Every fall we await the arrival of fresh cranberries in the grocery aisles. "Have you seen them yet?" "Are they in?" We compare notes for cranberry sightings at the local stores.
When the cranberries do finally come in, we load up, so we have plenty of frozen cranberries to last us the year.
Then we start cooking with them.
Cranberry relish, cranberry sorbet, even cranberry salsa. We even have three different recipes for apple cranberry pie.
One of my father's favorite things to make is applesauce with cranberries added in for tartness, flavor, and color. We'll eat it for breakfast, as a side for pork, or with ice cream for dessert.
Also, not sure which type of apple to use? Check out our Guide to Apples for more information on apple varieties.
3 to 4 pounds of peeled, cored, roughly chopped Granny Smith apples (or other good cooking apple such as Golden Delicious, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein)
1 1/2 cups to 2 cups frozen cranberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Simmer the ingredients together:
Place all of the ingredients in a large (5-quart) pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 20 to 30 minutes, or until the apples can easily be mashed.
Mash with potato masher:
Remove from heat. Mash the apples and cranberries with a potato masher to the consistency you want.
Serve hot as a side to pork or turkey. Or serve hot or cold as a dessert with some vanilla ice cream.
Store in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Or freeze for up to a year.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 420g||153%|
|Dietary Fiber 59g||212%|
|Total Sugars 328g|
|Vitamin C 34mg||169%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|