Amazing Cranberry Sauce Recipes

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is one of the staples of Thanksgiving. Every time people taste cranberries the rest of the year, they're immediately reminded of the holiday season: fall leaves, colder air, and a delicious cranberry sauce to go with roast turkey and stuffing. Fresh, healthy, and scrumptious, a good homemade cranberry sauce can bring delight to your taste buds. Here are a few recipes for this holiday favorite.

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This is a simple, perfect recipe for a traditional cranberry sauce. If you've never made it from scratch before, this is a good place to start.

  • Place a 12-oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries into a pan over low heat.
  • Scoop half a cup of cranberries into a small bowl.
  • In the pan, add one cup of sugar, one morsel of lemon or orange zest, and two tablespoons of water.
  • Cook for 10 minutes. Cranberries should be soft and sugar should dissolve.
  • Increase heat to medium for 12 minutes until cranberries burst.
  • Put the heat back on low and add the remaining half-cup of cranberries.
  • Add salt, sugar, and pepper if desired and serve.

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

There are often friends or family at the Thanksgiving meal who need a sugar-free option due to either health conditions or dietary preferences. Here's a good sauce that's sugar free, but tastes sweet due to natural flavors.

  • Mix half a cup of water, two 12 oz bags of cranberries, half a cup of sugar-free applesauce, and a cup of pineapple juice into a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to medium heat for 10-15 minutes until cranberries begin bursting.
  • Simmer and pour juice and zest from one orange over the mixture.
  • Leave simmering for 10-15 minutes, then store in a fridge for at least 5 hours before serving so sauce can solidify and thicken.
  • If you need additional sweeteners, you can add honey or stevia to the sauce.

Minimalist Cranberry Sauce

This sauce uses just three simple ingredients: cranberries, apple juice, and sugar. If you don't feel like cooking with multiple ingredients, you can opt for this quick and simple option.

  • Combine a pound of fresh or frozen cranberries with a cup of sugar and one and a half cups of apple juice in a saucepan.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Chill for four hours until solidified.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

For a little kick to the Thanksgiving meal, you can add some heat to the cranberry sauce. This recipes uses jalapenos, mango chutney, and pear preserves to add flavors and a little spice.

  • Mix one and a half cups fresh or frozen cranberries, a cup of dried cranberries, a cup of fresh orange juice, and one-third cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until cranberries begin to burst.
  • Add two jars of pear preserves, a jar of mango chutney, a jar of jalapeno pepper jelly, and a tablespoon of orange zest.
  • Simmer for the next five minutes, then cool for three hours before serving.

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