Cranberry Sauce

Try this sweet, tart homemade cranberry sauce for your Christmas table. Check out the four ingredients and creative uses for leftovers, too!

Cranberry Sauce – Sweet, tart 4-ingredient cranberry sauce! Lots of creative uses for leftovers too! |

Gone are the days of grabbing a slice of cran-in-a-can (even though I loved that stuff as a kid). There’s a new holiday tradition in my life, and it’s called homemade cranberry sauce! Super easy, lightning quick, and beautiful enough for any Thanksgiving, Christmas or other festive dinner table.

Cranberry Sauce – Sweet, tart 4-ingredient cranberry sauce! Lots of creative uses for leftovers too! |

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Your essentials are only water, sugar, an orange, and a bag of fresh cranberries (find them in the fruit section of most groceries). That’s it! Plop it all in a pan together, boil, and let that beautiful mixture simmer until you’ve got a smooth, sticky homemade cranberry sauce… and all it took was 10 minutes.

Cranberry Sauce – Sweet, tart 4-ingredient cranberry sauce! Lots of creative uses for leftovers too! |

Homemade cranberry sauce is great to give as a gift, too! Friends and family love getting a little treasure that’s homemade and from the heart.

Cranberry Sauce – Sweet, tart 4-ingredient cranberry sauce! Lots of creative uses for leftovers too! |

Tart ‘n sweet cranberry sauce doesn’t stop at the spoonful, though – Why not toss a tiny bit into a glass of champagne, or spoon it over a succulent roast pork? Jazz up a plain quickbread recipe by subbing sauce for bananas/blueberries/etc., or make a cranberry cobbler for a delish dessert! Also, cranberry barbecue sauce, anyone?

Try my tasty, easy recipe, and if you’re lucky to have any leftovers, maybe some of the above ideas, too!

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Cranberry Sauce

Yield: Makes about 2 cups (4-6 servings)


1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

4 cups (1 12 oz. package) fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped

2 Tbsp. orange zest, from 1 orange


In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cranberries should be softened and the mixture should coat the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Place in a serving bowl or jar(s), cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.



9 Responses to “Cranberry Sauce”

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    Felix Lee — December 16, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    I like the idea of giving homemade cranberry sauce as gifts. I think my family and friends would appreciate it. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    Angie's Recipes — December 16, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Gorgeous homemade cranberry sauce. I really love the very last click. Yum!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — December 16, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never had homemade cranberry sauce?! (Eek!) I SO want to make this for Christmas this year.. looks so scrumptious and simple!

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    Lizzy Do — December 16, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Hubby does not like cranberries, but I’m making turkey again for Christmas Eve…I think I’ll just make a mini batch for me! Simple, lovely recipe :)

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — December 16, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    I have to admit (although I’m only a little ashamed) that as much as I love homemade cranberry sauce, the canned kind is still kind of a holiday staple for me ;) I love all of the orange zest on yours!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen — December 16, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    Simply delicious – full of Christmas flavors – perfect!
    Mary x

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    Honey — December 17, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    Yum, I love cranberry sauce, especially with turkey and mashed potatoes. It just screams Thanksgiving. I also love it marshmallow topping, I found out this year.

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    Not Quite Nigella — December 17, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    Hehe great minds think alike! I’ve got home made cranberry sauce on the menu this year too! :D

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 17, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    I love adding orange zest to my cranberry sauce – it adds such a vibrant tone to it!

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