The Best Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe

This homemade Apple Cranberry Sauce Recipe is EASY and the addition of apples makes it a little sweeter than the traditional relish. Our unique recipe can be made a couple days ahead of time and will quickly become your new family favorite!

You will not believe the ingredient that makes this Sweet and Savory Cranberry-Apple Sauce the best you've ever had. And it can be made 2 days ahead!

I love how the beautiful ruby red color of homemade cranberry sauce sparkles. And every year I have tried a new recipe, trying to get the perfect balance of flavors. This year, with this Cranberry Apple Sauce, “by Jove, I think I’ve got it!”

The sweetness of the apples counteracts the tartness of the cranberries. The apples also give the sauce a lovely smooth consistency.

You will not believe the ingredient that makes this Sweet and Savory Cranberry-Apple Sauce the best you've ever had. And it can be made 2 days ahead!

The Gr8-est thing about homemade cranberry sauce is it is one of the dishes you can make up to 3 days in advance. Try this at your next holiday dinner with our Turkey on the Grill.

What Can You Serve with Cranberry Apple Sauce?

Cranberry Sauce is traditionally served as part of a turkey dinner at the holidays. But since this recipe is more like a fruit relish, it is also more versatile. Serve this with:

You will not believe the ingredients…try this, your family is sure to love it!

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Cranberry-Apple Sauce

This Apple Cranberry Sauce is a little sweet and a little savory for the perfect balance of flavors! And it's easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cranberry Sauce
Author: Anna


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion – about 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup port wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped (about 1 cup of chopped apple)
  • 1 12- ounce bag fresh cranberries


  • Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sugar, 1/2 cup water, port wine, ground ginger, apples and cranberries. Stir to combine well.
  • Liquid should come just to the top of the fruit. Add more if necessary. The water should not come up over the fruit. Press gently on the top of the fruit and if there is a little give, then you have enough water.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 12-14 minutes at a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Berries should all be popped and apples softened.
  • Purée about one-half of the mixture using an immersion blender or regular blender. (Purée more if your family prefers less chunky.)
  • Combine the chunky mixture and the puréed mixture.
  • Cool in pan for about an hour.
  • Put in a decorative serving bowl, cover tightly and refrigerate. (If you place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the mixture a skin will not form.)


Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:
This Cranberry-Apple Sauce can be made up to three days ahead of time and refrigerated, covered, as in Step 11.
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