Remember, when I posted about my mom’s homemade apple sauce, last year? Well, I started tinkering with that recipe the other week. You see, I love that applesauce but I wanted something a bit different. I served up a juicy pork loin and my Gratin Dauphinois alongside of this gorgeous and uber flavorful (and festive) cran-applesauce. Cranberries are a luxury food item that we only get to really embrace and cook with for a whopping 2 months (ok, maybe 3 months) out of the year!
I’m a big fan of chunky applesauce. Pureed applesauce doesn’t always fly for me so I tend to keep my applesauce a bit more on the chunky side. However, if you like it 100% pureed — do it! Get your puree on. That’s the great thing about recipes–you can always adapt and modify to your liking. Of course this applesauce doesn’t look like traditional applesauce thanks to the red dye in the cranberries. This is a sweet and tangy applesauce and pairs well with pork and of course you could always serve it next to your turkey tomorrow. Simple enough to make the day of and serve hot or make it tonight and pull it out of the refrigerator just before your ready to serve your Thanksgiving meal.
Katie Original Recipe
- 3 gala apples
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- Peel, core, and chop apples. Place in a medium pot on medium heat. Rinse the cranberries and add them to the pot. Add sugar, cinnamon and apple juice. Give the contents of the pot a stir, place the lid on the pot, turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer for 30 minutes (mixing periodically). *Don't be alarmed, your cranberries will begin to pop. Depending on your stove you may need to reduce the heat if the apples and cranberry begin to boil. Apples and cranberries should be soft to touch. Let cool and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
*If you don't like chunky applesauce feel free to run it through a food processor or blend with an emersion blender.