Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Over the month of November I will be posting my secrets to a relaxed Thanksgiving.  Including dishes and ingredients that can be prepared ahead of time, simple Thanksgiving place settings, and even how to send your guests home with leftovers. Check out this post where you can find links to all my recipes and plans this Thanksgiving season!


Cranberry sauce for me, is the exclamation point to dinner.  A small colorful dish that envokes excitement and brings the other dishes to life.  It adds color to the table and flavor to your plate.  And can be made up to 1 week ahead of time!


Simple homemade cranberry sauce


1 (12oz) bag of fresh cranberries

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup orange juice

2 1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange peel

1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt


Bring all ingredients to a boil in a heavy medium sized sauce pan, stirring often.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until most of the cranberries burst, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.  Transfer sauce to a medium bowl.  Cool, cover, and refrigerate.

You can make this dish up to 1 week ahead! Keep Thanksgiving Day full of fun and friends and get this out of the way ahead of time!


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