Introducing our delicious Cranberry Red Wine Sauce, perfect for adding a festive touch to your holiday gatherings. Made from traditional Christmas spices, this sauce goes wonderfully with roast turkey, chicken or even a vegetarian roast. Let the flavors develop by storing them in the refrigerator for up to a week before your special event. The combination of tart cranberries and the richness of red wine creates a delicious balance that will impress your guests. Whether it’s Christmas dinner or a holiday feast, our cranberry red wine sauce is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
- 400 ml red wine
- 100g powdered sugar
- 2 cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 500g fresh or frozen cranberries
- Place wine, sugar, cloves, star anise and cinnamon stick in a large, shallow pan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the liquid has reduced by half.
- Add the cranberries to the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until they burst and begin to look jammy.
- Set the cranberry mixture aside to cool.
- You can freeze the sauce or put it in a jar and store it in the fridge for up to a week.
Equipment and tools
- wooden spoon
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- Jar or container for storage
This cranberry red wine sauce recipe does not contain common allergens such as nuts, dairy, or gluten. However, always double-check the labels of the ingredients you use to make sure they are free of potential allergens.
Storage and leftovers
To store cranberry red wine sauce, allow it to cool completely before transferring to a sterilized jar or airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. If you have leftovers, you can freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Be sure to label the container with the date.
Health Benefits of Cranberry and Red Wine Sauce
Combining cranberries and red wine in a sauce not only provides an explosion of flavor, but also offers several health benefits. This delicious sauce is not only a delicious accompaniment to your favorite dishes, but also a nutritional powerhouse.
Rich in antioxidants
Cranberries are known for their high antioxidant content and when combined with red wine, the antioxidant content is boosted. Antioxidants help protect our bodies from cell damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants such as: Drinks such as cranberry and red wine sauce can support overall health and reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.
Red wine is often associated with positive effects on heart health due to its high levels of resveratrol – a polyphenol found in grape skins. Resveratrol has been shown to contribute to a healthy heart by promoting good cholesterol levels, reducing inflammation and preventing blood clots from forming. By incorporating cranberry and red wine sauce into your diet, you may be able to support your cardiovascular health.
Urinary tract health
Cranberries have long been celebrated for their potential to support urinary tract health. They contain compounds known as proanthocyanidins, which help prevent certain bacteria, such as E. coli, from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Adding cranberry and red wine sauce as an aromatic condiment can be a tasty way to promote urinary tract health.
Cranberries are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that can support a strong immune system. They are particularly rich in vitamin C, which is known for its immune-boosting properties. Including this delicious sauce in your meals can help boost your immune system, especially during cold and flu season.
Easy to prepare
Making cranberry red wine sauce is a simple process. With just a few ingredients, including red wine, powdered sugar, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, and fresh or frozen cranberries, you can whip up a flavorful, nutrient-dense sauce in no time. This sauce can be a versatile addition to various dishes, be it roasted meats, desserts, or even spread on sandwiches.