Cranberry sauce is a nice side dish with most meats at Christmastime. Even though it is a traditional “Thanksgiving” side dish, I really like to make it also at Thanksgiving. The flavor and texture of cranberry sauce tastes fantastic with ham, turkey and chicken!
Cranberry Apple Cake (recipe coming this week!)
Why I love this recipe:
1. It’s all homemade.
2. You can make it 1-2 days ahead of your party.
3. The flavor and texture is a little different than standard sauce – I like that.
4. Super simple.
- 12 ounce fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
- 1/2 cup sugar (up to 1 cup for sweeter sauce)
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 2 Tb. water
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Put a medium pot on the stove. Set aside 1/2 cup of the cranberries.
- Add the rest of the cranberries to the saucepan with the sugar, orange zest, orange juice and water.
- Cook on low for 10 minutes.
- Add the spices: cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Stir together.
- Cook on medium heat for 12 minutes. Gently stir and smash the cranberries. They will burst.
- Turn the heat down to low.
- Add the reserved 1/2 cup cranberries. Stir together.
- Add any sugar, salt or pepper to taste.
- Remove from heat and serve once cooled off. Or let cool on the stove and store in the fridge until ready to serve.