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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce is a perfect, fresh side dish that isn’t just ideal for holidays, it’s a great fit for many dinners! The tart sweetness of cranberry sauce is a great contrast for hearty, savory dinners. If you are looking for a deliciously fresh side dish for this Thanksgiving, this is an absolute must-have recipe.

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This Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe is a great way to get a healthier and tastier cranberry sauce than what you can get at the store in a can. It’s super easy and simple to make too, so you will still have plenty of time to focus on your other sides and main dishes on Thanksgiving. In less than 30 minutes you will have a batch whipped up!

There is a great medley of awesome holiday flavors such as orange, cinnamon and of course, cranberries. It’s crazy how just a few easy ingredients can result in such a great taste. Also, if you have frozen cranberries instead of fresh, you can use them and you don’t even have to worry about thawing them before adding them in. To make it even easier, you can make this ahead of time and store up to 3 days before using.

Ingredients to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce:

  • fresh cranberries
  • fresh orange juice
  • honey
  • orange zest
  • ground cinnamon

How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce:

  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, mix together the cranberries, orange juice, honey, orange zest and ground cinnamon.
  2. Stir occasionally until mixture comes to a simmer. Allow to cook for 15 minutes, until cranberries begin to pop and the sauce has thickened. You can add 1/4 cup of water until the desired consistency is reached.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce is a perfect, fresh side dish that isn't just ideal for holidays, it's a great fit for many dinners! The tart sweetness of cranberry sauce is a great contrast for hearty, savory dinners.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serving Size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, mix together the cranberries, orange juice, honey, orange zest and ground cinnamon.
  • Stir occasionally until mixture comes to a simmer. Allow to cook for 15 minutes, until cranberries begin to pop and the sauce has thickened. You can add 1/4 cup of water until the desired consistency is reached.

Notes

  • You can make this dish 3 days ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Rewarm in a saucepan on the stove if desired. 
  • You can use four cups of frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones, without thawing them. 

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