This walnut cranberry sauce is easy, delicious, and perfect for Thanksgiving dining and for gifting teachers, co-workers or friends.
A Slight Tweak to a Southern Living Cranberry Sauce
This walnut cranberry sauce is adapted from a Southern Living recipe from 2000. The recipe is fab; I just made one major tweak. I use pineapple juice instead of pinot or balsamic. Why? Mainly because balsamic has to be really high quality to add to (rather than detract from) the flavor of a dish. Since a bottle of good balsamic can be $20 or more, I tried pineapple juice. I liked it even better and use it every time I make this cranberry sauce.
Although I used to use walnuts in the sauce (per the older photos), I tried toasted pecans and prefer them. This is personal preference, so absolutely use your favorite of the two nuts. You can’t go wrong either way.
Fabulous Walnut Cranberry Sauce Is Easy to Make Ahead
Making this cranberry sauce ahead couldn’t be easier. It takes less than 10 minutes to make. I make several batches a week or two before Thanksgiving and keep them in the fridge until ready to enjoy with a meal or give away as gifts. Folks love getting this sauce as a gift, as they can use it for their holiday turkey or other meals.
How to Give Walnut Cranberry Sauce as a Gift
One recipe will fill one 12 ounce Ball jar. The photo of mine wrapped with a ribbon is one batch, and it fills the jar just to the top. You could divide this into smaller jars as well. Either way, it makes a fabulous and much appreciated gift for the holidays.
If you make this, please let me hear how you like it. Your turkey and dressing will go over the top with this on the side~promise!! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
- 1 (16-ounce) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
- 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (or pecans), toasted
- 1 tablespoon pineapple juice (unsweetened)
- Combine all ingredients (except nuts) in a saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring often, just until thoroughly heated.
- Remove from heat; stir in nuts.
- Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve with turkey, pork tenderloin, or ham.
Amount Per Serving Calories 122 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 5mg Carbohydrates 19g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 14g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 1g