Cranberry sauce with Zinfandel, Star Anise and Black pepper

READY IN: 45mins
Top Review by rosslare

So decadent and unusual. I halved the wine and it still was rather runny up to until 45 minutes cooking. Great flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a non-reactive saucepan, combine the cranberries, wine, balsamic, cinnamon sticks and anise pods.
  2. If you’re unsure about how sweet the sauce will be, begin with 1/2 cup sugar.
  3. The rest may be added later to taste.
  4. Use a tea ball or cheesecloth bag to hold the peppercons and cloves.
  5. Add to the pot.
  6. Bring the berries to boiling then reduce to medium-low.
  7. The cranberries will cook completely in 20-30 minutes, bursting and turning deep red.
  8. In the last few minutes of cooking, taste for sugar and stir in more as desired.
  9. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  10. Remove the spices sticks, pods and the peppercorns.
  11. Add more wine for a more pronounced Zinfandel taste if desired and adjust the sugar.
  12. Store in a clean jar and it will last indefinitely refrigerated.

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