Raspberry-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce @sweetpeasaffron

This raspberry balsamic cranberry sauce is an easy and delicious twist for your Thanksgiving feast.

I know, raspberry balsamic cranberry sauce…in September?

Here’s the deal: Canadian Thanksgiving is October 13, which is about three weeks away.

In that time, I am going back to work, throwing Kai’s first birthday party, and hosting Thanksgiving.Β  So, I thought I would get the Thanksgiving recipes rolling a little sooner than normal!

And if you’re American, I am reeeally early.Β  Bookmark this one for November, it’s a keeper!

Raspberry-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce

Raspberry-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce

I take my cranberry sauce verrrry seriously.Β  It has pretty well always been my job {even before I got all ‘into’ food}, to make the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, whenever we were having a turkey.Β  I totally got off easy when I consider the amount of work it takes to cook the turkey πŸ˜‰ {By the way: the BEST EVER turkey recipe, hands down, is this one}

And about the turkey: I won’t even bother unless there is cranberry sauce involved.Β  A big scoop of that sweet, tart, gooey sauce.Β  I like my cranberry sauce with a little bit of turkey, please!

I can’t even wrap my brain around the fact that they sell cranberry sauce in a can…people must buy it, because every year, it’s back.Β  It takes about 10 minutes to make cranberry sauce.Β  I know, there’s the turkey, stuffing, sides, dessert, etc etc etc.Β  But it’s the cranberry sauce!!Β  {Tell me I’m not alone in my cranberry sauce passion, here!}

Raspberry-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce @sweetpeasaffron

Β Raspberry-Balsamic Cranberry Sauce

OK, stepping down from my crazy lady cranberry sauce rant.

I wanted to make my own cranberry sauce recipe, something a little different.Β  But not too different, I didn’t want to mess with a good thing.Β  I almost went chipotle on it, but I have done a lot of chipotle recipes this summer.

Instead I went raspberry on it. Then a little balsamic on it.Β  Both good decisions.Β  This raspberry balsamic cranberry sauce is definitely not the same as the original, but still has the tart, sweet flavors that I love so much.Β  There is a fresh raspberry twang to it, and a teeny little balsamic zing at the end.Β  Twang and zing…am I making up words here?

One Three more things: 1} it still only takes about 10 minutes to make, and 2} it is much prettier than those can-shapped wobbly things, and 3} your taste buds will think they’ve died and gone to heaven.Β  And I’m done.

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A delicious twist on the traditional cranberry sauce recipe, using fresh raspberries and a dash of raspberry balsamic vinegar.
Recipe type: sauce
Serves: 2.5 cups
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1½ cups fresh raspberries
  • 3 tsp raspberry balsamic vinegar {good quality}
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar, and bring to a boil, stirring until all sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the cranberries and raspberries and simmer for 5 or so minutes, until most of cranberries have popped.
  3. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and allow to cool before serving.
  4. Must be stored in the refrigerator.

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