What’s Thanksgiving dinner without the cranberry sauce? It’s sweet, delicious, and tastes amazing with every other dish on your Thanksgiving table.
fresh cranberry sauce
I just love Thanksgiving. Is there anything better than all of your friends and family coming together for one big delicious meal? Especially when that meal involves turkey, rolls, and mashed potatoes?? I think not!
You can’t have those other Thanksgiving dinner staples without the cranberry sauce! It’s as much a necessity as the rolls and potatoes! With that being said, forget about the canned cranberry sauce and go straight for the homemade stuff! It’s worth it—trust me.
This recipe is all you need to make a tasty bowl of cranberry sauce. It’s super simple and is perfect to make ahead of time. It lasts in the fridge for a while so it’s great for making leftover turkey sandwiches. YUM!
How to Make Cranberry Sauce
BERRIES. You’re going to need about 1 pound of fresh cranberries for this recipe. Wash them and dry them before you get started!
BOIL. Combine the cranberries, sugar and water in a medium pot over medium heat. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce the mixture to a simmer. Mix in the cinnamon stick, allspice and nutmeg.
SIMMER. Simmer this for 5-7 minutes. Just so you know, some of the cranberries will burst and some will remain whole. This is totally normal. After about 5-7 minutes, stir in the orange juice and zest.
Cool the cranberry sauce before serving. Done and done!
cranberry sauce Prep Info
Make-ahead dishes make my life so much easier this time of year. That’s one of the reasons why I love this cranberry sauce recipe. Make it up to one week ahead of time and keep it in your fridge in an airtight container. Perfection!!
It also freezes beautifully! To prevent freezer burn, make sure it is kept in an airtight freezer safe container. Use it within two months for best results. Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before ready to serve.
Cranberry sauce tastes amazing with pretty much every other Thanksgiving/holiday dish out there. Serve it on the side of your roasted turkey. Slather it on a soft homemade roll. Or mix it in with your mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. However you eat it, it’s the tastiest side dish that never goes out of style!
You really gotta go homemade for this because it’s better than any canned version. And honestly, it will become a staple at your holiday get togethers. 😉
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- 1 lb fresh cranberries washed & dried
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 orange zested & juices
Combine cranberries, sugar and water in a medium pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and mix in the cinnamon stick, allspice and nutmeg. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. (Some of the cranberries will burst and some will remain whole).
Stir in the orange juice and zest. Cool before serving.