Hot Cherry Sauce Recipe
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Hot Cherry Sauce Recipe

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This sweet-tart cherry sauce with a hint of cloves is just delightful. I use it with ham, but it also works beautifully as a dessert sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 to 2 drops red food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 86 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Drain cherries, reserving juice; set cherries aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cloves; whisk in reserved cherry juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cherries and food coloring if desired. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Hot Cherry Sauce in Country Woman Christmas 2006 , p51

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mhkeakremk3 User ID: 1856657 140673
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"I always add lemon juice to this sauce. The added tartness helps bring out the cherry flavor."

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