Leave the canned cranberry sauce behind! This traditional Perfect Apple Cranberry Sauce combines cranberries, apples, and orange zest and turns it into the perfect complement to turkey or a vegan roast. The best part - this sauce cooks in less than 10 minutes!
With all of the rich dishes on the Thanksgiving table, cranberry sauce is necessary to break up savoriness. Cranberries and apples are in season and perfectly ripe, so I like to use them during Autumn as much as I can.
That's why I make this sweet and tart mixture, which becomes The Perfect Apple Cranberry Sauce! To me, this is the perfect sauce to accompany any savory dishes such as stuffing, potatoes, or green bean casserole. You'll make this fast and simple sauce every year forward!
When multiple fruits are in season, why not combine them at their peak freshness? If you have some farm-fresh apples, they add the perfect natural sweetness to cranberry sauce.
Granny smith apples are both tart and sweet, which is why I love them for cranberry sauce. They also keep their shape well when cooked, so you will still see chunks of tender apple within the sauce.
To top it all off, I also like to add some fresh orange juice to the sauce and orange zest once the sauce has completely cooled. You will find orange zest or juice in a variety of fall dishes. These three fruits combine to make a complex, sweet, and tart cranberry sauce that is second to none!
Have pears in the house? Throw one in! Have lemon instead of orange? No problem! This Perfect Apple Cranberry Sauce is very delicious and forgiving, so be sure to use the best ingredients or whatever you have in the house.
You only need a few ingredients for this amazing sauce:
In a saucepan, add together all ingredients over medium-high heat, stirring until combined and the mixture begins to boil, about 1-2 minutes. Once cranberries begin to pop/burst, reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for about 6-7 minutes or until the sauce is thick and the cranberries are broken and tender.
Once done, remove heat and allow the sauce to cool completely before serving. Garnish with orange zest, if desired.
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I made this for Thanksgiving and it was the perfect sweetness and thickness, I really liked the addition of the apple. I make a different recipe every year looking for a keeper and I found it with this recipe.
I did substitute the water with freshly squeezed orange juice for extra sweetness.
Hi Annette! Yay----I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! It's definitely a staple in my house for Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for choosing to give it a try! 🙂