Step up your Thanksgiving side dish: Cranberry ginger sauce

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV) The produce department at your local grocery store is fully stocked with fresh cranberries for the holiday season. This superfood is also found in the freezer aisle all year-round.  Fresh or frozen, this cranberry ginger sauce recipe is sure to add a little zest to your next holiday gathering.

Cranberry Ginger Sauce

Makes one quart


2 12 oz. bags of cranberries

1 1/4 cup Spartan sugar

2 Granny Smith apples, medium sized and diced

2 T ginger root, grated
1 c red wine
1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed

3 T Spartan apple cider vinegar
1 T orange zest, plus extra for garnish
1 T Spartan Fresh Selection walnuts, chopped and toasted


In a medium sauce pan, bring the cranberries, apples, ginger root, red wine, orange juice, apple cider vinegar and sugar to a boil.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Simmer the sauce over medium heat for 10 minutes or until it thickens.

Serve the cranberry sauce warm or chilled.  Garnish with toasted chopped Spartan Fresh Selection walnuts and a sprinkle of orange zest for a little crunch and color.


Cranberry ginger sauce is easy to make and can be made in advance to help you save time this holiday season.  This recipe can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for one to three days or be frozen for later use.

This sauce tastes great and will make a colorful addition to your table.  Cranberries are only 45 calories per cup and provide high amounts of fiber and vitamin C.