One of my favorite things to make (and eat) every Thanksgiving is cranberry sauce.In fact I’ve made it before and after Thanksgiving and have it for dessert. I just love the tartness of the cranberries with some sweetness (and a few other things you’ll see 😉
Cranberry sauce has always gotten this bad rap of being that dish you have to have at Thanksgiving but nobody really likes it, and it comes from a can which is super appetizing. (joking) I’ve always liked cranberry sauce though, and when I started to make my own I never went back to that overly sweet canned stuff. We deserve better people!
Making your own cranberry sauce isn’t that scary either. It’s probably the easiest and simplest dishes I make for Thanksgiving; and with this recipe it is quite tasty as well.
What you’ll need:
1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 orange(zest and juice)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick if you have any)
The first thing you need to do is put the water and sugar, orange zest and juice in a medium sized pot and bring it to a boil. While the water is cooking rinse off the cranberries and go through them a little just to make sure there aren’t any stems or bad berries in there.
When the water is boiling add the cranberries and and cinnamon, then bring to a boil again. When the berries start to boil you’ll start to hear them pop, then turn the heat down on medium-low and time them for 10 minutes.
Once the 10 minutes is up turn the heat off and it’s optional to serve the sauce right away or let it get to room temperature, or put it in the fridge.
The nice thing when making cranberry sauce is you can make it ahead of time so it’s one less thing you have to make on T-day, so you can focus on the more important things like
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There you have it, a delicious cranberry sauce that people will actually want to eat!
P.S. Keep an eye out for a Thanksgiving roundup where we’ll have even more dishes you can make for turkey day!