Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Tart, fresh cranberries combine with sugar, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier to create an incredibly delicious homemade cranberry sauce.
If you caught my post for Cranberry Fluff, you may remember me discussing the fact that I am a self-proclaimed turkey disliker. Not a hater, just a disliker. No matter how it’s cooked – fried, brined, roasted, smoked – it’s just not my fave. I’m a side dish girl through and through, but I’ll definitely dabble with the bird if it’s slathered in a bit of homemade cranberry sauce.
I’ve had this recipe for homemade cranberry sauce in draft mode since 2011. Yep, THREE Thanksgivings have come and gone since I started this post. Every year, I’ve forgotten to share it with you until it’s just too late. Last year, I can most definitely blame being ridiculously pregnant – which was pretty much my excuse for everything in 2013. But this girl isn’t pregnant, so I have no excuse this year. And since I decided to share some of my favorite side dishes with you this holiday season, I knew this homemade cranberry sauce had to be at the top of list.
A couple of weeks ago, I was grabbing a quick bite to eat with my aunt and had a Turkey Cranberry Flatbread Sandwich from Panera Bread. It immediately brought this homemade cranberry sauce to mind. Have you tried that sandwich? It’s tasty, but I can’t wait to recreate it using homemade Thanksgiving leftovers because I’m fairly certain it will be amazing. At that moment I added an alert to my phone and calendar to post this recipe ASAP.
Now, I know it’s ridiculously easy to pop open a can of store-bought cranberry sauce and jiggle it out onto a pretty, festive plate, but trust me, homemade cranberry sauce is almost as easy. I promise.
Not only is it super easy to make, it is incredibly delicious. Tart, fresh cranberries are cooked with brown and white sugars, freshly squeezed orange juice, a touch of spice and just a hint of Grand Marnier. The flavors blend together to create a bright spot on your Thanksgiving plate that both teases the palate and provides a little freshness from all the heavy, gravy-laden sides.
Whether you’re in charge of the entire Thanksgiving spread this year or just a side dish, skip the jiggly stuff in a can. Your own boozy cranberry sauce is SO much better, and it’ll be ten times better in that Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. Trust me on this one, guys.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1-2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, optional
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugars, water and orange juice. Stir continuously until sugars are dissolved.
- Add in the cranberries and pumpkin pie spice.
- Cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes), stir constantly.
- Remove from heat, stir in Grand Marnier and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
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