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Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce

Sweet apples and tart cranberries come together in this mouth-watering slow cooker apple cranberry sauce. Stir into yogurt, drizzle over ice cream or serve with potato pancakes.

Latkes with Cranberry Apple Sauce - The Lemon Bowl

Growing up in a mixed-religion household, I had the good fortune of learning how to make my Papa Leo’s famous Traditional Potato Latkes while simultaneously sipping eggnog by the Christmas tree. Don’t hate.

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In a similar fashion, now that we’ve covered Mexican Hot Chocolate for your cozy fireside gatherings, it’s time for the next installment of Holiday Sizzle 2014: the Hanukkah dinner party!

Abby and Liz

My lovely and talented friend Abby has your table setting covered and I’m excited to share a twist on the classic potato latke accompaniment: Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce.

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce - The Lemon Bowl

The tart berries and crisp apples are a match made in heaven and provide the perfect balance to the creamy sour cream and crispy potato pancakes.

Potato Latkes with Apple Cranberry Sauce - The Lemon Bowl

Even if you don’t celebrate Hanukkah, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a fried potato in pancake form. You can hand-grate the potatoes and onions with a box grater or save time but pulsing them through a food processor.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Sauce - The Lemon Bowl

How to make perfect potato latkes every time

Grate the Potatoes:

Whatever you do, please do not shred the potatoes. These are not hash browns, folks. Grating both the potatoes and the onions produces the best end result and the ideal pancake consistency.

Remove Excess Liquid: 

It is imperative that you remove any excess liquid that forms while you are grating the potatoes and onions. When I’m finished with all the grating, I like to use a kitchen towel to absorb any liquid that has formed, pushing down on all of the potatoes and onions.

Salt Quickly:

Within 10 seconds from removing the potato pancakes from the oil, sprinkle them with a generous pinch of Kosher salt. Just like any fried food (think potato chips, fried chicken, etc.), you must season them within a few seconds so that the oil is still hot allowing the salt to stick to the food.

Go here if you’re looking for a great potato latke recipe.

Potato Latkes Frying

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Latkes with Cranberry Apple Sauce - The Lemon Bowl

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce

5 stars average
Sweet apples and tart cranberries come together in this mouth-watering slow cooker apple cranberry sauce. Stir into yogurt, drizzle over ice cream or serve with potato pancakes.
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 3 hrs
TOTAL: 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 4 cups

Ingredients
 

  • 4 apples (core removed roughly chopped)
  • 3 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup water

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and heat on Low for 6 hours or High for 3 hours.
  • Serve chunky as is or use an immersion blender to puree until smooth.

Notes

Can be enjoyed warm, room temperature or chilled.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 7g
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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

19 Comments

  1. Absolutely amazing! I (well I should say my 5 year old son), made this instead of our traditional cranberry sauce this past Thanksgiving. It was so easy to make and the flavors were on point. We followed the directions exactly and it wasn’t too tart or too sweet. I ended up not using the immersion blender as when it cooked down and we stirred it, we had very little chunks left and I felt it added more charm to it. I would make this over regular cranberry sauce everyday. 5 Stars!

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