Apple Cranberry Sauce
Apple cranberry sauce is my latest and new favorite recipe. Have you ever tried apple cranberry sauce? If not, you need to! Because this apple cranberry sauce recipe will change your views on traditional cranberry sauce recipes forever.
I must confess that I have hated cranberry sauce for the better part of my 30-something years that I’ve been walking on this planet. Until I discovered this absolutely amazing apple cranberry sauce. It was life changing! It was seriously that good.
A couple of years ago now, I was gearing up for thanksgiving, or turkey day as I call it, with the in-laws. Now, that is no small gathering. It is always a large group of people. So in a group text, everybody started claiming the dishes they would be making. Typically I like to bake and make sweets for the event. Usually when we go to visit them, I’ve got 7 different kinds of cookies, a pie, and a cheesecake ready to go. I tend to go a bit overboard in my baking.
Well before I knew it, others had claimed the dessert portion of things, as well as many side dishes. It left me wondering what I was supposed to do. I really had to think about this one for a bit and I finally decided on cranberry sauce. Normally I hate it, but figured I could try it out and see what happened.
The end result was two batches of this, because I had no idea how much I would need and figured I couldn’t go wrong with a two helpings. Or, I’d simply be throwing it out later if it was a disaster. Turkey day comes and my husband and I make the drive to see his family.
We are all digging in to our delicious meals. I hear someone ask who had made the cranberry sauce? I honestly pretended I didn’t hear the question, as I hate being the center of attention and I was nervous about the feedback.
My husband, of course, speaks right up and says it was me. I couldn’t shrink under the table because I was sandwiched in between people, unfortunately. Luckily the feedback was far more positive than I was anticipating, and as the meal went on, a couple other people asked who made it and I finally started admitting to it.
I tasted what I expected to be a disaster and it really was amazing! My husband inhaled his, as did several others. My father in-law asked if they could keep part of it when we left. That was high praise! Needless to say, I was actually pretty proud of myself.
Becomes a family tradition
My disaster turned out to be the complete opposite. It was genius! Now, I’ve never been a fan of cranberry sauce in a can. I never understood how people could eat that. It was like mutant jello or something, with the rings from the aluminum can imprinted around the sides and it just sliced like a deli meat or something. This was the extent of my experience with cranberry sauce for many years.
Every other fresh sauce I tried was too tart and had a weird texture. My husband has always liked cranberry sauce, but I never attempted making it before this, and I’m honestly sorry I didn’t. If he wanted cranberry sauce, I told him to go buy a can, go to a restaurant, or make his own himself. After making this recipe, I’m far more willing to make it any and every time he wants it! It will absolutely be on our table this coming turkey day as well. Like I said, I am very sorry I hadn’t found this sooner.
This year for thanksgiving we are staying at home and just enjoying the day to ourselves. When making our shopping list and talking about what we each wanted made, we both agreed on the cranberry sauce being an absolute must-have ingredient. I am looking forward to making it again.
Cranberries (1 package)
Apples (1 cup, peeled and chopped)
Sugar (1 cup)
Cinnamon (¼ teaspoon)
Salt (¼ teaspoon)
Water (¾ cup)
In a saucepan stir in the sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
Stir in the cranberries and apples. Simmer over medium heat until it starts to thicken up a bit and the cranberries start to pop. This should take roughly ten minutes..
Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature before serving.
I found this recipe was even better once it had set up overnight in the fridge and all the flavors married together. I also liked the consistency a bit better this way too. My recommendation would be to make this the day before Thanksgiving and keep in the fridge before serving.
Thanksgiving is all about traditions, but sometimes that means creating traditions of our own too. That is part of what I love about this recipe. It is creating a new tradition with my husband. We get to combine old traditions we grew up with, along with new ones we’re making ourselves. I don’t know about anyone else, but that makes me happy.
As I get ready to celebrate not only my anniversary this next week, but thanksgiving as well, I realize I have a lot to be thankful for. Life may not be perfect, but it is pretty close, in my opinion. I am surrounded by amazing people, I have a wonderful home, and I’m establishing my blog. I’ve found what makes me happy. I finally found what makes me happy in life, and I am doing it.
What about you? What is your favorite part of thanksgiving? Tell me about what you have to be grateful for in the comments! Check out my other condiment and sauce recipes!