Hi readers! Today we continue our Thanksgiving Series. As we work our way through the meal, having already shared our Pomegranate Mule and Twice Baked Potato Casserole, it is almost time for the star of the show- the turkey! While we won’t be sharing a turkey recipe with you this year (who has time for that?!?), we are sharing our favorite homemade cranberry sauce that is sure to be a most-loved accompaniment to your main dish- turkey or tofurkey! Personally, I love this sauce so much that I even use it as a spread for biscuits, why not? So ditch that sketchy can of cranberry “relish” and whip up this super easy sauce that uses fresh oranges and a touch of cinnamon. I cannot tell you enough how easy this is, and best of all, it can be made several days ahead of time- yay! That leaves more time for enjoying the company of your guests on Thanksgiving rather than slaving over the stove the whole day!
CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH FRESH ORANGE AND CINNAMON
- 1 bag (12 oz) of fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 6-7 medium oranges)
- zest of one orange
First, juice the oranges until you have 1 cup of juice. Pour the orange juice and 1 cup of sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Stir occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Then, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Next, stir in the cranberries. How gorgeous are those!?!
Simmer the cranberries over medium-low heat until the cranberries start to pop. They will first look like this…
Continue to stir the cranberries to avoid burning. They will keep popping and the sauce will thicken.
Once the sauce looks like this (above), add the zest of one orange and the cinnamon.
Once most of the cranberries are popped and it has a sauce-like consistency, remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. I like to leave a few whole cranberries for texture so don’t worry if all of them have not popped and reduced. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and refrigerate until you are ready to eat. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
Garnish with fresh orange zest (optional). Enjoy!