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Cranberries Two Ways

Be glad we only did two this year and not THREE (like last year). Yes, we love cranberry sauce that much.

Cranberry Sauce two Ways

You see, Robin (lil’ sis), likes the canned stuff. Yes, the jellied cranberry sauce straight from the can. Which, you can hereby come and collect my foodie credentials if I ever serve such a substance at our Thanksgiving table. Nope. So instead of shelling out the $1.67 (or whatever) to buy a can for her, I decided we need to make HOMEMADE canned cranberry sauce.

Agave Grapefruit Cranberry Sauce

For those interested, we used the recipe I *thought* I used last year for the jellied stuff, this one here. After one bite, however, we quickly realized it must have been a different recipe, since the sauce last year was flavorful and soft, far superior in flavor and texture to the canned stuff. This year it could have passed for Jell-O. Flavorless Jell-O. Thank goodness we made two kinds, otherwise we would have been very disappointed. Next year we’ll surely try a different recipe for the homemade canned version. I shall prevail!

Me, on the other hand, I like my cranberries chunky. With pizazz. And jellied cranberry sauce just would not do, even the chunky canned stuff. So we bought three bags of cranberries (yes, the checker in the grocery store looked at me a bit oddly, probably thinking this chick must REALLY like cranberries). Why yes, yes I do. Thank you for asking. We bought three bags of cranberries and made two different kinds of cranberry sauce.

My chunky sauce was a huge success. And considering I didn’t really have a recipe (mmm, agave? that would be good with cranberries, right? glop, glop, glop…) I am very proud of my special sauce. Slightly sweet (but not too sweet), with just a hint of tang from the grapefruit, it may just be my favorite part of this years’ Thanksgiving meal.

Grapefruit Agave Cranberry Sauce

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

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1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1/2 a grapefruit)
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


Bring all ingredients to boil in heavy medium saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until most of cranberries have burst, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer sauce to medium bowl. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Keep refrigerated.

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  1. I’m a whole cranberry sauce fiend, but your pictured jellied version is really turning me on. Where’s the recipe????

  2. FYI, and for anyone else curious, I found an amazing recipe for jellied cranberry sauce. It was a hit at thanksgiving this year!

    I think the key is that the only added ingredient to the basic cranberry sauce is one chopped up apple–the pectin binds everything together (just like in jelly), and you end up with delicious, molded apple cran sauce

  3. Very interesting! YUM! I too made cranberry sauce. It was amazing. However, I #1 failed to get a photo, and #2 have no idea what I did, because basically I began to follow another blogger’s recipe, and it was.not.good, so I totally changed it up, did a 180, and ended up with something great. But… not sure how I can recreat it! haha… it did have an entire bottle of brandy in it. :D (Don’t worry, it was a small bottle)

  4. You are just too talented! The cranberry sauce looks delish!
    Everyone at work loved your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies today. Yum-yum-yummy! :)
    Glad you had a very nice Thanksgiving with your sis! Hi Robin! :)

  5. no way, grapefruit and agave??? i just posted a recipe for my cranberry sauce on my blog, but it looks more like the non-jelly version you have pictured here. chunky cranberry sauce is the best. mmmm. glad yours turned out way better than the canned stuff!

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