By HarvardHomemaker

I'm a Harvard graduate and homemaker who blogs about living (and loving!) the domestic life with my husband and four young daughters. My blog now permanently resides at www.harvardhomemaker.com. Please visit me there!

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 02:31:10 PM in Recipes
Tags: recipes,  apple,  thanksgiving,  fall,  holiday,  with chicken,  with pork

Tart & Sweet Cranberry Applesauce

The cranberry part of Thanksgiving used to gross me out.  But thanks to this cranberry applesauce recipe, it's my favorite part of the meal now!  And I don't even like cranberries!!  This pairs so well with turkey--you might not even want to use gravy anymore!  You can also serve this with pork or chicken any time of the year--yum!

Give it a shot--maybe all of you cranberry-doubters (like me!) will give it a thumbs up, too.  I have a feeling this might become a Thanksgiving tradition at your table.  :)  Let me know how it goes!

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

Peel, core, and slice apples.  (I usually use Granny Smith apples)

Place the apples in a pot with the cranberries and water.

Cook (covered) until soft.

Add sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.  (mmm--smell the cloves!)

For a chunkier applesauce, you can mash by hand like this.  Or you can use a hand-mixer for a smoother consistency.

Serve warm or cold.  What a colorful addition to your Thanksgiving table!

Tart & Sweet Cranberry Applesauce

4 large apples (about 2 lbs)  I usually use Granny Smith apples

1 1/2 - 2 cups whole cranberries

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/8 t. cloves

Peel, core, and slice apples.  Put them in a 3 quart saucepan with the cranberries and water.  Cook (covered) over medium heat until soft (about 10 minutes).  Add sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.  Simmer uncovered, stirring often, until sugar is well-dissolved and flavors are blended (about 5 minutes).  You can mash by hand, or for a smoother consistency, you can blend with a hand-mixer.  I personally like it chunky, but keep in mind that you will get some bites of the cranberries' peels.  If that bothers you, then I recommend blending it up.

Serve warm or cold.  * I like it chilled myself.


Do you typically serve cranberries on Thanksgiving?  Or do you skip that part?  :)  After this post, I'm sure you will all be cranberry fans!  :)

Until next time,


Follow Me on Pinterest

You might also like:

30 Photos with Wording Ideas to Inspire Holiday Cards

It's my favorite time of the year again... holiday card season, of course!  I just love opening our mailbox to find pictures and updates from all the special people in our life!  I equally

Nov 18 2013, 03:29 PM - 2942 Views - 0 comments

15 Great Sites to Get Your Holiday Photo Cards

It's that time of year again!  Time to start thinking about the ol' Christmas card!  If you need some photo inspiration, you might want to check out this post with 100 Photos to

Oct 24 2013, 10:08 PM - 2455 Views - 0 comments

100+ Ideas to Help Organize Your Home and Your Life

I love to organize!!   Okay, that may be overstating things a bit. Let's rephrase:  I love to be organized.   I think all of us love to be organized, whether we admit it or not.

Jan 18 2013, 11:21 PM - 1364565 Views - 39 comments

Moist & Healthy Pumpkin Bars - Made with Applesauce

If you love pumpkin bars, look no further--this recipe is for you!  My aunt gave me the original recipe, and then I modified it.  I took out an entire CUP of oil, and I also replaced the

Oct 6 2012, 11:16 PM - 7411 Views - 4 comments


Add comment

Signin or Signup to comment