Slow Cooked Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is definitely one of my favorite things to eat at Thanksgiving. 

Several years ago, while on a personal mission to eat healthier, I developed this recipe to have a homemade, lower calorie cranberry sauce.  This recipe is done in the slow cooker and I opt to substitute Spiced Rum for a portion of the water.  What goes better with Spiced Rum than lime!  Cranberries pair very well with lime and it is an unexpected twist on the traditional orange zest that most use. 

I like it so much that I make a several batches this time of year and store some in the freezer.  It is great on yogurt and oatmeal ( or add to your post-workout shake!).    I’ve included a cocktail recipe using Slow Cooked Spiked Cranberry Sauce (cool way to use leftover cranberry sauce…if you have any). 




Gypsy World Spice Cafe Recipe – Slow Cooked Spiked Cranberry Sauce

2 12-ounce bags of fresh Cranberries

2 cups Splenda

1/2 cup Spiced Rum

1/2 cup water

2 cinnamon sticks

grated zest of 2 limes

  1. Rinse cranberries and pick out the stems.
  2. Add cranberries, Splenda, spiced rum, water, cinnamon sticks to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on High for 2 hours (or on low for 4 hours). 
  4. Stir in the lime zest.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Transfer to an air tight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Blogger’s Comments:   You can also opt to use 1 cup water and skip the spiced rum.  On the flip side, you can opt to use 1 cup spiced rum and skip the water. 




Gypsy World Spice Cafe Recipe – Spiced Crantini

Great way to use up the leftover cranberry sauce during the holiday season!  Great for parties!

Yield – 2 Martini’s

2 oz Light Cranberry Juice

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Spiced Rum

1 tablespoon of Slow Cooked Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Juice from 1/2 Lime

  • Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  • Give a good shake.
  • Pour into two martini glasses and garnish with a lime.
Zesty Tomato Ketchup

Recipe – Zesty Tomato Ketchup

We all buy it … But, do you know what is in the bottled ketchup that you buy at the store?    Sugar, Corn Syrup, Preservatives and Way Too Much Salt… 

You can easily make your own with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen pantry.    Not only do you save money, you know the quality of what you are getting….

I have been wanting to make my own ketchup for a while…     After an incredibly busy day, I sought the calmness of my kitchen to settle my thoughts… Here’s what resulted…  I love it and hope that you do too….

Gypsy World Spice Cafe Recipe – Zesty Tomato Ketchup

Yield:  Two 14 oz bottles (or plastic containers)

30 oz of canned tomato sauce ( two 15-oz cans)

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground sumac (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Over low heat, simmer until you get the ketchup consistency that you prefer (about 30 minutes)
  3. Pour into containers and refrigerate.

Blogger’s Comment:   Tasted so good that I almost wanted to break diet to have a french fry – just to dip it…. ha ha