Cranberry Sauce with Pear & Pomegranate

by Marla on November 12, 2010 · 53 comments

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Thanksgiving & holiday cranberry sauce recipe for the home cook.

Please tell me you are willing to take a few minutes to make a fresh cranberry sauce. It is so worth it. Really. You can make it as sweet or tart as you want and all that is required is simmering some fruit and spices on the stove. I get it that some folks like the canned stuff. If that is part of your Thanksgiving tradition then go for it. If you want to try the real stuff, then I am here to encourage you to go for it. This sauce is bursting with fruity flavor & little pomegranate gems are sprinkled throughout.

Thanksgiving & holiday fresh cranberry sauce recipe.

I have been loving my daily virtual tours of everyones Thanksgiving feasts on the web. Each food & recipe blog I visit has a unique perspective and palate. It is a true joy to read so many vibrant posts. It makes me smile & very hungry too!

Thanksgiving & holiday cranberry sauce recipe for the home cook.

Cranberry sauce is an excellent way to highlight seasonal fruits. The last recipe I posted was a Sweet Potato, Bacon & Pomegranate Salad-the colors & flavor would add zest to any holiday meal. From cranberries, to pears, apples & citrus, the choice is yours.

My Pear Spice Cake was recently featured on PBS Parents on a post called the Virtual Thanksgiving Dessert Table. That is a sweet compilation of goodies to inspire your holiday sweet tooth.

Homemade fresh cranberry sauce for holiday turkey side dish.

From casseroles to chutneys to the turkey, the inspiration is out there for the taking. We all have no excuses but to get in our kitchens to cook up something. Even if it is as simple as this cranberry sauce you see right here.

Thanksgiving & holiday cranberry sauce recipe for the home cook.

Cranberry Sauce with Pear & Pomegranate

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 3 cups of sauce

Cranberry Sauce with Pear & Pomegranate


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen Cranberries
  • 1 Pear-cleaned, cored & diced, skin left on
  • juice from 1 Orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of ground Cinnamon
  • pinch of ground Ginger
  • Stevia Powder or your favorite Natural Sweetener to taste
  • 2 ounces Pomegranate Seeds plus extra for garnish
  • Orange Zest


  • Rinse fresh cranberries. Place cranberries, orange juice, pear, water and spices in a medium saucepan. Heat on stove top over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes. The cranberries will burst and the sauce will thicken a bit. Add more water or orange juice if you want a thinner sauce. Stir occasionally so your sauce does not burn. Add sweetener to taste and adjust spices if needed.
  • Add pomegranate seeds at the end and gently stir them into the sauce. As this sauce cools it will continue to thicken a bit. Serve topped with fresh pomegranate seeds, grated orange zest or any of the variations below.
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  • Add a handful of dried fruit or raisins while your cranberry sauce is cooking.
  • Top with some chopped toasted nuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts & walnuts would be great choices.
  • Add some chopped candied ginger at the end and sprinkle some on the top of your sauce before serving.
  • If you don’t have pear, apple pieces would be great too.
  • While cooking add a splash of bourbon for a boozy flavor boost.

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