Cherry Cranberry Sauce for Ham or Pork
Need a tasty sauce for springtime ham or pork tenderloin? This ready-in-a-flash nutritious sauce is even great with beef, poultry and seafood. Cherries are one of the top superfoods, providing antioxidants called anthocyanins, which ensure heart health and ease arthritis pain, and quercetin, a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory compound. Cranberries also contain natural compounds beneficial to your heart, mouth, stomach, urinary tract and bones.
Makes 2½ cups (10 servings, about ¼ cup sauce per serving)
1 can (14.5-16 ounces) unsweetened tart cherries
½-1 cup light cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup dried tart cherries
⅔ cup dried cranberries
1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
1. Drain cherries and reserve juice.
2. Add cranberry juice to reserved cherry juice, making 1½ cups total.
3. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch into ¼ cup juice mixture.
4. Add cornstarch-juice mixture to small saucepan along with drained cherries, brown sugar and dried fruits.
5. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in mustard.
Nutrition information (per serving)
0 g protein
20 g carbohydrates
0g saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
30 mg sodium
12 mg calcium
1145 IU vitamin A
7 mg vitamin C
Kim Galeaz is a registered dietitian and owner of Galeaz Food & Nutrition Communications based in Indianapolis and Jacksonville, Fla. As a culinary-nutrition consultant, writer and spokesperson for the food, beverage and agriculture industry, Kim is passionate about blending great taste with good health in all her culinary creations.