Cranberry sauce is one of those things that is really, really easy to make, but i think a lot of people forgo making it and opt for opening a can instead. If you have access to fresh cranberries (or frozen, depending on the season) don’t question it — make a batch yourself and see how easy and delicious it is.
I always make it with orange or mandarin juice because I like the flavor combo. You can use water if you prefer. I also like the addition of some ground, dry ginger. I’ve tried it with fresh ginger, but it was too strong for my taste. You can omit the ginger altogether, or substitute cinnamon, clove, nutmeg or allspice. And if you’d like even more of a citrus kick, add some zest,
- 3 cups (or one 12 oz. package) fresh cranberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh orange or mandarin (or tangerine or . .) juice
- 1/2 tsp. dry ginger
Wash and pick through the cranberries. Add everything to the pot and place over medium-high heat. Once the liquid comes to a simmer, reduce heat to medium and let cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the cranberries have all popped and the sauce has thickened. Pour into a dish to cool. Can be served warm or cover and keep refrigerated for up to one week.
Makes 2 cups.