Rating: 4.71 stars
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This is the perfect thing to make and volunteer to bring to your family Thanksgiving gathering when you want to look like you made an effort! The maple syrup sweetens it perfectly and the walnuts make the texture so much more interesting.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 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 cranberries into a large saucepan and stir in orange juice, maple syrup, sugar, port wine, ginger, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and salt.

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  • Bring sauce to a simmer. Berries will begin to pop. Cook at a simmer until berries are cooked through and soft, about 10 minutes.

  • Remove saucepan from heat and let cranberry sauce cool for about 5 minutes.

  • Shake walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, cooking until golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Wipe away any small particles of walnut skin from skillet to avoid bitterness. Stir walnuts into cranberry sauce. Let cool to room temperature and transfer to a serving bowl; sauce will thicken as it cools. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, pushing wrap to touch sauce and refrigerate until needed. Sauce can be made several days ahead.

Cook's Note:

This is the greatest cheesecake topping of all time. It's also awesome on ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; protein 2.6g; carbohydrates 29.9g; fat 9.7g; sodium 23mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (30)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2013
This is not your typical cranberry sauce - it was easy to make and absolutely delicious. I brought the cranberry sauce to a Thanksgiving Dinner and everyone loved it; even someone who doesn't usually like cranberry sauce at all. I won't wait till Thanksgiving to make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/30/2019
I'll try making it again but definitely leave out the maple syrup (yes I did use real syrup.) Read More
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2013
This is not your typical cranberry sauce - it was easy to make and absolutely delicious. I brought the cranberry sauce to a Thanksgiving Dinner and everyone loved it; even someone who doesn't usually like cranberry sauce at all. I won't wait till Thanksgiving to make this again. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2014
Yes and it is fantastic! As a non-cook I found the recipe easy to follow and it didn't call for too many ingredients. Bravo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2015
Thank you Chef John this was well accepted in my home. I normally make the basic one on the site with just oj and sugar. I liked the texture of the added walnuts. I followed the recipe but subbed a sweet red Reisling for the port wine as it was what I had. I accidentally forgot the orange zest and it was still fine. I wasn't sure how I would like the ginger so I just did about 1/2 tsp of ginger paste from a tube. I also didn't bother with the toasting of the walnuts. It is very rare that un-shelled nuts don't come already slightly roasted today. I look forward to seeing how well the leftovers hold up. Interesting recipe on basic cranberry sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2014
awesome recipe!! made it last year and today. Yum!! I also added fresh chopped pineapple Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2015
definitely the best cranberry sauce I have ever had. unique flavors. absolutely beautiful color. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2017
WOW. Not a fan of sweet cranberry sauce. This was a perfect combination of sweet and tart. The little zing of ginger was a nice surprise. Made a cheesecake for Thanksgiving just to try this as a topping. Double WOW Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2018
My husband's reaction "It tastes like Christmas!" That pretty much sums it up. It's sweet and crunchy and wonderful. But if I make it again I'll cut the ginger to a tsp. and leave out the grated orange peel or just add a dash those flavors overpowered the others and it tasted a lot like orange marmalade. I will make it again with those changes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2019
Delicious easy and the fresh smells carried throughout the house. The fresh ginger and orange zest added great flavor and smell. The only modifications I made were about half the sugar because I did not have fresh squeezed o.j. and I used a red blend instead of port wine. The walnuts were great but my family doesn't love them as much as I do so next year I will had a half cup and chop them finer. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2020
I loved this, it turned out so yummy, though I will cut back just a little bit on the orange zest next time, was a bit strong for my taste. But I definitely found a new go-to cranberry sauce recipe, that port wine in there was just mmmm, super delicious. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/30/2019
I'll try making it again but definitely leave out the maple syrup (yes I did use real syrup.) Read More