This is a slightly unusual and awesomely delicious condiment for the center of your holiday table. It contains ghost pepper hot sauce for a special kick.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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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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  • Place diced mango into a saucepan and stir in lemon zest, orange zest, and ginger. Pour in lemon and orange juice and mix in cinnamon stick, star anise pod, garam masala, and salt. Pour in water and sugar; stir until sugar has dissolved.

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  • Place saucepan over medium heat, bring just to a simmer, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until mango has softened and flavors blend, about 15 minutes.

  • Pour cranberries into sauce, raise heat to medium, and cook until cranberries pop and begin to break down, about 10 minutes. Mash any unpopped berries.

  • Turn off heat and drizzle 2 or 3 drops of ghost pepper hot sauce. Let cranberry sauce cool to room temperature and transfer to a serving bowl. Remove cinnamon stick and star anise pod before serving.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 46.8g 15% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 20.8mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2014
I am adding this to my Thanksgiving menu. I chose Chef John's cranberry recipe over others because of the complexity of flavors he uses with the mangos and spices. I agree with adding hot sauce at the end and the amount of sugar he uses. I will update my review after I make it but if you want something more sophisticated give this a try. I plan to make it the day before. I would definitely make it again. It was perfect with the entire meal with the right amount of sweet tart hot and complex blend of flavors. I used Tabasco brand habanero sauce because habanero pairs perfect with fruit. You can make this two days ahead. A little goes a long way we have tons left over and I am going to make crostini and top with goat cheese and the cranberry sauce as an appetizer tonight. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/24/2018
Did not like this at all. The anise dominated the flavor. Orange peel being among the top 5 foods most people are allergic to of which I m one skipped the zest although I doubt would have made much difference. This is the first recipe that failed to Titillate my palette. Sorry John. Read More
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2014
I am adding this to my Thanksgiving menu. I chose Chef John's cranberry recipe over others because of the complexity of flavors he uses with the mangos and spices. I agree with adding hot sauce at the end and the amount of sugar he uses. I will update my review after I make it but if you want something more sophisticated give this a try. I plan to make it the day before. I would definitely make it again. It was perfect with the entire meal with the right amount of sweet tart hot and complex blend of flavors. I used Tabasco brand habanero sauce because habanero pairs perfect with fruit. You can make this two days ahead. A little goes a long way we have tons left over and I am going to make crostini and top with goat cheese and the cranberry sauce as an appetizer tonight. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2014
Chef John has never failed me yet so I am confidently giving this 5 stars and making it the day before Thanksgiving (right now as I write this as a matter of fact:-). Will update my review after my family and guests have a chance to taste this intriguing cranberry sauce. As per Chef John's video's recommendation I kept hunting until I found 'the ghost' - didn't find the brand he used but did find Born to Hula - Ghost of Ancho just this morning (whew!!!). Well back to the kitchen I go!!!!! --- Okay - it's the day after Thanksgiving and votes are in. It was unanimous - family and guests raved about the cranberry sauce. It is officially now a STAPLE at our family Thanksgiving table from now on. SUGGESTION: Give yourself plenty of time to find THE GHOST hot sauce. i found the brand Chef John used (Dave's Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia Hot Sauce) online and will make sure to have it handy the next time I make this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2018
Made this for Thanksgiving with chef John's roast Turkey. Absolutely delicious! Everyone loved it and raved over its delightful flavors. 10 out of 10! I couldn't find ghost pepper sauce so used habenero hot sauce instead had to add more drops to get that after spice flavor but found it to work perfectly. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2015
This was easy and tasty. Unfortunately I couldn't find any mango so I just put in some mango flavored candy which melted. I did candied ginger instead of regular but will change next time for a little more bite. Might also add a little more vinegar to cut the sweetness. My family also thought the garam masala made it taste too Indian (we eat a lot of Indian food) so I may use coriander or something else next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2017
I've been making this recipe for a couple of years now since I found it on Food Wishes. This is the best cranberry sauce ever and accompanies the sweet potato with pistachio casserole just perfectly. My family craves it every thanksgiving. Chef John rocks. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2017
The best cranberry sauce ever! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2018
I've been making this exact recipe every Thanksgiving for about 4 years now. I grew up on canned cranberry sauce so when I decided to try to make my own; I instantly fell in love. This is a must for those who like to eat their turkey with cranberry sauce. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2017
The flavor was great! There was just too much of it for me but my SIL loved it! I will make it again but I will dial it back a bit. I will use less citrus zest and ginger while keeping the other ingredients the same. I did not use the hot sauce or the salt. I'm not sure I would like them in this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2017
Made this for Thanksgiving dinner. Turned out great. Followed the recipe as written. It had the right amount of sugar for our taste. We liked the flavor nuances from the garam masala and star anise. I couldn't find the ghost pepper hot sauce anywhere and it was too late to order it on line. I used a few dashes of tabasco to add a bit of zing. This was excellent. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/24/2018
Did not like this at all. The anise dominated the flavor. Orange peel being among the top 5 foods most people are allergic to of which I m one skipped the zest although I doubt would have made much difference. This is the first recipe that failed to Titillate my palette. Sorry John. Read More