Cranberry Sauce

Mark me down as another one of those who, for many years, was only familiar with the can-shaped jelly known to so many as cranberry sauce.  Do not count me, though, as one who liked it.  I thought it was a little revolting.  This stuff is more my style.  A very basic recipe with few ingredients makes a pretty great sauce – still thick enough to be jelly-like, but not so much that it molds to its container.  Definitely more on the tart side but with just enough sugar and citrus to balance out the berries.  I’m pretty excited about tasting it with my turkey, and also hoping for leftovers to stir into my yogurt for breakfast afterward 🙂

I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving prep is coming along nicely and things are going according to plan.  So far I’m still on schedule and feeling pretty calm about the whole thing.  This is where all that advance planning pays off!  It actually just feels surreal that there is a turkey in my fridge and the brine is ready to go.  Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

Cranberry Sauce
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¾ cup water
1 small orange, zested and juiced
2/3 cup sugar, plus more to taste
12-16 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries

Combine the water, orange zest and juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the cranberries and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower the heat and let simmer uncovered, about 15 minutes, until the cranberries have popped and the sauce is thickened.  Remove from heat and let cool completely.  Sauce will thicken as it cools.  Store in the refrigerator and let come to room temperature before serving.

Source: adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

33 Responses

  1. Yummy! I was hoping you’d post this one in time for Thanksgiving. I will make it this afternoon. Happy Thanksgiving, Annie!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. i agree! i used to think cranberry sauce was disgusting because i had only tried canned, homemade can actually be delicious!

  4. I do love cranberry sauce. Our recipe has a whole grated orange in it and it’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  5. That’s basically the same recipe I use from SmittenKitchen. I made it yesterday and it is soo good. It’s even good on ice-cream or in oatmeal. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  6. This cranberry sauce looks awesome! I add some crushed pineapple to mine… it gives it a unique flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This looks YUMMY! I don’t mind the whole berry stuff in a can, but fresh is ALWAYS better. Thanks for the recipes the last few weeks. A few of them are going to be on the table. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Mmmm . . .I love cranberry sauce! Annie, be sure to try cranberry relish sometime, it’s mostly just orange zest and cranberries – my brother has a fantasic one he makes every year…I can’t wait!

  9. I never liked cranberry sauce either, until I started making it myself! Try juicing the orange you took the zest from and using that in place of water and adding in a little freshly grated ginger. Amazing!

  10. cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of the thanksgiving meal! yum! yours looks beautiful!

  11. Looks amazing! I love cran sauce.

  12. Thank you for posting this! I can’t stand canned cranberry sauce, and I’ve never had homemade- I’m making this right now and can’t wait to try it 🙂

  13. This is my first year making cranberry sauce and I made this one from Paula Deen yesterday. SO GOOD. I had to quickly put it away because I kept picking at it!

  14. This looks awesome! I just made cranberry sauce for the first time recently. I threw in some fresh ginger and orange rind and it was really refreshing, so easy to make, and way better than the canned stuff. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. This is very similar to a Tyler Florence recipe I make. The only difference is you add a cinnamon stick – gives it a nice warmth!

  16. I love cranberry sauce! I recently paired my leftovers with a wedge of brie and some pecans, baked it off and enjoyed it on some crackers – delish!

  17. This is a beautiful cranberry sauce, Annie, and an easy recipe to go along with it! I must admit to actually LIKING the canned junk as a kid, but as an adult I’m trying to wean off of it and “class up” my taste for cranberry sauce, haha. Thanks for sharing this. I think I might try it with a pork tenderloin sometime. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  18. I hated the canned cranberry crap, so when I was old enough to reach the stove my mom gave me the job of making the homeade cranberry sauce. It’s SOOO easy and equaly yummy. I’ve started adding a little diced jalepeno to it for a little kick.

  19. This is pretty similar to the one I make, but I also add a cinnamon stick or two. I also like it in yogurt, or on a bagel, with or without cream cheese – YUM!

  20. Annie,
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to hear how yours goes.

  21. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Thank you so much for being an inspiration. I have really enjoyed your website and all your amazing photos just make me want to cook all the time!!

  22. I really enjoy reading your blog — I just nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award!

  23. Yet another of your wonderful creations. Just made this for Thanksgiving tomorrow and it tastes great! My friends and I are very thankful for your recipes. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. I’ve still never made my own cranberry sauce. I must try this recipe. Your photo is beautiful!

  25. Thanks Annie for this amazing recipe. I’ll give it a try this weekend. I used to cook something similar but with raspberries.

  26. love your blog-you’re ecoming my go-to for parties! First time making this sauce, and it was so so good-and so simple! The orange really shone through.

  27. My brother actually found and made this sauce all on his own yesterday for our Thanksgiving meal and it was fantastic! Thanks so much, Annie!

  28. one of the best parts of the Thanksgiving meal for me!

  29. mmm looks great. Take a look on my blog, you have got a award

  30. I do my sauce quite similarly – so yummy, right? Used the leftovers to make scones today (I posted about it but this isn’t meant to advertise – though they are quite delish). Saw an idea to make filled bundt cakes with cranberry sauce too, have to try that!

  31. I am going to use this recipe for my Christmas dinner. I have always used the canned sauce. How long will this stay fresh in my fridge once I put it into a jar.

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