Homemade Cranberry Sauce

November 1, 2018

Homemade Cranberry Sauce – this is hands down my favorite cranberry sauce! It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart in it’s deliciously vibrant. It’s the perfect compliment to roasted turkey or even a rotisserie chicken.

Cranberry Sauce

The Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe!

Is there anything like a delicious, made from scratch Thanksgiving meal? Many people settle for the stuff that comes out of a can or a box, and that’s just it, it’s settling.

If you find yourself to be one of those people that is settling, I would highly recommend this year you give the homemade alternative to the pre-packaged and processed Thanksgiving foods a try. The two are a night and day difference.

Like this for instance, one comes in the shape of a can while it’s homemade opponent has a spoonable texture and begins with fresh fruit. Not to mention this is unbelievable easy to prepare.

What Ingredients do I Need for Homemade Cranberry Sauce?

You’ll only need 4 ingredients (plus water):

  • fresh cranberries
  • oranges
  • granulated sugar
  • light brown sugar

How do You Make Cranberry Sauce?

  • In a medium sauce-pan set over medium-high heat, whisk together water, orange juice, granulated sugar, light-brown sugar and orange zest.
  • Bring mixture to a boil then carefully pour in cranberries and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Allow mixture to simmer about 10 – 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have popped.
  • Allow mixture to cool about 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

What Can I Make with Leftover Cranberry Sauce?

Here’s a few random ideas if you happen to have any left over cranberry sauce after the holiday:

  • spread over toast or pancakes
  • serve warm over chocolate or vanilla ice cream
  • spread in a turkey sandwich
  • make into a dressing or vinaigrette
  • spread over a cream cheese layered bagel
  • add to a fruit smoothie
  • use it as a dip for chicken nuggets/sticks
  • serve with roasted chicken or pork chops
  • make a tangy and tart barbecue sauce with it
  • spread over cheesecake
  • add it to a chicken or turkey salad
  • layer cheese slices or cream cheese over crackers and spread with cranberry sauce
  • mix in breakfast oatmeal and top with whipped cream

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

5 from 2 votes

This is hands down my favorite cranberry sauce! It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart in it's deliciously vibrant. It's the perfect compliment to roasted turkey or even a rotisserie chicken.

Servings: 10
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce-pan set over medium-high heat, whisk together water, orange juice, granulated sugar, light-brown sugar and orange zest. 
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then carefully pour in cranberries and reduce heat to a simmer. 
  3. Allow mixture to simmer about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have popped (they skin on the cranberries will burst and it will release the juices and pulp, in other words they'll pop open).
  4.  Allow mixture to cool about 20 - 30 minutes. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce
Author: Jaclyn