Cranberry-ordinaire Sauce

LaDesta McCann


This is great for the holidays and has been requested by my family for years. I no longer ask "ma, what do you want me to bring to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner?" I automatically know everyone wants this instead of the ol' canned stuff. Also this is very easy to double the recipe and if you have any left over, just freeze, and pull out when you pull out your left over turkey and dressing.


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8 - 12
30 Min
30 Min


  • 1 c
    water, cold
  • 1/2 c
    pineapple juice
  • 1/2 c
    fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 c
    apple cider
  • 1 c
  • 12 ounce pkg
    fresh cranberries
  • 1 large
    peeled orange, pureed
  • 1 large
    peeled apple finely diced (you don't have to peel the apple, i don't)
  • 1 large
    pear diced
  • 1 can(s)
    crushed pineapple (drained...i use this juice for above)
  • 1 c
    finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon or use one cinnamon stick while cooking (just remember to remove)
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 pkg
    (4-serving size) of sugar-free raspberry ,cherry, or cranberry flavor jell-o

How to Make Cranberry-ordinaire Sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan, boil water, pineapple, orange juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, pineapple, pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Add the apple and pear during the last 10 minutes of cooking time. Remove from heat. If you used a cinnamon stick remove at this time.
  2. Add dry gelatin mix to hot mixture; stir until well blended. Spoon into a 6-cup mold or any decorative container that is lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Unmold onto serving plate.
  4. I sometimes just pour into a large round bowl and just serve directly from this if I don’t want to get to fancy.

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About Cranberry-ordinaire Sauce

Course/Dish: Fruit Sauces
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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