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{ Craving Cranberries }

Marinella Kelly

homemade cranberry sauce

From Cranberry ginger-ale to homemade cranberry sauce, it's cranberry season in our household & we love every last bite!

Made my first batch of cranberry sauce for the season last night, and trust me it won't be my last.

It's these special homemade touches that make holiday eating so crave-able & comforting.

Many of us won't be celebrating in the usual ways with our fixed crew, but that doesn't mean you can't still make your eats extra special this year!

Start with elevating that canned glob (*see my PS) to a healthier, prettier and outrageously tastier cranberry sauce!

My husband said he never liked cranberry sauce until he met me... so you know that glob was jiggling on his families table when he and his 11 other siblings were growing up! My hubby and I grew up very differently when it comes to food.

I have a small arsenal of homemade cranberry sauce recipes, but here I'll share a simple make ahead cranberry sauce that you'll want to make all fall / winter long.

It's delicious with chicken and pork too. You can even top waffles, pancakes or mix it with cream cheese for a tangy bagel spread!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Put the following in a heavy bottomed medium to large saucepan:

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup FRESH squeezed OJ - ( Side Note: Most grocery stores sell fresh squeezed OJ in their produce department, so NO excuses! )
  • 1 cup of sugar ( you can experiment using less if you'd like )
  • 1 - Tablespoon grated orange zest - trust me, do this, you'll luv the zing!
  • This serves 4 so triple it for a larger crowd!

Bring this all to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and while stirring cook until bubbly and thickened for 3 minutes. Let it cool slightly if your're serving it warmed or cool it for approx. 30 minutes before refrigerating. Holds for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Side Note: Storing it in a mason jar is perfect because you can serve directly out of the jar & it'll still look pretty on your table or buffet.

Side Note: If you'd like to add even more orange flavor add a tablespoon of Gran Marnier to the saucepan too. The alcohol will cook off & there'll be a more intense orange flavor, sooo goood!

*PS if you like the jiggly glob you go for it! I'm not judging...!

Share this recipe with your friends & family they'll be Thankful you did! Also leave me a message as to how this turned out for you!

Happiest of Thanksgivings!!


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