This gorgeous, delicious cranberry pear sauce is sure to be a hit this holiday season! It is super quick and easy to make and does not include any refined sugar (perfect for those of us trying to maintain a reasonable calorie intake this holiday). Instead, it gets its sweetness naturally from ripe pears and a touch of real maple syrup. Once you try this recipe, you’ll never look at store-bought cranberry sauce the same.
This is sure to become a family favorite and be requested time and time again. It pairs perfectly with turkey. Think beyond Thanksgiving and use this sauce on turkey burgers and turkey tacos. Seriously, you won’t regret giving this sauce a try.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes, plus 15-20 minutes to cool
Cranberry Pear Sauce with Rosemary and Ginger Ingredients
12 oz. fresh cranberries
2 medium ripe pears, peeled and diced
2 t. fresh ginger, peeled and grated 3 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely diced
3 T. real maple syrup
¾ c. water
Sea salt, to taste
Cranberry Pear Sauce with Rosemary and Ginger Directions
Add cranberries, pear, ginger, rosemary leaves, maple syrup, and water to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to boil and the cranberries burst open approximately 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for another 5-10 minutes. While cooking, mash the cranberries and pears with a wooden spoon. Season with a pinch of sea salt and stir to combine.
Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool for 15-20 minutes before checking the consistency. Add a little water if the sauce is too thick. Taste and add more maple syrup for a sweeter sauce, if desired.
Optional: For a smoother sauce, blend one-half of the cranberry mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth. Stir puree back into the remaining sauce before serving.
Serve immediately or chill before serving. Enjoy!