Kick your holidays up a notch this year with perfectly tart, sweet, and easy-to-make Cranberry Sauce!
If you’re serving this easy sauce for Thanksgiving or Christmas, consider serving it alongside these Mashed Potatoes, a Wild Rice Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Thanksgiving Dressing, and/or this Watergate Salad.
Cranberry sauce is one of my husband’s favorites. (Sadly for him, we don’t eat it much outside of Thanksgiving…) But because it’s his favorite, I wanted to create an extra-special recipe for him so he could enjoy it the one time of the year he gets to eat it. 🙂
What I’m sharing today is the best Cranberry Sauce I’ve had! It’s just the right amount of sweet while still remaining true to the delicious tart profile of cranberries. The texture is perfect and this sauce is so easy to make, you’ll never want to go back to the cans!
And as it turns out, making this sauce homemade is not as difficult as you’d think.
How do you make homemade Cranberry Sauce?
Start by combining white and brown sugar with cranberry and orange juice. Over medium heat, whisk to dissolve the sugar and then stir in the fresh cranberries.
Watching closely and stirring occasionally, the cranberries will begin to become soft, break down, and thicken the sauce (thanks to the natural pectin in cranberries). You can use a spoon to smash some of the cranberries as they become tender. Let stand off the heat and the sauce will continue to thicken.
So now that we know how to make cranberry sauce; how do we make it the very best?…
How to make it the BEST
Because let’s be honest, if we’re going through the trouble of making homemade Cranberry Sauce, it better taste good! 🙂
The majority of recipes combine 1 cup of sugar, a bag of cranberries, and 1 cup of water. To make it the best, though, we’ll be making some tweaks: reducing the sugar (and switching out some of the white for brown sugar) and replacing the water with cranberry and orange juices.
The cranberry juice adds an extra layer of tart cranberry flavor while the orange juice adds an additional layer of flavor and sweetness to create a hint of cranberry-orange in the sauce.
Fresh juices make all the difference! They’re definitely the “secret” to this sauce!
Serve this sauce alongside:
- Leftover Turkey Sliders
- Crock Pot Turkey so easy!
- Raspberry Fluff Salad reader favorite!
- Frog Eye Salad
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts