I absolutely love hot fruit salads. My mom has been making one with canned fruits and pie filling for years and I can never get enough of it. It’s definitely a standard at my parents’ house this time of year. As much as I love it, I don’t make it very often myself. It’s just one of those dishes that is synonymous with my parents and enjoying it at their house. It loses some of that luster when I make it myself.
So I decided it was high time I came up with my own hot fruit salad that could become a tradition at our house and that the kids would look forward to enjoying for years to come. A bag of cranberries became my inspiration as I put this dish together. It’s a delicious blend of sweet and tart with a mixture similar to a chunky applesauce. We all loved it!
Hot Cranberry Salad
- 2 oranges
- 2 green apples
- 1 16 oz. bag cranberries
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
- 1/4 t. allspice
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Zest one orange on a grater or micro-plane to get 1 teaspoon zest. Set aside until using. Peel the remaining oranges and separate into wedges. Cut the apples into cubes. Combine the orange wedges and apple cubes and place in the refrigerator until cooking.
Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
Cook for 10 minutes, until thickened. Slightly mash the fruit before serving. Stir in walnuts. Serve hot.