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Small bowl of cooked cranberries.

Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Tasty Thanksgiving treat that is perfect with turkey.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword red wine cranberry sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 , 1/2 c. servings
Calories 231kcal
Author Joe Boyle


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lg red onion , finely chopped
  • 12 oz . cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 orange , peeled and cut into 1/4 in. cubes
  • zest of the orange
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine like merlot , syrah, zinfandel, cabernet
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice , I used Penzey's Baking spice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped , toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  • In a large skillet, on medium heat, add butter, brown sugar, onion and vinegar, cook until onion is translucent, (4 to 5 mins)
  • Remove from heat and reserve.
  • In a dutch oven or large sauce pan, place cranberries, raisins, orange, zest, wine and apple pie spice and cook on medium high for 5 or 6 minutes while occasionally stirring.
  • Add the cooked onion, salt and maple syrup and continue to cook for 10 minutes and the sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Cool then refrigerate. Keeps up to two weeks


  1. Either fresh or frozen cranberries can be used.


Calories: 231kcal