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Ditch the can full of sugar and its weird shape! Cranberry sauce is a breeze to make! Like ridiculously simple. Ready? All you need are fresh cranberries, water, and sugar. Yep, that is it. So, if you can boil water, you can make cranberry sauce.
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This is a simple cranberry sauce recipe base that you can easily tweak and change to incorporate many different ingredients. This is a classic dish to add to any holiday meal, especially Thanksgiving!
The beauty of this simple recipe is just how easy it is to make it tailored to your taste buds without doing a lot of strange recipe math!
Berries make a wonderful addition to cranberry sauce! I personally like to add raspberries the most but have been known to use strawberries, too. Just toss in some washed berries when you add the cranberries or after they have burst if you want whole pieces of berry.
Add a splash of your favorite citrus juice at the end of cooking. Or even better, throw in a few segments of orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit after taking it off the heat.
Apples are a great balance for the tartness of the cranberries. You can go two ways, softened or crunchy. For softened apples, core and seed an apple and chop it into small pieces then add them to the water before you start boiling it. For a crunchy apple, just core and seed the apple, chop into small pieces and add after you remove the pan from the heat.
Personally, I like mine very tart so I opt for ½ to ¾ cup of sugar instead of the traditional 1 cup of sugar. If you have a sweet tooth add that full cup (or a touch more)! And if you like to get “sauced” with a cranberry cocktail check out this one! Drop me a line or comment below if you when you try it! <3
Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- measuring cup
- medium pot
- 12 ounces cranberries fresh
- 1 cup Water
- 3/4-1 cup sugar adjust quantity to personal preference
- Combine sugar and water together in a pot and bring to a boil
- Rinse cranberries and drain them
- Add washed cranberries to boiling water
- Cook for 5-8 minutes allowing most of the berries to burst; be careful to not let it boil over
- Cool the mixture and store overnight in an air-tight container