Hot Pepper Cranberry Sauce

This wax-type chile originated in Hungary and was brought to the US in the 1930’s. Yellow chiles of several different varieties are a staple in Eastern European cuisine. These chiles can be pickled, battered and fried or used in salsas and salads.

Hungarian Wax chiles have alot of flavor without the bitter aftertaste that you can get from many of the green types of chile. Try substituting some of these in your chile recipes next time.

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1 small habanero pepper or 1 cayenne pepper, seeded and finely minced
12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt


Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. When the cranberries start to pop, the sauce is done. Cool completely and then place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The sauce will firm up to a spreadable consistency as it chills in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

* If you prefer a smooth sauce, simply place a mesh strainer over a large bowl and press the warm cooked sauce through it. I use the back of a wooden spoon or a large spatula to do this. Scrape the underside of the strainer as you do this, there will be a lot of sauce there too.