Cranberry (Apple) Sauce

So, I have made it very clear that I LOVE sweet things. I am really quite a healthy eater, but when it comes to sweets I literally lose all most concern for healthiness. I mean, I could live on carrot sticks and lettuce if it meant I got to eat an entire chocolate cake every night  🙂 Anyways…I’ve been learning that I can sometimes enjoy sweet things that aren’t exactly desserts.

Tonight, I am going to a friend’s house for a pre-thanksgiving dinner and I will be bringing cranberry-apple sauce, green bean casserole and pumpkin cheesecake. I wanted to share this recipe for cranberry-apple sauce because it is very simple, fairly healthy and most importantly…delicious.

All you need is:

12 oz fresh cranberries (these are so easy to find right now since cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition)

Granny Smith apples (3-6 of these…depending on how many people you’re feeding!)

1 lemon

1/4 grapefruit (+ juice)

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup stevia + 1/2 cup sugar)

~1/4 cup dried cranberries

~1/4 cup dried cherries

 

There are very few things in cooking that I hate doing more than I hate peeling apples. The reasons are as follows: 1) it is so tedious, 2) I always feel like I waste a lot of the apple, 3) I usually cut myself and 4) I like apple peel :(. Anyways…I sacrificed and I peeled the apples for this recipe because a lot of people don’t like it. You probably don’t have to if you’re really grumpy about it like me…I think it will taste good with the peel!

 

Cut ’em up real good! As you can see, I only used 3 because this is just a side dish for ~5-6 people.

 

And now most of the hard labor is finished for this recipe! Now, apples tend to brown soo fast, so I used 1/4 of the lemon and poured the juice over these to keep them fresh for a few minutes.

Just pour the  water, sugar, cranberries, apples and pulp of the lemon in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil.

 

 

Let it boil for a few minutes.

I kept reading cranberry sauce recipes that talked about cooking the cranberries until you hear “cranberries bursting”…I wasn’t sure what this meant. Once it boils, you’ll start to see them splitting apart and the juices will run. It’s beautiful 🙂

 

After a few minutes, bring it to a simmer and let it simmer for ~10 minutes.

 

 

Now, I added ~1/4 grapefruit + juice to add a little extra tang.

 

 

When it thickens to applesauce consistency, remove from heat and add dried cranberries and cherries.

 

Yum! You can eat it with a spoon, you can put it on crackers, do whatever you want. But enjoy.

Oh…one thing I hate more than peeling apples…chopping raw sweet potatoes. Definitely worse.

 

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