This is a wonderful variation on traditional cranberry sauce for your holiday dinners. It's very easy to make, and my family insists upon it every Thanksgiving and more! It is also a great base for a glaze on your Holiday Ham. For a summer cranberry salad, simply add sliced strawberries, mango, oranges, pineapple, or whatever strikes your fancy!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, ground cloves, and cinnamon sticks together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and cool.

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  • Stir the pomegranate seeds into the cranberry mixture, and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove the cinnamon sticks before serving.

Nutrition Facts

48.5 calories; 0.2 g protein; 12.5 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
This year I subbed POM juice for the OJ took out the cloves & pomegranate seeds and added a chopped mango. In my 2nd batch I did the same but used a small can of manderin oranges instead of mango. yum! Sorry this didn't work out for you Rachel. Yes the poms are an acquired taste I've been eating them for over 30 years....it's only now that they are getting popular. This recipe is MEANT to be quite spicy & crunchy....so you made it correctly. As per your suggestion to make it moe "palatable" for your desired taste removing the poms/spices etc. what you find is the original recipe found on the back of just about any bag of fresh cranberries. Maybe you can start from there then create something more to your liking.:) Use your imagination! That's where most fun recipes come from..."basic" guidelines plus your own "special touch". 11/6/10 A friend of mine just emailed me and gave me her version of my basic recipe! I haven't tried it yet but I will! She substituted lt. brown sugar for the white sugar and 1 cup of peeled fresh FIGS sliced in place of the poms. I just made a batch of this sauce for dinner tonight and tried it with apple cider in place of the OJ and 1 cup of chopped apples and pears. Oh my! Delish! This is basically a "do what you want to it" type of recipe. As long as the sugar and liquid stay the same as far as amts. it keeps it's consistancy. I would LOVE to hear how anyone else changes this up. Cooking is ALL about creativity and new ideas! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2007
I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and I'm sorry to say it wasn't very well received. The basic cranberry sauce is great but the spices were too much. My husband and I tasted it right after cooking and it was fine so perhaps I left the cinnamon sticks in too long? (It was about 24 hours total to serving time.) But the next day it was definitely different and it tasted like the cloves were too strong. I wanted to try using pomegranates in a cranberry sauce and this was the only recipe I found but they didn't add much in the end because the cranberry/clove taste was too strong. (Plus everyone that ate it said "Oh no what is so crunchy in here? Are you supposed to eat that?" but that's not the recipe's fault they don't know what a pomegranate is.) My suggestiong would be to skip the poms all together and cut back the spices and you've got a great sauce that I might try again. Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
This year I subbed POM juice for the OJ took out the cloves & pomegranate seeds and added a chopped mango. In my 2nd batch I did the same but used a small can of manderin oranges instead of mango. yum! Sorry this didn't work out for you Rachel. Yes the poms are an acquired taste I've been eating them for over 30 years....it's only now that they are getting popular. This recipe is MEANT to be quite spicy & crunchy....so you made it correctly. As per your suggestion to make it moe "palatable" for your desired taste removing the poms/spices etc. what you find is the original recipe found on the back of just about any bag of fresh cranberries. Maybe you can start from there then create something more to your liking.:) Use your imagination! That's where most fun recipes come from..."basic" guidelines plus your own "special touch". 11/6/10 A friend of mine just emailed me and gave me her version of my basic recipe! I haven't tried it yet but I will! She substituted lt. brown sugar for the white sugar and 1 cup of peeled fresh FIGS sliced in place of the poms. I just made a batch of this sauce for dinner tonight and tried it with apple cider in place of the OJ and 1 cup of chopped apples and pears. Oh my! Delish! This is basically a "do what you want to it" type of recipe. As long as the sugar and liquid stay the same as far as amts. it keeps it's consistancy. I would LOVE to hear how anyone else changes this up. Cooking is ALL about creativity and new ideas! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2009
Healthful choice with the added texture of pomegranate seeds is a fantastic holiday "cranberry sauce". My family raved and I've made it just because. I made the recipe just as is. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2008
The cinnamon was very overpowering but I was able to fix it with some lime juice and added lime slices to garnish (see photo) and it turned out splendidly. It was the first dish to run out at Thanksgiving - and a made a double batch! My spouse even licked the bowl clean - after the guests departed of course:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2007
Superb - There's nothing like fresh cranberry sauce. The pomegranate adds a nice touch. I also mixed in 1/4 cup Grand Manier. A true hit at the Thanksgiving Day table! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2007
I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and I'm sorry to say it wasn't very well received. The basic cranberry sauce is great but the spices were too much. My husband and I tasted it right after cooking and it was fine so perhaps I left the cinnamon sticks in too long? (It was about 24 hours total to serving time.) But the next day it was definitely different and it tasted like the cloves were too strong. I wanted to try using pomegranates in a cranberry sauce and this was the only recipe I found but they didn't add much in the end because the cranberry/clove taste was too strong. (Plus everyone that ate it said "Oh no what is so crunchy in here? Are you supposed to eat that?" but that's not the recipe's fault they don't know what a pomegranate is.) My suggestiong would be to skip the poms all together and cut back the spices and you've got a great sauce that I might try again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2007
Made this today to freeze for Xmas. Spouse and I don't eat cranberry sauce but we sure liked this. I replaced some of the orange juice with Grande Marnier. Very Good and will definately make again. Shirley Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
A favorite recipe! Sometimes I add mandrin oranges and/or a chapped apple. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2007
This cranberry sauce was delicious but several of my guests did not like the consistency of the pomegranates (maybe the one I got was not ripe enough I don't usually buy them so I was not sure how to pick one). I enjoyed it and will use the leftovers with pork & chicken in the future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2008
Made this for Christmas dinner. I'm already having to make the second batch because it's been requested for leftovers! I made the recipe exactly how it was given here and I didn't take the cinnamon sticks out for 24 hours (right before serving). The spices were not overpowering at all for us. My next batch I'm trying the Grand Marnier some have suggested. Great recipe and a great way to introduce pomegranate novices to this delicious and unique fruit as we did with our guests! Read More
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