Cranberry Sauce with Vanilla and White Port

November 7, 2009

Author Notes: Though this recipe contains just a few ingredients the caramalized sugar, the salt and the alcohol in the port all help to amplify the flavor of this sauce.Sebastian

Makes: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 12 ounces cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/2 cup white port
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds using a teaspoon. Reserve seeds and pod.
  2. Make a caramel by placing the sugar and water in a medium sauspan and bringing it to a soft boil. To avoid crystalization brush down sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush and don’t stir the mixture. Continue to boil until mixture turns a light golden brown.
  3. Turn down the heat to low and add cranberries to the mixture, use a wooden spoon to coat the berries with the caramel. And cover for a minute to avoid spattering
  4. Turn heat to medium and add salt, vanilla seeds, vanilla pod and port. Stir the mixture for about 10 minutes until the texture of jam.
  5. Transfer sauce to a bowl and let rest for 30 minutes before serving or let cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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Meaney C. November 27, 2009
This was delightfully sweet with a warm; caramelized vanilla flavor. We served it with our Thanksgiving turkey and enjoyed the last of it on toasted Panettone for breakfast.