Cranberry Sauce

For the longest time the words “Cranberry sauce” automatically made me think of something not really sauce like at all. What I used to understand as cranberry sauce was more like a jelly  substance that plopped on a plate looking like the can it came out of. And I was not a fan. That is until I decided to give fresh, homemade cranberry sauce a shot. And now well…I’m just smitten.

When I decided to make my own cranberry sauce, I turned to my trusted copy of The Flavor Bible and learned that cranberries pair very nicely with orange juice and zest. In addition to the OJ I decided to add a combo of brown sugar and granulated sugar. The result was a tangy, sweet and tart sauce that I think would be perfect on the Thanksgiving table. Not to mention it’s a heck of a lot prettier than that canned stuff.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Makes 2 cups Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 ounce) package of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Instructions

1

Rinse cranberries and pick out any that are soft.

2

In a sauce pot combine orange juice, water, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Stir in cranberries. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and continue to cook until cranberries begin to soften, about 10 minutes. They will pop during this time. Stir in orange zest.

3

Transfer to a serving dish. Allow to cool at room temperature or place in the refrigerator to chill completely. Serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

Leave a Comment

  • Reply
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
    November 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Love “The Flavor Bible”! These sound delicious!!! :)

  • Reply
    Deseree
    November 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for catching that Jackie! Add it right before you transfer it to a serving dish.

  • Reply
    Jenn's Food Journey
    November 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I have always made cranberry sauce with just water and sugar.. I love the addition of the orange juice! By the way, that jelly stuff that plops out on the plate is the only kind of cranberry sauce my boyfriend will eat…ugh!!!

  • Reply
    Jackie
    November 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Des

    When is the orange zest incorporated into this sauce.

  • Reply
    nancy@skinnykitchen.com
    November 22, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I love the idea of adding OJ and brown sugar. Your recipe looks yummy. I’ve always made mine with water or apple cider and white sugar.

  • Reply
    StephenC
    November 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

    This is perfect. I needed a very simply cranberry recipe for Thursday. Your timing is impeccable.

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