Saturday, December 25, 2010

Best Cranberry Sauce Ever Recipe

OK, so I noticed this year (because I have two babies and I pay attention to this stuff now) that canned cranberry sauce is chock full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasty stuff. So, first off I made a Food Network recipe on the stovetop. But, it's kind of a pain to do when the babies are up. So, I thought, I recall a crock-pot recipe in Stephanie O'Dea's book. I combined them and yum.

Crock-pot Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 C cranberry juice
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 C fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 Gala apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 4 tsp. corn starch 

Spray crock with non-stick cooking spray. Add the cranberry juice, cranberries, apples cinnamon and sugar to crock. Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours.
Stir every hour or so. When the skin from the cranberries has softened, the cranberries will "pop" when pushed with a spoon up against the side of the crock.

Smoosh all of the cranberries. Stir well.

Heat enough for it to be warm throughout. 
Remove 8 ounces of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Slowly add the cornstarch-juice mixture (slurry) to the cranberry mixture, stirring constantly. Cook for an additional 15 minutes with the lid off.
Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until thickened, about 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve.
The Results
This is super yum. And it's free of HCFS if you're worried about that. It's so super easy and delicious. And, while some recipes call for gelatin as a thickener (which is not vegetarian as it is basically boiled down animal collagen, ick), this uses cornstarch instead. So, slather this on to your tofurkey and call it a Christmas sandwich!

This post linked at Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays and Tasty Tuesdays.


  1. YUM! This sounds delish! Love that there is no orange in it as I'm not a cranberry w/orange lover. :)

  2. Love the idea of this being made in the crock pot!!!

  3. Sherry--
    It is definitely delicious. I'm not fond of orange in cranberry sauce either. Though I do like orange-cranberry scones as long as they're light on the orange. Hm.

    Thanks go to Steph at for the inspiration to put cranberry sauce in a crock pot. It does make it so easy to make your own.