Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

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.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

‘scuse the crappy kitchen lighting, y’all. :)

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.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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 Recipe

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)

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Enjoy!

      

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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