Roasted Cranberry Sauce with grapes has just the right amount of sweetness for your holiday meal. A slightly sweet but tart cranberry dish that will compliment any meal. You don’t have to wait for the holidays for this awesome combination.
Cranberry sauce is a must for a dinner that has rich food. Thanksgiving, Christmas or any meal where you might have some decadent sides like potatoes au gratin or corn pudding, really need something a little tart to round things out. We love cranberry sauce and even though we have our favorite orange flavored sauce, we don’t mind trying something new.
This is a tart Thanksgiving cranberry recipe that gets its sweetness from sugar and grapes. While it does have sugar, not so much that it feels like a dessert. I love the flavor of roasted grapes with fresh cranberries and it’s so easy to make.
What will you need
- Red seedless grapes – if they are large, cut them in half before adding to the pan.
- Fresh/frozen cranberries – a 12 ounce bag which is about 3 cups.
- Sugar – cranberries are sour, but the grapes add some sweetness so you don’t need as much.
- Fresh thyme – this makes it a little savory.
- Lemon zest – this adds a little zing.
Easy steps for making a roasted cranberry sauce
Step 1: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Otherwise the sugar will start to smoke as the fruit roasts and it will be a mess to clean up.
Step 2: Toss all the ingredients together and place on the prepared sheet.
Step 3: Bake for about 20 minutes until the grapes have started to shrivel and the berries have burst, stir half way through.
The best part about any relish or sauce you make is that it’s actually better if prepared a day ahead of time. One less thing to worry about while you’re preparing the rest of the meal. If you’re looking for a sweeter version, then try cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier and Walnuts or one with Port and figs.
Whichever you choose, Thanksgiving and Christmas are not complete without some version. All three of these variations are super easy to make and the perfect addition for your feast.
If you’re ready to branch out and try something new this year, try making a batch of this delicious and easy side dish.
FAQ’s for an easy Thanksgiving side
Freeze fresh cranberries in an airtight bag or container and make this side dish any time of the year.
Small red grapes work the best. If the grapes are large, cut them in half before adding to the baking pan.
Yes, if you don’t line the pan with parchment or foil, the sugar will burn on the pan and smoke up the kitchen and it will be a mess to clean up. (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything)
The flavors are even better if this is made the day before serving.
What goes with cranberry sauce
- Steak marsala
- Brisket topped with mac and cheese
- Chicken piccata
- Chicken meatballs
- Coq au vin
- Hot browns
- Chicken with lemons and shallots
- Slow cooker carnitas
Roasted Cranberry Sauce
- 1 lb seedless red grapes
- 3 cups fresh/frozen cranberries 12 ounce bag
- ¾ cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons lemn zest 1 lemon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 425º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients together. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Stir half way through.
- Let cool before serving.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- You can use fresh or frozen cranberries.
- If the grapes are large, slice in half or they will take longer to roast then the cranberries.
- Make sure you line the baking sheet.
- This is even better the next day.
- You can freeze in an airtight container.
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