There's no reason to use the canned food if you can enjoy homemade cranberry sauce with apples for a Thanksgiving side dish. We combine fresh cranberries with sweet apples to a delicious homemade version.
homemade cranberry sauce
I've never been a big fan of cranberry sauce in cans. But I love cranberry juice, cranberry butter, cranberry salad and this homemade cranberry sauce recipe that's sweetened with apples. I think it might be the texture of the store-bought sauce that I do not like.
Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without a variation of cranberry sauce on the dining table. When I serve the canned food, there are always leftovers. But when I serve apple-sweetened homemade cranberry sauce, my family devours them.
I'm pretty sure you have family members who also refuse to eat cranberry sauce. This recipe is so different. The sweetness of the cooked apples makes this version so much better. Everyone will find it delicious.
Serve this cranberry sauce warm or at room temperature. We like it best when it's warm. It also tastes great with turkey buns. The sweet goes well with turkey.
Ingredients for homemade cranberry sauce
- Fresh cranberries
- Brown sugar
- lemon juice
How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Core the apples first, peel and slice them. I've used Red Delicious apples, but Grandma Forge or most other varieties work.
In a medium saucepan, add sugar, brown sugar, water and lemon juice over medium heat. Cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Then stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Now add cranberries and sliced apples. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally. After the mixture has boiled, let the heat drop and cook for about 30 minutes.
Remove from heat. The sauce becomes thicker on cooling.