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One of the benefits of cooking for Thanksgiving is the leftovers. I never tried cranberry sauce until a few years ago. My parents always bought a small can of it every Thanksgiving. However, none of my sisters or I ever touched it. A few years ago, my sister, Alice, introduced us to fresh cranberry sauce. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it is.
Just as importantly for me, homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make! It only takes about 15 minutes to cook, but allow about 2 hours for it to cool.
Orange Cranberry Sauce
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 12 oz fresh cranberries
- Heat water, orange juice, and sugar to boiling
- Add orange zest and cranberries
- Simmer for ~ 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Allow cranberry sauce to cool
- Cover and refrigerate until serving time
We use fresh cranberries, but frozen will work as well. We also use vegan sugar. If you prefer sweeter cranberry sauce, add a little more sugar. If you prefer a smoother cranberry sauce, you can mash the cranberries with a potato masher either before or after cooking.
Consider doubling the recipe so you’ll have enough cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and to make Crantastic Crostini! It is the perfect post-Thanksgiving snack!
- baguette (toasted)
- cream cheese
- homemade orange cranberry sauce
- Toast baguette slices if needed. (Preheat oven to 400, slice baguette and toast for 8-10 minutes.)
- Spread cream cheese on cooled baguette slices.
- Top with cranberry sauce.
We like Daiya cream cheese.
Check out our decorative pie crust too!
Is there a food you avoided as a child, only to discover that you love it as an adult?
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in photography for creative women entrepreneurs.