Red Hot Cranberry Sauce

Sooo, in another life I was a special education teacher and boy did I love it.  Then babies arrived and I decided to be a stay at home mommy for awhile.  While I was a teacher one of the Adapted Physical Education teachers gave me this recipe for cranberry sauce (hi Karen!).

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Cranberries and Red hots?  Huh?  But it totally works and its sooo good.


Combine the cranberries and red hots in a medium saucepan,


add some sugar and cook over medium heat until the cranberries start to burst.  About 10 minutes.


It will be thick and jam like.


Add in a can of drained mandarin oranges.  And thats it!  Another Thanksgiving side simplified!


Red Hot Cranberry Sauce
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Red Hot Cranberry Sauce
Serves: 10
  • 1 12 oz bag cranberry sauce
  • 5 0.9 oz boxes of red hots or about half of a 9 oz bag
  • ⅓-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained well
  1. Place the cranberries, red hots, and sugar in a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the sauce is thick and jam like. Note on the sugar: I used ½ a cup of sugar and the cranberry sauce was very sweet.  If you want it less sweet, lean more toward ⅓ of a cup of sugar.
  2. Add in the drained oranges.
  3. Eat!

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