This gingery, pear-studded cranberry sauce is simply amazing.

Chef John
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine cranberries, diced pear, orange juice, sugar, water, candied ginger, orange zest, star anise, cinnamon stick, garam masala, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

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  • Remove cinnamon stick and star anise. Chill until ready to serve.

Here's how to make mulled wine out of ingredients left over from making this recipe:

Stir together pear peel and core, squeezed orange halves, ginger peel, star anise, and cinnamon stick with 1 (750 ml) bottle Merlot, 3 cups apple juice, 1/2 cup honey, and 1/4 cup brandy in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours. Remove solids with a slotted spoon. Serve warm. Makes about 2 quarts.

Nutrition Facts

172 calories; 0.2 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 79 mg sodium. 44.1 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2013
Scale back on the sugar and it's spectacular! Next time I'll start with 1/2 cup and add more to taste. You get sweetness from the orange juice as well as the pear so a full cup isn't really necessary. I had to add an additional cup of cranberries to balance it out. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2015
Good crazy enough. But i would need to share it I could only eat a few tbsp. Very rich in taste. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2013
Scale back on the sugar and it's spectacular! Next time I'll start with 1/2 cup and add more to taste. You get sweetness from the orange juice as well as the pear so a full cup isn't really necessary. I had to add an additional cup of cranberries to balance it out. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2013
Scale back on the sugar and it's spectacular! Next time I'll start with 1/2 cup and add more to taste. You get sweetness from the orange juice as well as the pear so a full cup isn't really necessary. I had to add an additional cup of cranberries to balance it out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2014
I roughly followed this recipe and it was amazing. I've never been particularly fond of the tartness of cranberries so I used an equal amount of pears instead of just one and anise and the spice blend were a little out of hand for me so I just substituted other spice blends (nutmeg allspice) to taste. It turned out a dark dark red but so sweet and delicious. We ate in on toast for months and it kept fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2014
This cranberry dish is so so delicious. I made it for Thanksgiving and then for Christmas. And then as a spread for bread or ANYTHING! Next I am going to make it and can it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2014
3/4 cup of sugar is more than enough. Made fresh garam masala using the recipe "Easy garam masala" (here on Allrepcipe). It was soooo yummie mingling the aromas of the freshly ground spices! The biggest difficulty is not to eat it all at once. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2014
Very tasty. I used several slices of fresh ginger since that's what I had and I only had half a cup of orange juice so added more water to make up for the difference. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2015
Good crazy enough. But i would need to share it I could only eat a few tbsp. Very rich in taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2017
This sauce is delicious! I can see where some people are suggesting cutting down on the amount of sugar - it is sweet but I rather like it that way since it has the additional ginger and spice flavor. I love the combination of pears and cranberries. I had to sub fresh ginger for candied and since I forgot to pick up star anise I subbed about a 1/4 tsp. of Chinese 5-Spice powder which is heavy on the anise flavor. Worked out great! Use a decent garam masala - some of those bottled grocery store ones are awful. The Easy Garam Masala recipe from this site is good in a pinch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2015
Nice sauce. Worked well with both turkey and ham. sweet and tart to complement and enhance the savory taste of the meat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2018
This was simple and delicious. I will be making it again soon. YUMMY!! Read More