My cranberry sauce failures -- undercooked, overjelled -- are the stuff of legend in my family. I admit that the molded cranberry sauce I watched slide down the sink drain as I inverted it onto a platter shook my confidence for a while, but it didn't defeat me. I've tried many versions of cranberry over the years, including spicy dried cranberry and pear chutney, my personal favorite. With several Type 1 diabetics in the family, I wanted to create a sugar-free cranberry sauce they could enjoy, and this one was a hit on our holiday table last Thanksgiving. Prepared in the slow cooker, with just a few ingredients (and no blurping splatters all over the stove), it's so good that nobody will believe it's also sugar-free. Make this several days ahead and store in the refrigerator; let it come to room temperature before you serve.
Sugar-free slow cooker cranberry sauce
Makes 2 cups (enough for 10-12 servings, or lots of turkey sandwiches).
2 12-oz bags fresh cranberries
3/4 cup powdered Splenda
1 cup apple cider or pure apple juice (no sugar added)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Zest of 1 orange
Place all ingredients in a 3- or 4-quart slow cooker, and stir together. Cook on LOW for 5 hours.
Note: if you'd like the cranberry sauce more jellied, sprinkle in one package of plain gelatin, or half a package of sugar-free raspberry jell-o, during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Dried cranberry and pear chutney
Warm salad of kamut, cranberries and feta
Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds, and yogurt dressing
Roasted winter squash with cranberries, pepitas and honey-lime vinaigrette
Vegan quinoa salad with roasted sweet potato, apples, dried cranberries and pine nuts
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Trina's low-sugar fresh cranberry salsa with cilantro, lime, and jalapeno, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Chipotle cumin cranberry sauce, from What We're Eating
Cranberry apple sauce with fresh ginger, from Pinch My Salt
Spicy cranberry sauce with Pinot Noir, from Simply Recipes
Red wine cranberry sauce, from Alexandra's Kitchen
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