Photo: Charles Masters
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 1/4 cup)

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

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 2g (sat 1g); Sodium 6mg

Step 3

Apple-Cranberry Sauce: Add 2 cups diced apple to Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce. Serves 16 (serving size: 1/4 cup) Calories 90; Fat 9g (sat 1g); Sodium 1mg

Step 4

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 1g); Sodium 3mg

Step 5

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 3g (sat 3g); Sodium 1mg

Ratings & Reviews

Vangibbons253's Review

November 28, 2013

bcamero's Review

November 27, 2013
This basic recipe was a huge success. I doubled the batch last year and still had to make more for the sandwiches the next day. I've never seen people go after cranberry sauce like this before. I will make it again, and again. Love this easy and delicious recipe!

Trishia64's Review

November 29, 2011
I really liked the sweet-tart contrast of this recipe, although I think I will cut the sugar just a bit next time. The port was a very nice addition. I continue to enjoy this sauce after Thanksgiving by adding a spoonful or two to my morning oatmeal.

jrich12's Review

November 24, 2011
Made the Apple-Cranberry Sauce version two days ahead. It was easy and a big hit. Will definitely make it again.

ACookingSoul's Review

December 24, 2011
Great versatile base recipe. Be sure to try the "Southwest" version.

Lara99's Review

November 27, 2011
Love, love, love this sauce! I have made many of cranberry sauces and have been very disappointed with the out come each year. The onions and port wine are the perfect balance for the tartness of the cranberries. I usually don't like cranberry sauce, but because of the flavors coming together perfectly, I had seconds.

SeattleSheri's Review

December 22, 2011
I was a little scared to use onions, but I didn't even notice them in the finished product. I combined a couple of the alternatives to the base recipe (apples and dried cherries) and it turned out great!

Deceptive calorie count

November 28, 2015
I really like this recipe. It was a hit with my family.  But the recipe says it's 112 calories per serving, but when you put in the exact ingredients and calculate calories per serving, it ends up being 194 calories per serving.  It's not quite the light recipe they make it out to be.