Candied pecans are chopped and added into the cranberry sauce base after it has cooled slightly, giving the final sauce a sweet and nutty crunch.
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Taking inspiration from another fall comfort—mulled wine—this version of cranberry sauce swaps water for red wine and adds in holiday spice in the form of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.
Granny Smith apples build on the already tart and sweet profile of cranberry sauce, and the addition of extra orange juice and orange zest gives adds a brightness.
Pear and ginger are a great contrasting pair, and worked very well in this cranberry sauce variation.
The original base comprised of cranberries, sugar, water, and salt. A couple tablespoons of fresh orange juice adds a nice sweet citrus compliment to the tartness of cranberries.
There's more than one way to enjoy cranberries this Thanksgiving than in gelatinous sauce form, and this cranberry-apple relish is a great alternative with some added bonuses.
In line with traditional cranberry sauce, the addition of pomegranate pushes the fruity flavor further without covering up that sweet and tart cranberry flavor you expect with your Thanksgiving dinner.
For this variation add spices like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves as well as orange juice and zest, then finish it off with a bit of spiced rum. The end result is incredible: a cranberry sauce that has a multidimensional array of seasonal flavors that fits seamlessly into any Thanksgiving meal.
Sure, we found some store-bought cranberry sauce that was pretty decent in our recent taste test, but homemade is so much better, and best of all, it's absolutely blindingly simple to do.