If you’re looking for a cranberry sauce that’s nothing like the one made with the recipe on the back of the bag of cranberries, you’re in the right place. This recipe calls for a slew of fresh ingredients that make it unique and delicious. In addition to the cranberries, it’s got Golden Delicious apples, raisins, slivered almonds, cinnamon, fresh ginger, orange zest, and apple juice.
I like to use pasteurized apple juice which can be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. It tastes so much fresher than regular canned or bottled apple juice.
Killer Cranberry Sauce makes a perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
Recipe by Winner Dinners
Serves about 12
1 cup raisins (dark or golden)
1 cup (about 5 ounces) slivered almonds, lightly toasted
2 12-ounce bags of cranberries, picked over and washed
1-1/2 cups Golden Delicious apples, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
grated orange zest from two oranges
2 cups sugar
1 cup apple juice (the refrigerated pasteurized variety, if possible)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
To soften the raisins, put them in a small bowl and pour enough boiling water over them to cover. Let stand 15 minutes or longer. Drain. Lightly toast the almonds by baking them at 300 for 5 minutes. Set aside. Meanwhile prepare the cranberries, apples, ginger, and orange zest as directed so that you will have them ready. Put the sugar and apple juice in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 1 minute. Add the ginger, orange zest and cinnamon and continue to cook for another minute. Add the cranberries and increase the heat. Cook, stirring often, until most of the berries have popped, about 5 minutes. Add the raisins, diced apples and almond slivers. Cook for one more minute. Let cool. Chill until serving time.