Two Word Tuesday #7: Eat Better
Two Word Tuesday #8: Avec Amour

Cranberry Sauce Recipe: A Quick and Easy Classic

Cranberry Sauce garnished in serverThis is a very easy, quick recipe to make delicious, homemade cranberry sauce not only for the holidays, but as a side dish or relish any time. It's perfect with turkey, but also revs up roast pork, pork chops, and chicken for the meat eaters; spread it on top of a grilled portobello mushroom for the vegetarians at your table. This whole berry cranberry sauce has just the right combination of sweet and tart, with a twist of orange, and a hint of cinnamon. Mmmm!

INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cup fresh cranberries (washed)

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 

the zest of 1 orange (use an organic orange if possible; zest the orange until it's "bald")

3/4 cup water 

2/3 cup sugar 

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cranberries in high walled pot cookingUsing a high-walled pot, add the cranberries, orange juice, zest, water, sugar, and cinnamon, COVER and bring to a boil.
  2. Let simmer stirring frequently.
  3. When the mixture begins to gel, continue stirring, lower the heat until all of the liquid is absorbed.
    Cranberry sauce as liquid gets absorbed
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to your serving dish immediately to cool, uncovered. 
  5. When cooled completely on counter, then cover, and refrigerate.
  6. Stir before serving.

DONE! You can make this a couple of days in advance but if you can cook this early in the day that you are having guests, the house will smell so good! This is one of my favorite recipes, and I've been making it for years, it's one of the dishes I bring to every Thanksgiving. I have so much gratitude for the Here We Are readers and I'm pleased to share this recipe with you; let me know if you try it. Do you have a favorite recipe that you make and bring to your family dinner? What is it? I'd love to hear about it.

BONUS: After the holiday season, here is a great way to use up those extra cranberries by whipping them together with butter to make a cranberry spread. Soooo tasty!

HOSTESS GIFT IDEA: Whether or not you are bringing food, you should always bring the host/hostess a gift for his/her efforts. If they happen to be a baker, perhaps watch my video on how to make a Beautiful Floral Centerpiece In a Pie Plate. There is no work for the host and it can be displayed for the holiday, and baked in later! Win, win!!

 

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