Holiday Recipes with a Twist: Cranberry Applesauce with Fresh Ginger

And today we have the final recipes in the Holiday Recipes series I’ve been putting on with Amanda and Tyler of What We’re Eating.  At our pre-holiday dinner, Amanda made a delicious cranberry sauce that included persimmons and just a touch of fresh rosemary.  I would never have thought to add rosemary to cranberry sauce, but the combination was perfect!

I decided to pair my cranberries with apples, fresh ginger, and lots of sugar for a sweet-tart sauce that is the epitome of fall.  Since I’ve always loved the homemade applesauce my grandma serves every year with the Christmas ham, I decided to make an applesauce that goes well with turkey, too!  This one definitely fits the bill.  And I added the big dose of fresh ginger with my husband in mind, as that’s one of his favorite flavors.

For those of you who have never made homemade applesauce, this will be a revelation.  Just throw a whole bunch of apples in the pot with a bit of water and sugar and it practically makes itself.  If you’d like to make plain applesauce using this recipe, omit the berries and ginger, reduce the sugar a bit and throw a couple cinnamon sticks into the pot.  Proceed with directions and remove the cinnamon sticks at the end.  Of course you can add some ground cinnamon at the end and even use the fresh ginger if you like.  Once you make homemade applesauce for the first time, you’ll never be happy with the store-bought stuff again.

Cranberry Applesauce with Fresh Ginger

4-5 pounds baking apples, peeled, cored and quartered*
1 cup water
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 cup water
1 12 oz. package cranberries
1-2 cups sugar**
1 tablespoon grated ginger
pinch of salt

Place apples in a large saucepan or dutch oven.  Squeeze lemon juice into the cup of water then pour over the apples.  Add cranberries, sugar, grated ginger, and a pinch of salt.  Stir, then bring mixture to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  When apples are soft enough to mash with a spoon, remove from heat.  Mash with a potato masher, or for a smoother texture, run mixture through a food mill.  Let cool, then refrigerate in a covered container until ready to use.  Can be refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to a year.

Recipe Notes: *I used a combination of Granny Smith and Golden Delicous apples. **The amount of sugar is up to you.  If you prefer a very tart sauce, you might even use less than a cup.  2 cups of sugar will give you a sweet, dessert-like sauce.  You can always start out with a small amount and stir more in towards the end of cooking.  I prefer my sauce sweet!

Yield: about 7 cups

In case you missed any of the other recipes in our holiday series this month, you can see them all below.  Click on a photo to be taken to the recipe.  Happy holiday planning!

Sourdough Stuffing with Apple and Bacon

Sourdough Stuffing with Apples and Bacon

Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

And the Holiday Recipe Series continues over at What We’re Eating with:

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Wrapped in Prosciutto

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Wrapped in Prosciutto

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Cranberry Sauce with Rosemary and Persimmons

Cranberry Sauce with Rosemary and Persimmon

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23 Comments
  1. Holiday Recipes: Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Rosemary and Persimmon - What We’re Eating - A Food & Recipe Blog

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    9:46 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  2. Fit Bottomed Girls

    What a delicious menu!!! I bet the ginger is beautifully delicious with the cranberries.

    10:45 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  3. Ruby

    I might even make this for Abby as her meal! Grind a little turkey in it too… so she can eat it. Nothing wrong with homemade babyfood huh?

    10:49 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  4. janelle

    Hello! What a fun way to list food: via photos. You are in for a great meal:).

    I love all the flavors that find their way into cranberry sauce; I just made a new one with brandy and orange marmalade—but no worries, the ginger is going into a cocktail:).

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    10:56 am  Nov 20th, 2008
  5. Ellie from Kitchen Caravan

    Mmmmm…cranberry, ginger, persimmon and rosemary. What a wonderful combination of flavors.

    12:12 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  6. Karina

    We are surfing the same wave- I’ve been craving a cranberry infused applesauce! Beautiful- and I love the spike of ginger.

    2:39 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  7. Cynthia

    This has been an excellent series and so many things have been bookmarked :)

    5:08 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  8. DD

    Gorgeous photos! I love the greens and reds. And that stuffing looks sooo good!

    5:20 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  9. The Secret Ingredient/Season to Taste

    I’m SOOOOOO making this recipe for Thanksgiving!!! What a great idea!

    7:24 pm  Nov 20th, 2008
  10. Kimberley

    I just found your site and I think it’s great! I’ve been craving apple sauce so much lately. I can’t seem to get enough of it! I’m going to keep your cranberry applesauce in mind for Christmas!

    4:14 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  11. Amiyrah

    I most recently fell in love with homemade applesauce. I make ours in the crockpot and I will just have to try this recipe too! What do you do with your apple peels? One thing we do is toss them in cinnamon and sugar, lay them out on a big, greased, cookie sheet, and place them in a 350 degrees oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off oven, take out cookie sheet, flip the “chips” and put them back in the oven. Leave them for a few hours and they turn crispy and crunchy! Homemade fruit chips! My 3-year old loves these!

    10:54 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  12. robin // caviar and codfish

    I’m so smitten with that photo with the apple peels. :)

    11:51 am  Nov 21st, 2008
  13. Amadeo

    I wish I could cook a little better. I should try out that stuffing recipe. I loooove stuffing.

    3:12 pm  Nov 21st, 2008
  14. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    I’m completely addicted to homemade applesauce. I don’t put sugar in it, but I use cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves. I always make mine with the skins on, too, so it turns a beautiful pink color.

    10:05 pm  Nov 22nd, 2008
  15. Amanda

    I made this the other night, the only recommendation I have is to send it through a food mill or a mesh strainer, the cranberry skins are better left behind.

    9:39 am  Nov 25th, 2008
  16. Nicole

    Amanda: Thanks for your feedback! I also prefer a smoother texture so I like to use a food mill.

    10:41 am  Nov 25th, 2008
  17. Angie Younce

    Neat twist on a classic. I’ve done the apple/cranberry thing many times, but I bet the ginger just adds a little something extra.

    Thank you for this one!

    5:56 pm  Nov 25th, 2008
  18. Sarah

    I know I’m about a year late on this post, but I have a question. In the ingredients you have “1 cup of water” listed twice, but I only see it in the instructions once. Please advise, this recipe looks amazing!

    12:27 pm  Nov 15th, 2009
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