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Easy Holiday Cooking: Slow Cooker Cranberry Pear Sauce

By OneHungryMama |

crock pot cranberry pear sauce

First, Julie taught us how to cook a turkey in a crock pot. Then she gave us a foolproof Slow Cooker Stuffing. Now, I’m throwing a delicious Slow Cooker Cranberry-Pear Sauce into the mix. Put all of these recipes together with my 7 Make Ahead Breakfasts for holiday mornings, and suddenly Thanksgiving is cake!

This couldn’t be easier. You put all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, let it do its thing for 4 hours and refrigerate. It’s also an easy recipe to adapt to suit your fancy. Want a strong citrus flavor? Use fresh squeezed OJ instead of pomegranate juice. Throw in apples instead of pears (you’ll get something like this a One Step Apple Cranberry Chutney). Love nutmeg? Add some! This sauce is forgiving.

The one thing you want to be deliberate about, though, is the sugar content. Thanks to a relatively low amount of sugar plus pomegranate juice, this sauce comes out pretty tart. (The way I like it!) If you prefer your cranberry sauce on the sweeter side, increase the sugar to anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup.

Crock Pot Cranberry Pear Sauce

4 c whole cranberries (about two 7-oz packages)
2 pears, peeled and diced into 1/4″ pieces
1/4 c pomegranate juice like POM
1/2 c apple cider
1 c sugar
1 cinnamon stick
6 cloves
zest of 1/2 a large orange

1. Place all of your ingredients in a crock pot. Set on High/4 Hrs.

2. Remove lid and, using a wooden spoon, stir and mash the sauce. You’re not looking to make a smooth sauce, rather pop the cranberries and break up any larger bits of pear. Pick out the cloves and cinnamon stick and refrigerate overnight. The sauce will seem a little loose, still. That’s okay; it will thicken up in the fridge overnight.

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About OneHungryMama



Stacie Billis is a Brooklyn mama of two and co-founder of ChowBaby foods and ChowMama. As a parenting-and-food writer, Stacie is combining her background in developmental psychology with her passion for food to help make the world a more delicious place for families. She was a resident food blogger on Babble, and continues to write on her personal blog, One Hungry Mama.

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7 thoughts on “Easy Holiday Cooking: Slow Cooker Cranberry Pear Sauce

  1. JulieVR says:

    Wow, this looks so up my alley! Thanks! I’m making it tomorrow!

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  3. Faye says:

    Stacie, this is exactly the recipe I’ve been looking for! Unfortunately, I don’t have a crock-pot, how can I make this the old fashioned way? Thank you Happy THanksgiving.

  4. OneHungryMama says:

    Faye, you can simply put everything in a pot, bring to a boil and, when cranberries begin to pop, reduce heat to medium and cook until sauce reaches desired consistency. Enjoy!

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  6. Scotty says:

    This recipe looks great! I am however substituting Orange Blossom Honey for the sugar. My father is diabetic, so the sugar is a no no! But he can have the honey. Hope it works out… Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  7. Monica says:

    This is delicious and so easy. It is a little clov-ey for me so I reduced the cloves from 6 to 4.

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