've been eating them for over 30's only now that they are getting popular. This recipe is MEANT to be quite spicy & you made it correctly. As per your suggestion, to make it moe "palatable" for your desired taste, removing the poms/spices, etc., what you find is the original recipe found on the back of just about any bag of fresh cranberries. Maybe you can start from there, then create something more to your liking. :) Use your imagination! That's where most fun recipes come from..."basic" guidelines plus your own "special touch". 11/6/10 A friend of mine just emailed me and gave me her version of my basic recipe! I haven't tried it yet, but I will! She substituted lt. brown sugar for the white sugar and 1 cup of peeled fresh FIGS, sliced in place of the poms. I just made a batch of this sauce for dinner tonight and tried it with apple cider in place of the OJ and 1 cup of chopped apples and pears. Oh my! Delish! This is basically a "do what you want to it" type of recipe. As long as the sugar and liquid stay the same as far as amts., it keeps it's consistancy. I would LOVE to hear how anyone else changes this up. Cooking is ALL about creativity and new ideas!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2007

I made this for Thanksgiving dinner, and I'm sorry to say it wasn't very well received. The basic cranberry sauce is great, but the spices were too much. My husband and I tasted it right after cooking, and it was fine, so perhaps I left the cinnamon sticks in too long? (It was about 24 hours total to serving time.) But the next day it was definitely different, and it tasted like the cloves were too strong. I wanted to try using pomegranates in a cranberry sauce, and this was the only recipe I found, but they didn't add much in the end because the cranberry/clove taste was too strong. (Plus everyone that ate it said "Oh no, what is so crunchy in here? Are you supposed to eat that?" but that's not the recipe's fault they don't know what a pomegranate is.) My suggestiong would be to skip the poms all together and cut back the spices, and you've got a great sauce that I might try again.

Feb 09, 2009

Healthful choice with the added texture of pomegranate seeds is a fantastic holiday "cranberry sauce". My family raved and I've made it just because. I made the recipe just as is.

Dec 04, 2008

The cinnamon was very overpowering, but I was able to fix it with some lime juice and added lime slices to garnish (see photo) and it turned out splendidly. It was the first dish to run out at Thanksgiving - and a made a double batch! My spouse even licked the bowl clean - after the guests departed, of course :-)

Nov 26, 2007

Superb - There's nothing like fresh cranberry sauce. The pomegranate adds a nice touch. I also mixed in 1/4 cup Grand Manier. A true hit at the Thanksgiving Day table!

Jan 13, 2010

A favorite recipe! Sometimes I add mandrin oranges and/or a chapped apple.

Nov 30, 2007

This cranberry sauce was delicious but several of my guests did not like the consistency of the pomegranates (maybe the one I got was not ripe enough, I don't usually buy them so I was not sure how to pick one). I enjoyed it and will use the leftovers with pork & chicken in the future.

Nov 18, 2007

Made this today to freeze for Xmas. Spouse and I don't eat cranberry sauce but we sure liked this. I replaced some of the orange juice with Grande Marnier. Very Good and will definately make again. Shirley


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  • Calories
  • 49 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

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

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