Nov 11
2013

Dried Cherry & Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Fresh cranberry sauce is a must-have at any Thanksgiving feast. This one is made with plump dried cherries and orange juice in less than 20 minutes.
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Every year at Thanksgiving, my kids eat the cranberry sauce by the spoonful. Actually, it’s a battle between the cranberries and the Family Crockpot Applesauce…which will be consumed the fastest when served alongside our go-to roast turkey recipe? Our usual family favorite is a Maple & Brown Sugar Cranberry Sauce, but this version, with dried cherries and orange juice, is fighting for top billing.

Are you wondering why someone would bother making cranberry sauce when you can just scoop it straight out of a can? It will be my life’s mission to convince you that making fresh cranberry sauce will be one of the most worthwhile 15 minutes of your cooking life.

Well, unless it’s a recipe where Brie cheese is involved. In that case, scrap what I said about the worthy cranberries.

Dried Cherry & Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving

I really wasn’t sure if the dried cherries would add much to a usual cranberry sauce. But after tasting the finished sauce and biting into the cherries plumped by cooking, I became convinced that dried cherries belong in every batch of this sauce, from here on out.

If you have extra sauce, or want to get ahead of the cooking game by making this a week or two ahead of your Thanksgiving feast, you are in luck. It freezes very well. Scoop the cooled sauce into freezer containers or freezer-proof resealable bags (be sure to squeeze out the air) and place in the freezer. Just defrost and bring it to room temperature before serving.

The recipe:

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, water, orange juice, dried cherries and brown sugar. (I use my favorite All-Clad Stainless 4-Quart Saucepan for this job. It’s a workhorse in my kitchen.)

Dried Cherry & Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving

Set the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the cranberries pop, stirring frequently. Transfer to a bowl and cool completely.

Dried Cherry & Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving

Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Other Thanksgiving side dish recipes:

Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving
Cookin’ Canuck’s Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios, Cranberries & Pistachios
Cookin’ Canuck’s Creamy & Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes
Around My Family Table’s One-Pot Spicy Chicken Sausage Dressing {Gluten-Free}
Marin Mama Cooks’ Kale Salad with Brussels Sprouts & Toasted Almonds
Fake Food Free’s Sourdough Stuffing with Artichokes & Sundried Tomatoes

Dried Cherry & Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe
 
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Makes 2¼ cups
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup + 3 tbsp (packed) brown sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, water, orange juice, dried cherries and brown sugar.
  2. Set the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the cranberries pop, stirring frequently. Transfer to a bowl and cool completely.
  3. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.
Notes
Calories 49.8g / Total Fat 0g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 3.8mg / Total Carbohydrates 14.4g / Fiber 1.0g / Sugars 11.8g / Protein 0.3g / WW (Old Points) 1 / WW (Points+) 2
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tablespoons Calories: 49.8 cal Fat: Total Fat 0g

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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 11, 2013 at 6:02 am

Love the addition of cherries in this!! So good and easy.

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thanks, Liz. I was surprised at how much I liked the dried cherries in this.

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3 Tieghan November 11, 2013 at 6:46 am

This looks so good, Dara! I bet the cherries add awesome flavor. I would totally eat this with a spoon! :)

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 11, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thanks, Tieghan. We have been doing exactly that!

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5 bridget {bake at 350} November 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

Love, love, love the idea of adding dried cherries!!! Genius!

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thanks, Bridget! I’m convinced that we’ll be adding dried cherries every Thanksgiving.

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7 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes November 11, 2013 at 8:11 am

What a great flavor combination. I may have to add this to my menu.

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thanks, Barbara! I hope you have a chance to try it.

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9 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain November 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

Um, you are a genius! Never would have thought to add the cherries!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

Thank you, Lauren! I was lucky that I had dried cherries sitting in the pantry. They practically begged to be thrown in with the cranberries.

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11 Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen November 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

Love, love, love the addition of the cherries, Dara! Homemade cranberry sauce is the best!!

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12 Liz November 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

Love this recipe. Thank you, Darrah.

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13 Kirsten November 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Dara,
I get dried Michigan cherries by the . . . . ‘large volume’ load and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate them. This sounds terrific! Thanks!

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14 Shawn @ I Wash You Dry November 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Stunning!! I’m definitely pinning this little gem! :)

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15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I love the dried cherry addition to your pretty sauce!

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16 Sommer@ASP November 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

The is one gorgeous cranberry sauce! The cherries are a wonderful surprise.

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17 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I would totally eat this by the spoonful too! What a great-looking sauce. I can also imagine it going double duty as a spread or jam substitute :)

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18 Megan {Country Cleaver} November 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I’ve been on a mission or challenge against myself to leave the Dark Side of the Canned Cranberry sauce. I am finally coming around – and the addition of the cherries has totally got me SOLD on this recipe Dara!

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19 david November 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Made this tonight for a Thanksgiving potluck on Sunday – really good. Added some grated orange peel having used a fresh orange for the juice.

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20 Nutmeg Nanny November 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

Thanks for this recipe :) I bet this tastes really amazing!!

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21 Andrea Campbell November 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Just finished making it. I added a little more sugar and a touch of cinnamon because I like that in cranberry sauce. I’m anxious to taste it after it’s been in the frig all night.
Thanks for the idea with the cherries!

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22 Joe November 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Just cooked this today, it was surprisingly easy, I think my only critique would be it was slightly too tart. Only dired cherries I could find were labeled ‘Dried Sour Cherries’ in the bulk section of the local Whole Foods store, maybe that ‘sour’ is why. Other than that I’ll be making this again, I’ve already added it to my recipe binder! Thanks!

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