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Chunky Cran-Applesauce

Chunky Cran-Applesauce

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!

Chunky Cran-Applesauce

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

Chunky Cran-Applesauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6


  • 3 gala apples
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup apple juice


  1. 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.


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10 Responses to “Chunky Cran-Applesauce”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted on November 21, 2012 at 7:46 am (#)

    Gala apples are my absolute fav!!

  2. Julius Droolius posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm (#)

    Good one! Apples and cranberries is a great combo, like my favorite, Cran-Apple juice 🙂

    • Katie replied on November 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am

      My favorite is cran-apple juice too! Straight up cranberry can be too harsh at times! 🙂

  3. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake posted on November 25, 2012 at 8:46 am (#)

    Wow it really is chunky! I feel like I can eat a whole bowl of it, love the colours and I bet it tastes fab. 🙂

    • Katie replied on November 25th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks! I know I could eat this as a mid-afternoon snack no problem (but its best with pork)!

  4. Tiffany posted on November 22, 2013 at 8:02 am (#)

    This looks delish! I wanna make this for Thanksgiving, but want to make sure its enough to feed everyone. How many does thia recipe feed?

    • Katie replied on November 23rd, 2013 at 7:13 am

      Hi Tiffany, it should give you about 6 servings. Let me know if you try it! 🙂 Happy early Thanksgiving!


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