Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Very Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever


It's been four years since I first posted this cranberry sauce recipe and it continues to be a popular one! It truly is the most delicious cranberry sauce I've ever had - and it is SO easy to make that this year my 5 year old practically made it (he did need some help with peeling and cutting). Once you've had this slightly chunky cranberry sauce made from scratch, it's hard to go back to the blob in a can!

Not only is this an awesome condiment to serve with your meal, but you can do so much with it afterward! Try serving it over Belgian waffles. Or warm it back up and spoon it over ice cream. This year (2015) I made after-dinner cocktails by adding about 1 Tablespoon of this sauce to the bottom of a champagne flute and topping it off with Prosecco.


When I came to update this post with better pictures (I first published the recipe in 2011 and my photography has improved a lot since then) I went to scrap the whole back story. But then I saw this 10 year old picture of my husband and I at our first Thanksgiving - and I had a hard time deleting it. I like to think he married me because I wowed him with my awesome cranberry sauce making skills at our first Thanksgiving together - so I'll leave it here for posterity.
(Look at us that day...we look so young!)
If you, too, are looking to impress someone special - or if you just like tasty food - then this recipe is for you! Easy, inexpensive and delicious. It's got all the things you need.

Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever

Ingredients
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 bag (16 oz) fresh cranberries
  • zest, juice and pulp of 1 orange
  • 1 organic apple
Add your orange juice and sugar to a sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat and stir until sugar dissolves.


Pour your cranberries into a colander. Rinse and pick out any smooshed or ugly berries. Add the nice berries to the pan and stir to coat in OJ.


While berries are cooking, zest the orange. Cut orange in half and squeeze the halves by stabbing the center with a fork and pressing orange halves around it. Scrape out some of the pulp as well. Add zest, juice and pulp to pan.


While berries continue to simmer, peel, core and chop an apple into small pieces (I like granny smith - but use what you have!). Once most of the berries have burst, add apple pieces to pan and stir.


Cook for 5 more minutes then remove from heat.

Serve warm over waffles or ice cream. If using for a turkey condiment, allow to stand for about 15 minutes, then pour mixture into a bowl or ramekins and refrigerate until ready to serve.



About the Author: 
Carissa is a green lifestyle expert and professional recipe developer. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of two e-books including the best-selling beverage cookbook, Infused: Recipes for Herb & Fruit Infused Water, Tea and More. You can also find her recipes featured in The Non-GMO Cookbook as well as in periodicals like Urban Farm Magazine. Her goal is to empower families to make healthier choices that are easy, taste great and are fun!
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