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holiday cranberry conserve

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Liz Owen
Oklahoma City, OK

Note: What is Conserve? Conserves are made with dried or fresh fruits and nuts and are cooked. They have a very thick and chunky texture. Conserves work very well as a spread and as a condiment for meats and cheeses. This recipe works well with pork or turkey.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This cranberry conserve may not replace traditional cranberry sauce during the holidays, but it will be a great addition to the table. It's slightly sweet and tart. We loved the occasional crunch from the pecans. It's a very versatile dish. It can be used with turkey or pork as suggested. But, it would also be delicious on a piece of savory chicken, over a block of cream cheese as an appetizer or added to a meat and cheese board. Yum!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Canning/Preserving

Ingredients For holiday cranberry conserve

  • 3 c
    fresh cranberries
  • 1 c
  • 1 1/2 c
    orange juice
  • 2/3 c
    apple cider
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c
    firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp
    ground coriander
  • 1 stick
    3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 6
    fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 c
    chopped pecans - add after cooking conserve

How To Make holiday cranberry conserve

  • Cranberries cooking in a saucepan.
    In a medium heavy saucepan combine cranberries and water and cook until berries burst, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  • Adding orange juice to the saucepan.
    Add all other ingredients except pecans.
  • Mint and cinnamon stick ready to be stirred in.
    Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 25 minutes.
  • Stirring nuts into the cooked cranberries.
    Add nuts, stir to combine. Allow to cool.
  • Cranberry Conserve spooned over sliced chicken.
    Transfer to a glass bowl or jar and refrigerate, covered, for up to 2 weeks. Conserve may also be frozen in plastic food storage bags for up to 1 year. Alternatively, you can process hot mixture in sterilized jars and keep in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.