Chef Tony Baker’s Cranberry Fennel Sauce

It’s cranberry season - aka - one of the best times of the year!  I like to make all kinds of cranberry sauces around November, not only to enjoy on Thanksgiving but on any day of the week! I love to make a big batch and keep it in the fridge to top everything from chicken to pork, and it even goes well on steak.

This fennel version it so tasty, adding a nice licorice flavor to the sauce that I love!  Everyone does Thanksgiving differently - some do the same thing year after year and some get wild and mix it up! Growing up, we pretty much had the same thing every year, but now that I help cook more, I absolutely love trying out new recipes!  There is always a green or two, a potato dish, a sweet potato dish, stuffing, turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce, but the versions of each change!  Last year we had scalloped potatoes instead of mashed and this year I think Cranberry Fennel Sauce has got to make an appearance! Switching up classic dishes a little is so fun and holidays are the best time to do it.


2 bulbs fennel, diced

1 12 ounce bag of cranberries

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/4 cups orange juice

Zest of 1 orange 

2 tablespoons of ginger, freshly grated

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 cup green onion


  1. In a small pan, add the Fennel, ginger and olive oil, cook at a low temperature until the Fennel is slightly translucent about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cranberries, orange juice, zest and sugar.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.
  4. Remove from heat and cool for 4 hours.
  5. Add chopped Green Onions.
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Kelsey Preciado
Little Bits of Real Food and Real TalkKelsey loves to share her journey to find balance in health and how learning a bit more about food can make a drastic difference in your daily life. She believes that we can get through this crazy life, one Brussels sprout at a time, and of course cheers to it with some wine on Friday night!
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