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DAVE’S HOMEMADE CRANBERRY ORANGE SAUCE


Glass dish of cranberry sauce, surrounded by fresh cranberries a dark red napkin, and a larger serving dish filled with cranberry sauce.

Homemade cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving favorite for many, including my husband Dave. He’ll tell you that this is one of his favorite foods, even if he only enjoys it at Thanksgiving time.


Dave’s cranberry sauce recipe is based on one his mom made when he was growing up. It was a pivotal moment in his young life when the family switched from canned cranberry sauce to homemade (ask him, he’ll tell you a much longer version of the story). He describes this cranberry sauce recipe as “based on my mom’s, but with a deeper spice profile that I think makes it just irresistible”.


We hope you find it irresistible too!


TELL ME ABOUT THIS RECIPE FOR CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH ORANGE JUICE


Level of difficulty: Easy. Put ingredients in a pan, boil, simmer, and enjoy!

Flavor: Tart cranberries, sweet orange juice, and all your favorite holiday flavors like brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla combine into one celebration of the season.

Time: You’ll need about 20 minutes to make this homemade cranberry sauce recipe.


Ingredients for cranberry sauce. Image includes 3 large oranges, a bowl of fresh cranberries, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and ground cinnamon.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED


Fresh cranberries

Oranges (juice and zest)

Salt

Vanilla

Brown sugar

Cinnamon


OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY SAUCE


  1. Add all ingredients into a large saucepan

  2. Stir to combine

  3. Bring mixture to a soft boil over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes, then simmer on medium low for 10 minutes

  4. Allow to cool, and enjoy!


WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH CRANBERRY SAUCE?


Cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. The sweet and tangy berries make a perfect companion to savory turkey. But cranberry sauce works well with a lot of meats too. Try pairing it with chicken, pork, and sausage! This cranberry sauce is also great in this fun appetizer recipe.


Top down view a glass dish of cranberry orange sauce. The dish is surrounded by fresh cranberries and a dark red napkin.

EXPERT TIPS


Want to change it up a bit? Add bourbon! Cranberry sauce is a great dish to experiment with, and bourbon adds a fun depth of flavor to this Thanksgiving side dish. Start by removing 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice from the recipe as noted and replacing it with your favorite bourbon. Add more to taste. Enjoy your bourbon cranberry sauce as you normally would.


Looking to cut carbs? There are a few ways to do this. You can replace half the orange juice with water, or cut the brown sugar in half. When doing this, you may want to taste it and add a little stevia into your cranberry sauce to balance out tartness of the berries.


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