This low-sugar, 21 Day Fix approved side dish is a beautiful addition to any holiday table.
How’re things? Are you ready for some Turkey day action? I know, what you’re really looking forward to is talking politics with your good ol’ Uncle Joe, right? Yep. Good times.
Speaking of, my awesome brother-in-law recently lightened the post-election mood on Facebook by starting this very serious debate – cranberry sauce: yes or no? <– This is why we love him, folks.
The answer was a resounding yes. Because OF COURSE. Cranberry sauce is a necessity! How else are we supposed to plow through that enormous Thanksgiving day dish of delight if we don’t have something deliciously tart to cut the richness? It’s a must. Plus it’s pretty, don’t forget that.
However… what is not a must is the loaded-with-an-insane-amount-of-sugar stuff. Homemade or otherwise. I’m here to tell you, I love the shaped-like-a-can cranberry sauce as much as the next gal, but it has nothing on this ridiculously easy, low-sugar version.
I was originally going to make this without the apples, just regular ol’ traditional cranberry sauce, just with less sugar. I made it. I tasted it. I even liked it… but I knew it could be better. And I’m no slouch (just kidding, I’m totally a slouch) so I got to work on perfecting it. The real and only issue I had was that it still needed a touch more sweetness, than the small amount of sugar that I wanted to use could provide. I’d love to tell you that I had an epiphany and realized that adding a sweet apple was the way to go, but what really happened is that one night I had applesauce on my plate next to the cranberry sauce that I had made and they accidentally mixed together.
Sometimes ya just get lucky like that.
So I tried making it with some sweet gala apples (any sweet apple will do) and it was SO GOOD! Something else that I really loved about it? After the apples cooked in the sauce, they were the perfect apple pie texture and completely won me over.
If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce before you’re in for a surprise. There are only two steps to making this sauce!
- Put the apples, cranberries, water and sugar in a pot.
- Cook, uncovered, giving ’em a stir every now and again until it looks like cranberry sauce. It’s kind of magical, really.
- Ok, so there’s three. But the third one is just refrigerate. That doesn’t really count does it? Once it refrigerates, it’ll get a little thicker too.
See?? It couldn’t be easier! Plus it can be made ahead so that’s a huge bonus in my book.
Hope you guys love this one and that it makes an appearance on your Thanksgiving table!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix or use #thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
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