Pear and Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Pear and ginger are a great contrasting pair, and worked very well in this cranberry sauce variation. [Photographs: Joshua Bousel ]

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Pear and Ginger Cranberry Sauce

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 8
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:45 minutes
This recipe appears in: Sauced: Five Cranberry Sauce Variations for Thanksgiving

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine cranberries, pears, white sugar, water, brown sugar, orange juice, grated ginger, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until berries start to pop, about 5 minutes. Press berries against side of pan with wooden spoon and continue to cook until berries have broken down and sauce thickens to a jam-like consistency, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Adjust consistency with water as needed. Stir in crystallized ginger. Serve immediately or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Can be served cold or reheated.

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