Homemade Cranberry Sauce in my opinion is an essential part of the Thanksgiving plate! This one is classic with fresh, tart cranberries, orange zest and juice, and just a hint of brown sugar for sweetness. You'll wonder why you have never made it before!
While this might not be everyone's first choice in Thanksgiving sides, I believe that cranberry sauce has been given a bad wrap. Too often, the classic canned cranberry sauce is what most families use, and that just doesn't cut it.
A good cranberry sauce is one that is just the right amount sweet, while still being sour enough to cut through the heaviness of the rest of the classic Thanksgiving dishes. When made right, it can totally elevate your plate and take all the flavors to the next level!
Homemade cranberry sauce is super simple to prepare, and only takes a few minutes. It's wonderful to watch and listen to as it cooks, the cranberries pop and burst creating a wonderful sauce.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 2-4 tbs. brown sugar
- 1 navel orange
- Zest and juice one orange, add to small saucepan along with the cranberries.
- Turn heat on medium and cook until cranberries begin to burst and pop. You can leave chunky or mash it to be smoother.
- Stir in brown sugar to taste. Serve warm or chilled.
Melissa Szymczak says
This recipe looks awesome! I’m definitely going to try making my own soon.