Grape Cranberry Sauce

Diana Yen is the cookbook author and food stylist behind The Jewels of New York. Below, she shares some nifty shortcuts to jazz up your favorite Thanksgiving recipes that not only taste delicious, but they’re easy on your wallet, too. Tune in this week for more budget-friendly dishes!


Grape Cranberry Sauce made with juicy red grapes. (Photo: Diana Yen)

Grape Cranberry Sauce
Serves 6

Traditional cranberry sauce gets an update with the addition of juicy seedless red grapes. Making cranberry sauce from scratch is easier than you might think. Simply simmer the grapes and cranberries with water, sugar and spices until the cranberries burst.

Prep: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

1 package (12 ounces) cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
¼ cup water
¾ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
pinch salt

*Ingredients totaled to $2.74. Prices based on location in Milwaukee. WI.

Place the cranberries, grapes, sugar, water, cinnamon stick and salt into a saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the cranberries burst. Serve at room temperature or cool and refrigerate. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.


Cranberry sauce made easily from scratch. (Photo: Diana Yen)

More delicious cranberry sauces to try this Thanksgiving:

Giada’s Cranberry-Pomegranate Chutney

Beyond the Sauce: How to Bake With Cranberries

Gluten-Free Cranberry Lemon Cake