Cranberry Sauce with Caramelized Onions is the best of both worlds — a lightly sweet, deeply savory, full-bodied sauce that complements turkey or any roasted meat. It’s easy, with only 5 ingredients.
The arrival of the first bags of fresh cranberries into grocery stores is cause for a celebration at my house. We can’t get enough of all things cranberry, including…
- Spiced cranberry sauce 
- Fresh cranberry-ginger relish  (uncooked and zippy!)
- Cranberry Rosemary Pine Nut Shortbread Cookies  (omg you must try these!)
- A cranberry mimosa  that uses leftover cranberry sauce!
Today I have a new cranberry sauce recipe for you. It is a deeply flavored sweet-sour-savory cranberry sauce, rich with caramelized red onions, tangy with balsamic vinegar, and just sweet enough with brown sugar. You’re going to put it on everything, I promise.
How to make Cranberry Sauce with Caramelized Onions
As always, first gather your ingredients. That way you know you have everything you need.
Cut the onions. It’s going to look like a ton of onions. Don’t worry, it is exactly the right amount.
Add the onions to a nonstick skillet. I just bought this light-colored skillet…how fun is that? This way I can easily see the color of things in the pan.
They’re about halfway done.
Onions are ready, after 15-20 minutes of cooking in the skillet.
Add the other ingredients to the skillet and stir to combine.
Simmer for another 15 minutes until everything pops and bubbles nicely.
The sauce will thicken up a bit as it cooks and then cools.
Spoon some into a serving bowl and refrigerate for a couple of hours, until chilled.
Or store it in a jar in the refrigerator if you make it ahead of time. Yes, I did spell it “caramelizd” on the label because I ran out of room!
What to use Cranberry Sauce with Caramelized Onions on
–Roast turkey, chicken, duck, pork, or beef.
–Appetizer toasts with brie and a dollop of this sauce on top!
–Dolloped on a pizza crust, along with leftover steak pieces, a finely diced cooked potato, mozzarella cheese and arugula on top. Bake it at 475F for 13 minutes and voila! It’s a sort of impromptu steak and potatoes pizza (or use up what’s in the fridge pizza)!
Let’s go! There’s no time like the present to make Cranberry Sauce with Caramelized Onions!
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Other Shockingly Delicious cranberry sauces for you to try
Best Ever Cranberry Sauce  (my most-requested)
Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish  (a finalist in the Sunset Magazine Thanksgiving contest in 2005!)
Hatch Chile Cranberry Sauce  (just a little zip, not too hot)
Vanilla-Orange Cranberry Sauce  (Dreamsicle, anyone?)
Take a look at more recipes from my food blogger friends, for our celebration of Cranberry Week ⇓
Monday Cranberry Recipes
- Blue Cheese Cranberry Ball  by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Braised Red Cabbage with Cranberries & Maple  by Savory Moments
- Cranberry BBQ Chicken Sandwiches  by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Cranberry Sauce with Caramelized Onions by ME! YOU ARE HERE!
- Cranberry Scones  by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Creamy Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken  by Sweet Beginnings
- Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs  by Our Crafty Mom
- Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider  by Palatable Pastime
- Spicy Cranberry Soup  by Magical Ingredients
- White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies  by House of Nash Eats
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