Fiery Cranberry Sauce

Are you filled with joy when you hear the squishy sound of the jellied cranberry sauce oozing its way out of the can and then seeing all the ridges?  Or are you a victim of the canned whole berry sauce? 

It’s the endless thing here, some insist upon the whole berry and for others, only the sauce will do.  I have to please them all and end up serving both varieties as I can’t imagine the turmoil if I didn’t.

However; the fact is, the essential cranberry dish is the simplest of Thanksgiving dishes to prepare.  I like to spike them with some heat, so I fused the traditional cranberry sauce with hot jalapeno jelly, crushed red pepper flakes and a couple of cinnamon sticks.  It’s easy and delicious!  And then, the next day ~ topping off my turkey sandwich with a little of this fiery cranberry sauce.  Ummmm!  Good!

Harvesting cranberries

Fiery Cranberry Sauce


1 bag cranberries
1 cup water
½ cup brown sugar (I use Splenda)
¼ cup hot pepper jelly
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Place cranberries in colander and rinse.
Bring water and sugar to a boil in saucepan.
Add cranberries and return to a boil.
Add remaining ingredients.
Reduce heat to low.
When cranberries pop remove from heat immediately.
Remove cinnamon sticks
Let cool.

So do you go for the canned or are you a fresh cranberry person?

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  1. I'm going to combine your recipe with that of Life's Ambrosia. Perfect timing!

  2. Oh wow. Awesome!
    I'm making Pioneer Woman's Nantucket Cranberry Pie this year, along with Pumpkin. Have you seen that on her site? It looks delish.
    Can I just move into your pantry? You must have every ingredient known to man. I'd be willing to eat out of a dog bowl....really!
    All your recipes are to die for!

  3. This sounds amazing. That picture of the harvesting is something else! Diane

  4. I prefer whole berry. To me there is just something terrible about slices of that jelly from a can. I like that you added some spice to yours.

  5. I love anything with pepper jelly in it! Great twist on a traditional dish!

  6. I make my own cranberry sauce with the addition of apples. My mother always bought the canned stuff and I didn't like it.
    I love the spicy addition of hot pepper jelly to yours-sounds delicious! Have a great day

  7. It's definitely fresh cranberries for me! I make a cranberry-jalapeno relish that packs quite a punch, but this sauce looks awesome and I may just make this, instead! Thanks!

  8. When our daughters were little I always had to have the jellied sauce but I've always preferred whole berry. Now that they're adults I made fresh cranberry sauce with dried cherries for a bit of sweetness.

    I love the sound of the 'heat' in your recipe. I know the men would love it here.

  9. I love freshly made whole cranberry sauce. Since I'm a pre-diabetic, I came up with an almost sugar-free version.

  10. This is another awesome recipe I just made some myself wished I saw this one we would love it, guess I will just have to try this next time...bought two turkeys so hopefully next month!

  11. My son in law would love the heat in this! great idea.

  12. Cranberry sauce is yum. I like the fiery twist here. :)
    Have a great day. Michael

  13. Spicy cranberry sauce sounds really good. I love turkey sandwiches the next day and would love some of your cranberry sauce on top.

    I like the whole cranberries or the fresh berries.

  14. I just made my first homemade Thanksgiving cranberry sauce today and I added chipotle for some heat too. I'm not really a cranberry sauce fan, but I do like it when it's spicy!

    Great recipe!

  15. That image of the harvest is amazing

  16. This sounds delicious! You have the most amazing recipes! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!


  17. Fresh! I went fresh about ten years ago and there's no going back. I've been doing a cranberry pear relish, but this year I'm trying cranberry fig. The recipe is from "Prevention" and it looks yummy. Thinking of doing a cranberry souffle for dessert. Have bags of fresh cranberries in the crisper and will soon be stocking the freezer.

  18. This sauce will sure heat up the Thanksgiving table.

  19. We usually use canned jellied-although we talked about doing homemade this year...
    Yours sounds delish! Love pepper jelly!

  20. What a great idea on kicking up cranberry sauce. I love fiery foods...this sounds perfect!

  21. I like both - the ridges and the whole berry type. I REALLY LOVE the idea of adding that jalapeno jelly!!!! What a fantastic idea! I promise I will try this year!

  22. StephenC, great! That should be good with the orange juice and zest! Let me know!

    Corgidogmama, yes, I saw PW's pie recipe and it sounds like a winner. I have a lot of things in the pantry but you'll never find cilantro and cumin here! Sure but you'd have to bring the dog bowl as I have cat bowls. ;)

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, thanks. I thought the harvesting pic was pretty good.

    Bo, I agree with the canned stuff but I'd be in big trouble if I didn't have it for others here.

    Linda, thanks! Pepper jelly is a good thing!

    Lynda, my mom used to make it with apples also. Yum!

    Marguerite, your relish sounds good and I know your Cajun Thanksgiving dinner will be awesome!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, that sounds good also with the dried cherries, perfect combo!

    Judy, I saw yours and it looks good with the juice concentrate, better than so much sugar!

    Pegasuslegend, I know yours has to be good also. Way to go with the 2 turkeys. We did also.

    laurie, good! Thanks for the visit.

    Michael Toa, thanks! A little heat always helps.

    Raina, me too. I almost like the turkey leftover in sandwiches better. Sauce on them is sooo good.

    Mags, I so agree, it makes a completely different taste.

    Alessandra, thank you!

    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes, thanks! Here's wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Buttercup, yum!!! The souffle sounds delicious and so does the cranberry fig. I would've never thought of combining those 2 but it has to be really good!

    Katerina, it will. Have a good day!

    Holly, thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Jenn, thanks! Fiery dishes are yummy!

  23. Design Wine and Dine, good! Hope you like it. I like cranberries about any way! Happy Thanksgiving wishes your way!

  24. I love fresh cranberry sauce! I've seen a few recipes that use hot peppers in with the cranberries, and I am sure that the heat would add a wonderful depth to them!

  25. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Pam. There is so much to thankful for. Your saucxe will be the jewel on the table.

  26. Wow...that's a nice twist to an old favorite!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  27. Pam, this is really a fabulous idea. I'm using it. WHEN are you going to write a book?

    Wishing you and yours a very gracious and happy Holiday. It warms my heart to have you in my mix of cyber friends. I am thankful for your acquaintence. Have a BLAST! Keri

  28. I also like to make my own sauce; never thought of adding peppers to it; will try this for sure.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  29. I love your spicy adaptation of one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving! I'm such a cranberry sauce girl! I like to dip my rolls into it :-) Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving!

  30. I would pass on the canned, but love freshly made, especially the smooth one. Love your idea for spicing it up!

  31. I like both! However I have to doctor them up a bit. I can remember my parents just popping open a can of jellied cranberry sauce and slicing it up. That always cracked me up seeing the ridges. I'm easily entertained!

    I gave you an award today!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  32. Actually I'm not a cranberry person at all, but from looking at this recipe, I think I can convert. This would be excellent as a condiment for a turkey sandwich. Wow.

  33. I didnt enjoy cranberry sauce as a kid and I am not sure if it was because mine had those pretty rims from the can or if I just didnt enjoy the taste, but I love it now. I like it done up every way! Cant wait to try it this way!


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