Cranberry Sauce is a classic that you need at your Thanksgiving or Holiday feast. This is so yummy on top of turkey and adds beautiful color to your plate. It only takes 15 minutes and a few simple ingredients to make.
The holidays are coming up which means it’s time to start planning your feasts and this Cranberry Sauce needs to be present! Turkey is the star of the show, but what else are you serving along side it? I highly suggest adding Sweet Potato Casserole, Thanksgiving Stuffing, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes to your table.
I used to only care for gravy on my turkey but this sauce is a game changer! This sweet and tart relish is the perfect way to brighten up your meal in flavor and color. It tastes great on top of turkey but also on other meats, sandwiches, or cheese.
Another bonus is that making this makes your house smell amazing.
What is Cranberry Sauce?
It is a relish made by cooking cranberries, sugar, and orange juice together until the berries burst and the sauce thickens. It’s most often served at Thanksgiving dinner as a condiment for turkey.
How to make Cranberry Sauce:
Mix all ingredients together in a pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. (Make this a day or two in advance to lighten your load on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.) Sauce will thicken more when chilled.
- Serve it cold, room temperature, or warm. I like to take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before using.
Can Cranberry Sauce be frozen?
Yes! Freeze up to 6 months. Defrost by placing in the fridge the day before.
What to eat cranberry sauce on?
Cranberry Sauce is most commonly served on turkey at Thanksgiving but can also be served over any meat such as pork loin or chicken.
Swap it out for anything you put relish on. Add it to your burger or grilled cheese sandwich for an added bright and zingy sweetness. It’s also great on a sandwich made using leftover turkey.
Serve it over baked brie or on cream cheese and use crackers to dig in.
LOOKING FOR MORE THANKSGIVING DISHES? CHECK OUT THESE:
- Two Potato Scallop combines two types of potatoes into one for a creamy sweet and savory dish.
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy is perfect if you aren’t feeding a crowd. Plus, the meat is so tender and juicy!
- Dutch Apple Pie Needs to be on your menu for dessert. It’s the best apple pie you’ll ever have!
- Easy Pumpkin Sheet Cake is easy to make, so delicious, and a great addition to your assorted dessert table.
TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS SAUCE:
- Pot & Skillet Set– These are the skillets and pots I use. They have a heavy bottom making them sturdy and cook the food evenly. I use these multiple times a day.
- Microplane– I use this for zesting citrus fruits and shaving chocolate or Parmesan cheese.
- Wooden Spoon– Love this spoon for making sauces especially if using a non-stick pot.
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed, picked through
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- zest of 1 orange
- Stir all ingredients together in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Sauce will thicken more when chilled.