Versatile Cranberry Sauce Versatile Cranberry Sauce Advocate file photoLooking for a colorful snack to serve at parties or maybe on weekend afternoons when you're relaxing after a day spent shopping or baking? Try Fresh Cranberry Salsa, at left, or Versatile Cranberry Sauce.. southern living Dec. 20, 2012 Comments ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE Versatile Cranberry Sauce Makes about 3 cups. Recipe is from Southern Living magazine. Serve as a substitute for jellied cranberry sauce or as an appetizer with crackers or cream cheese or as an accompaniment to meat or poultry. 1 (12-oz.) bag fresh cranberries 1½ cups sugar 1 cup fresh orange juice 2 celery ribs, finely chopped 1 cup golden raisins 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped 1 tbl. grated orange rind 1 tsp. minced fresh mint 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger 1 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped 8 ozs. cream cheese, optional for serving as appetizer Crackers for serving as appetizer 1. Combine cranberries, sugar and orange juice in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 2. Remove from heat; add chopped celery, raisins, apple and orange rind and ginger. Chill overnight. 3. When ready to serve, toss in the toasted nuts.