Pear and Cranberry Sauce with Orange Liqueur

Cranberry sauce with a decidedly Latin-vibe, this Pear and Cranberry Sauce with Orange Liqueur gets a spicy kick from ancho chile powder and cinnamon. Fresh pears, added after the cranberry sauce is finished, give it a fresh, light taste and texture that perfectly complements the rich foods on your Thanksgiving/holiday table!

A white and grey speckled ceramic bowl with Pear and Cranberry Sauce with Orange Liqueur, a mint sprig, and a grey napkin.

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – Mexican-American Fusion

It’s a little bit Mexican (ancho chile powder, triple sec, and cinnamon), and a little bit American (pears, cranberries, oranges). However, you’ll find some crossover in this fusion cranberry sauce recipe. Pomegranates are very typical in Mexican cuisine. I use them in my tequila poached pears, my Mexican-inspired pomegranate glazed winter vegetables, and my glorious Mexican holiday trifle.

Oranges and pomegranates came to Mexico with the Spanish conquerors. They are well-incorporated into their cuisine. Ingredients like cranberries and pears, however, are 100% American. Mexico gets 90% of its pears from the US.

I love a sweet and spicy flavor profile with just a hint of acidity. This fresh cranberry and pear sauce delivers! It’ll cut right through the rich Thanksgiving stuffing, mashed potatoes, and sweet potato casserole. Read on… You need this on your holiday table!

IMPORTANT NOTE: I started with Martha Stewarts Classic Cranberry Sauce, and made it my own!

📋 Ingredients Notes

Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.

  • fresh cranberries – If you’re one to freeze a couple of bags of fresh cranberries (like I am!), they’re fine in this recipe. No canned cranberries please!
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ancho chile powder – You can substitute New Mexico red chile powder or guajillo chile powder, but DO NOT USE “CHILI POWDER!” It’s a spice blend that contains things like cumin, garlic, and salt. YUCK.
  • zest from one orange and one lime
  • orange liqueur – I use triple sec. Why you ask? It’s pretty inexpensive. When I’m cooking with it, it’s an affordable and decent option. It also works in margaritas!
  • fresh pear(s) – Choose the best looking pears. Red anjou are my favorite, but if I’m making my cranberry sauce tomorrow, I want smooth, firm but yielding pears that will be ripe but not soft.
  • sea salt
Ingredients for the pear and cranberry sauce: Fresh cranberries, orange, cinnamon, ancho chile powder, fresh pears, triple sec, sugar

🔪 Instructions

Fresh cranberries, triple sec, ancho, cinnamon in a small saucepan before cooking.
The cooked cranberries alongside the prepared fresh pears, lime and orange zest before folding into the sauce.
The cranberry sauce with the pears and zest added in a saucepan.
  1. Cook the cranberries – In a saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, orange liqueur, cinnamon, ancho chile powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and mixture thickens slightly, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. (Sauce will thicken more as it cools.)
  2. Prep the remaining ingredients – Remove the stem and pear core; cut into 1/2″ dice. Zest the lime and orange.
  3. Finish the pear and cranberry sauce – Fold in the zest(s), and pear. Allow it to cool completely. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.
A close up of pear and cranberry sauce with orange liqueur in a white ceramic bowl with grey napkin and silver serving spoon.

💭 Tips

How long can I store my pear and cranberry sauce? Up to 1 week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Can I use frozen cranberries? YES! I often grab a couple of bags in the produce section and pop them directly into the freezer so that I don’t have to look for them. If you wait until a few days before a holiday, they may not be available.

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🍷 Pairing Suggestions

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A healthy, globally inspired menu perfect for the holidays!

While this menu is for “Thanksgiving,” it makes a lovely menu for Christmas as well! Swap out the turkey for Cornish game hens if you want to change it up a bit!

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes. Healthyish Latin cuisine.

📖 Recipe

A white bowl of pear and cranberry sauce with orange liqueur and a silver serving spoon.

Spicy Pear and Cranberry Sauce with Orange Liqueur

With a hint of ancho and cinnamon, this fresh pear and cranberry sauce with orange liqueur has a bit of a Latin-vibe…
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 64 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces cranberries - fresh or frozen
  • cup triple sec - or similar orange liqueur
  • cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pear
  • zest of 1 small orange
  • zest of 1 small lime

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, orange liqueur, cinnamon, ancho chile powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries burst and mixture thickens slightly, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. (Sauce will thicken more as it cools.)
  • Remove the stem and pear core; cut into 1/2" dice. Zest the lime and orange.
  • Fold in the zest(s), and pear. Allow it to cool completely. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 64kcal

NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and MyFitnessPal.com. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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