Cranberry Orange Sauce

To say I am excited about Thanksgiving is a complete understatement.  I’m ridiculously pumped.  Ridiculously.  Did you get that?  This Thanksgiving will be my second time ever hosting.  My first was four years ago and while I had a lot of fun, my skills in the kitchen were nowhere near what they are today.  So this time around I am positively giddy with excitement.  Just so we are all clear about how excited I am.  As an added bonus, my husband and I usually travel for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it will be nice to have our family come to us.  I’ve had fun decorating and getting the house ready for their arrival.

I’ve been thinking about the menu for some time and this past weekend started to try out some recipes that are new to me – to make sure they are up to par for the big day.  I’ll be sure to share the whole menu with you next week, but for now, and leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ll share a few dishes that I plan to serve.  Like this cranberry sauce.

The cranberry “sauce” that comes in those cans totally creeps me out.  Something about it just doesn’t seem right.  The way it kind of jiggles around and holds its shape (can indents and all).  Eek.  I have wanted to try making cranberry sauce for a while, but since we usually travel for this holiday I never got the chance.

Turns out, homemade cranberry sauce is very easy to make and more importantly is so much better than that stuff from the can.  Added bonus, it looks nothing like it either.  This sauce is definitely tart on its own, but it pairs really well with turkey and other traditional side dishes.  The use of some citrus is a fun variation on a plain sauce, and helps, along with the sugar and salt, to balance out the cranberries.  I am actually looking forward to enjoying this with our holiday meal – who would have thought!

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Yield: about 2 ½ cups

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag frozen cranberries, picked through
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as triple sec

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar, water and orange zest to a medium saucepan set over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Once boiling, add the frozen cranberries and mix to combine. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, until most of the cranberries have popped open. Remove from the heat. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Add in the orange liqueur and mix to combine. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools down.
  2. Let the sauce cool before serving. If not using right away, store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Bring the sauce to room temperature before serving. This sauce can be made up to several days in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.
http://cookiemonstercooking.com/2012/11/09/cranberry-orange-sauce/

Source:
Barely adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.

 

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Comments

  1. This is wonderful!!! Made it a couple of nights ago – very bright flavor. I used grande marnier (it was all I had). Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Looks and sounds just perfect!

  3. I love making homemade cranberry sauce – my family never liked it until I started making it from scratch, but now they all love it! Love the use of oranges in yours.

  4. Rebekah and Justin have made this for us at Thanksgiving minus the spiked orange and it is really good. I don’t use those jiggly canned stuff anymore either.

  5. My mother-in-law used to make cranberry orange relish, but I know she didn’t spike it with orange liquor. That would send it over the top, I’m sure. Thanks so much!

  6. I make something very similar for Thanksgiving and absolutely love it! I could seriously put this sauce on anything and everything!

    • ashley@cookiemonstercooking says:

      haha agreed – I started even dunking my toast in this stuff! And this from someone who thought they hated cranberry sauce

  7. Oh, look at this sauce! It would go so great with my crepes! I want to have this in my house! :) Well-made cranberry sauce is such a treat, I love the addition of triple sec!

    • ashley@cookiemonstercooking says:

      Ooooh good idea! Another reason I need to try those crepes! And thanks : ) I’ve been working hard on my photos

  8. And by the way, the top photo is amazing! Why is it not on Foodgawker?

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