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Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Clove

Cranberries contain lots of pectin, which is released in cooking. When sugar is added, the tart juices thicken and give the sauce body.

  • yield: Makes 2 cups




  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Cook's Note

Refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

The spices in this tangy sauce also go well with ham. Make a double batch and freeze half for Christmas.


  1. Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, water, ginger, and cloves to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have burst and sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Everyday Food, November 2011



Reviews (1)

  • MaryDGinHP 1 Dec, 2013

    Closest in flavor to the stuff in a can but bland.