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.Simple Cranberry Sauce.

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

Cranberry Sauce... One of the most classic American Thanksgiving condiments.

Historically, my family has treated cranberry sauce as a "necessary dish for our guests". We end up buying a can of what looks like jello, and that bowl of sauce gets passed around the table like a game of hot-potato.

This year I decided to try my hand at making my own. How hard could it be? What even goes into making cranberry sauce... besides the obvious?

In my research I found that there are many variations and opinions on level of sweetness, tartness, spices used, and whether or not to make it "boozy" but overall, it is a simple dish to make.

This is my take on a cranberry sauce. It is both tart and sweet, spiced, and this time... not boozy. In total it takes about 20 minutes and can easily be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days before serving.

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.Simple Cranberry Sauce.


Serves 18-20


  • Cranberries- 4 cups or two 16oz bags.

Baking and Spices:

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

  • 1/2 a cup of granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Other ingredients:

  • 1 cup of orange juice

To begin rinse all of the cranberries in a colander. Be sure to remove any stems or leaves from the berries before cooking.

In a large pot pour the clean berries, 1 cup of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of honey, and half a cup of granulated sugar.

Bring the heat to medium high and let sit for 2-3min.

The berries should begin to open.

Place 1 cinnamon stick and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg into the center of the pot and stir to combine all ingredients.

The berries should continue to open and the texture will slowly begin to thicken.

*How thick you prefer your cranberry sauce depends upon your tastes and preferences.

*I like a thicker sauce, so I let the cranberries cook for 15-18 minutes.

Be mindful to stir regularly and turn the heat to medium or medium low to avoid burning the sugar.

Taste as you go! If the sauce is to tart add a small spoonful of honey.

Once the sauce has reached your desired texture and flavor remove the cinnamon stick and let cool.

Plate in a decorative bowl and pass that delicious sauce around the table!

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