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Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 12 (serving size: 1/4 cup)
  • Hands-on: 15 Minutes
  • Total: 15 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup port wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind


1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté for 4 minutes. Add sugar and the next 4 ingredients (through cranberries); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 8 minutes or until cranberries pop. Remove from heat, and stir in orange rind. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

South-of-the-Border Cranberry Sauce: Add 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro; 1 teaspoon grated lime rind; and 1 minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce, to Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce. Serves 12 (serving size: 1/4 cup) Calories 112; Fat 1.2g (sat 0.1g); Sodium 6mg

Apple-Cranberry Sauce: Add 2 cups diced apple to Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce. Serves 16 (serving size: 1/4 cup) Calories 90; Fat 0.9g (sat 0.1g); Sodium 1mg

Dried Cherry-Cranberry Sauce: Combine 1 cup dried cherries and 1 cup cherry juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Drain. Add drained cherries to Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce. Serves 14 (serving size: 1/4 cup) Calories 137; Fat 1g (sat 0.1g); Sodium 3mg

Raspberry-Walnut Cranberry Sauce: Add 1 cup fresh raspberries and 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts to Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce. Serves 16 (serving size: 1/4 cup) Calories 112; Fat 3.3g (sat 0.3g); Sodium 1mg

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 112
  • Fat: 1.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 25.5g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.1mg
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Calcium: 5mg

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