Monday, November 28, 2011

The Last Cranberry Sauce Recipe You Will EVER Need!

I was raised on canned cranberry sauce.  You know, the kind that keeps the shape of the can long after it has been plated and featured as a colorful side for your Thanksgiving meal.  In all fairness, I did not know how easy it was to make from scratch.  Then one of my girlfriends shared this recipe with me, and I have never looked back.  This Cranberry Pear Sauce is what I make during the holiday season, and I promise you that if you give this a try, you will NEVER want anything else.  Slightly tart and mildly sweet, it is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving meal.

3/4 cup of water
1 cup sugar
12 oz bag of fresh cranberries (I am sure frozen would work just as well)
2 cored and peeled pears (of your choosing), cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1tbsp grated fresh ginger, remove skin
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Trust me, doing all of the preparations first (or in cooking terms, your mis en place) will make this process run smoothly .  The first thing I do is grate my ginger.  Please use fresh ginger.  It is very inexpensive, and a little bit goes a long way.  The extra keeps very well in the freezer for the next time you need it.  I only peel the part I am going to use, and then stick it back in the freezer when I am done.  

Next, I peel and cut up my pears.  It doesn't matter what kind of pears you use.  I just pick what seems to be the ripest and the freshest.  Now you are prepared to to cook.

Add the water, sugar, cinnamon, and ginger to a pot and bring to a boil.

Add the pears and cranberries, and return to a boil.  You will hear the neatest popping sounds coming  from the cranberries, and you know you are right on track.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes.   

Cool to room temperature or make the day before.  If you make the day before, take it out of the fridge an hour before dinner and serve at room temperature.  

This really is the easiest recipe to make (it takes about 10 -15 minutes total), and your friends and family will be impressed.  This would also go well on top of ice cream or waffles, or even stuffed in crepes.  It really is that good.  If you make this recipe, I would love to hear for you.  Enjoy!


Adele said...

I really like the look & sound of this Erin. Going to bookmark for a great accompaniment to my Xmas dinner xoxo

Gawgus things... said...

That sounds gorgeous! I have to be honest though, with Marks and Spencer coming back to Paris, I'm going to be buying all this in jars!! XX

The Blonde Duck said...

WAFFLES! I must buy pears so I can have this on gingerbread waffles! (Faints from delish overload.)

MM said...

It looks delicious!! I love pears!!!

Have a wonderful week, sweetie!!


PS: I bought my boots last year from Zara

Imaging Energy said...

oooo. i love cranberry sauce and am always on the lookout for new recipes. thanks!

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

This looks delicious!! My husband had to work on Thanksgiving so they had someone cater a meal for his job and the caterer made cranberry sauce with pineapple and some other things in it. At first, hubby was afraid to try it because he doesn't normally like cranberry sauce but he ended up having three helpings of it!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!! Have a fantastic day!!!! : )

~ Wendy

Julia said...

amazing recipie! yammi!!!!!!

Tina Lane said...

A few years ago I discovered how nicely pears and cranberries get along and I have never gone back.

My addition: a cream cheese topping.

Ana said...

It looks yummy, Erin!

xo, Ana


that looks so delish! And yes, I too was raised on the canned kind and there is nothing like freshly made cran sauce!x

BlueVanilla said...

YUM! This looks delish...cranberrys are the best freshly cooked!

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Gertrude said...

Yum!! That looks so so good!

Erin said...

Yum! That looks really good! I will have to try this-especially in crepes!


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LOIS said...

sounds like a nice recipe! :D
Love Lois xxx

joanne hegarty said...

I'm totally stealing this for Christmas - thanks Erin. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Elle Sees said...

where was this last week? ;)
i only like it whole like this; not the canned kind.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

My turkey dinner is smothered in cranberry sauce. I love the stuff.
I will enjoy trying this recipe.

alicia said...

looks amazing!

Bravoe Runway said...

This looks amazing...and it is not.from.a.can???

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Yes! This looks yummy and I don't even like cranberry sauce. I'd be willing to try this though!

Kelly said...

This looks amazing! I love the sound cranberries make when the pop on the stove. Fall :)

Bad Joan said...

yum! this sounds amazing!


Jess said...

I don't really like cranberry sauce but I really want to try to make this one...I'll let you know if I do

Anonymous said...

erin ~ even though thanksgiving is now over, i'm so making this for leftover turkey that we have for turkey cranberry sandwiches = yum!!!
xx ~ kristina

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