TMc’s Cranberry Cherry Sauce

This is a fruity, tangy sauce that wants to hang out with your poultry or pork.

TMc's Cranberry Cherry Sauce
 
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While this sauce is delicious with poultry of all kinds, it really comes into its own as an accompaniment for DMc's Smoked Boneless Pork Loin or a nice ham. Although, it's mighty fine on a nice roll with some turkey, mayo, and lettuce...
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 Cups
Ingredients
  • 2 (two) 12-oz Bags Fresh Cranberries
  • 1-1/2 C Dried Cherries
  • 1 C White Sugar
  • 1 C Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 C Orange Juice
  • 1 C Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
  • 2 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 2 TBSP Ginger Liqueur
Instructions
  1. Put sugar, syrup, juices, and spices into a 4-quart or larger pot (deeper if you hate getting popped by hot liquid)
  2. Over medium heat, cook and stir until sugar is dissolved
  3. Add dried cherries, cook for 5 minutes
  4. Add rinsed cranberries, cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the cranberries have mostly "popped" and are starting to soften
  5. Turn heat down to low, add liqueur, stir
  6. Cook on low for 10-15 minutes more, stirring occasionally
  7. Cool and refrigerate - this is best if you can make it a day before for the flavors to gel overnight
Notes
~This freezes very well - particularly in smaller servings - I use 5-oz disposable cups with lids, load 4 ounces into each, then put those into a gallon freezer bag for storage.
~If you don't have a ginger-based liqueur (I use King's Ginger), I would probably use either an orange or raspberry liqueur, or maybe just some plain brandy.