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Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is sweet, tart, aromatic, and just so delicious. It’s a perfect condiment to serve with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

I absolutely love cranberry sauce. If I could, I would have it all year round. It’s such a delicious sauce and so versatile. I use it for so many things, not just as a side. I make drinks with it, I infuse my tea with it, I make tarts with it, to name a few things. Make it once, enjoy it in many ways.

The ingredients for cranberry sauce

Six ingredients are all you need to make this super delicious condiment.

Ingredients
Ingredients

This is what you will need:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large fresh orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 2 star anise
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup water

Making cranberry sauce is such a simple task. It’s a matter of putting everything in a pan and letting it boil. Well, almost. Properly wash the cranberries and discard any that might be too soft. You want to use the plump ones for your sauce. If the berries are soft, it means they are starting to go bad and you don’t want to use them.

Ready to cook
Ready to cook

Add the washed berries to a medium sized pan. Add your water, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, and salt to the pan as well. Using a nutmeg grater or any small grater, grate the rind of the entire orange into the pan. Cut the orange and squeeze all of the juice into the pan. Now we are ready to cook it. I tend to throw the skin of the orange into the pan too. It has a lot of flavour and I prefer not to discard it. The oils from the skin old a lof of flavour.

Cooking
Cooking

We need to cook the cranberries. The cranberries have natural pectin that helps the sauce to thicken as the berries cook. The idea is to cook them till they just start to pop. This takes about 10 or so minutes. Allow them to boil just once and then turn the heat off. I remove the orange skin at this time and discard it. It should have done its job by now.

Cranberry sauce ready to enjoy
Cranberry sauce ready to enjoy

Allow the sauce to cool down completely before enjoying it as a condiment with your turkey dinner. As the sauce cools, it thickens. If you prefer to, you can smash the cranberries with a fork or a hand blender and even strain them using a sieve. I prefer to enjoy the sauce as is. I like the taste of the tart berries popping in my mouth.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Course: Dip, SideCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

13

minutes
Calories

40

kcal
Total time

15

minutes

This cranberry sauce is sweet, tart, aromatic, and just so delicious. It’s a perfect condiment to serve with your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large fresh orange

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 2 star anise

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Properly wash the cranberries and discard any soft ones.
  • Place the cranberries into a medium sized pan.
  • Add the sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, salt, and water to the pan.
  • Using a nutmeg grater or any small grater, grate the rind of the orange into the pan.
  • Cut the orange in half and squeeze all the juice into the pan. You can also toss the peel into the pan.
  • Cook the sauce for about 10 minutes on medium low heat. Or just until the cranberries start to pop. Allow them to boil once then, turn the heat off.
  • Allow the sauce to cool down completely before enjoying it as a condiment with your turkey dinner.

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