Cranberry Apple Saute Recipe
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Cranberry Apple Saute Recipe

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My husband came up with this recipe by adding cranberries to fried green apples. We thought the colors were perfect for the holidays, and the flavor went well with our Christmas ham.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • 4 medium unpeeled tart apples, thickly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries


  1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 15-17 minutes or until the apples are tender and the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Apple Saute in Quick Cooking January/February 2005, p35

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"This recipe reminds me of the cranberry apple side in the frozen dinners of old. It's a nice holiday side for those who don't care for the traditional cranberry sauce/dish. I favorite we make frequently."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"I used this recipe to replace traditional cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving meal. It was excellent! I substituted honey for the sugar to make for a healthier dish. The only apples I had on hand were Macoun. Since I used a sweeter apple, I would cut down on the honey as the apple juice made the dish extremely sweet already."

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