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Since there are so many wonderful Thanksgiving recipes out there, I was really torn on what to make. An array of pies, casseroles, and dips crossed my mind, but I wanted to make something different. Now I know what you are all thinking, cranberry sauce is by no means different, but for me it is! Every year I slave over the oven making so many homemade dishes and pies (which will be posted soon I promise) that I never lave myself enough time to make some of the more simpler Thanksgiving dishes, like cranberry sauce. I usually just take advantage of the fact that I can run out to the store and buy the canned stuff!
Sadly, cranberry sauce is just one of those side dishes that tend to get overlooked. Therefore, since it really is so simple to make, I decided to share my homemade sauce with everyone and hope that you will set aside the 12 minutes that it takes to make this sauce! Yes, it really is that quick and the taste is heavenly! There are really only three basic ingredients that you need to make a homemade cranberry sauce, but the spices and flavorings are just for an additional boost!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup water
-1 12 oz. bag fresh whole cranberries
-1 cinnamon stick
-1 orange zested and juiced or a splash of orange liqueur (optional)
-Pinch of nutmeg and allspice (optional)
In a saucepan, heat the water and sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add the cranberries and bring to a boil. Then, turn down the heat to a simmer and add the cinnamon stick and spices if using. Allow the cranberries to simmer for about 10 minutes. Many of the cranberries will pop, but it is okay if some remain whole.
Remove from heat and stir in the orange zest and juice and/or orange liqueur (which is what I prefer using). Remove the cinnamon stick if you used one, and pour the sauce in a bowl or serving dish to cool. Allow to cool completely before serving so that the sauce has time to thicken.
Eat up and enjoy!
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