Instead of traditional sauce, I like to make a fruity hybrid for thanksgiving with about 75% apples and 25% cranberries. It's a little more like a compote or chunky chutney. The natural sweetness of the apples and dried cranberries mean you can use a lot less added sugar.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cranberry juice, cranberries and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes.2.
Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have softened and apples are tender, about 5 minutes.3.
Remove 3 ounces of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Slowly add the cornstarch-juice mixture to the cranberry mixture, stirring constantly. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.4.
Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.