Forget the canned stuff, this easy Cranberry Sauce recipe will be your new go to. With hints of apple and orange, you are going to fall in love with this flavor!
Homemade cranberry sauce has never been easier than with this Cranberry Sauce with Apple and Orange recipe!
No rest for the weary here!
It has been a very busy three days. I’ve been cooking up a storm- a precursor to Thanksgiving, if you will. I thought it was important to put together a “Go Go Go” Thanksgiving- especially since I’m so grateful to everyone that reads, likes, comments, retweets and pins my posts. So, whether you are hosting dinner or just contributing a dish or two, I got ya babe!
I ended up with a bunch of dishes, and when I did the backwards math- SURPRISE! I had to start now. Oh jeez. Let’s go. Saddle up, everybody, we’ve got a big ol’ meal to make.
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Every time I think I’ve nailed mine down, it changes. They’re just all SO good! One dish that is always in my top, though, is cranberry sauce!
And I’m not talking about that gelatinous log that comes out of the can. I’m talking about the real, good homemade cranberry sauce.
Luckily, this cranberry sauce is an easy recipe, and it can even be made days in advance to save you time on the big day! In just about 30 minutes, it’s done and ready to be served.
To start, add the cranberries, apple, orange juice, orange zest, water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. (You don’t need to bring to a boil.) Although I prefer to use fresh, you can use fresh or frozen cranberries. But if you’re using frozen, make sure they are thawed first.
Once everything is combined, stir occasionally so that the sauce does not burn on the bottom. After about 20 minutes of stirring, turn the heat down to medium low and stir even more frequently. Cook the cranberry sauce at this temperature for approximately another 10-15 minutes, until thickened.
After you allow it to cool completely, the cranberry sauce is ready to serve! Obviously it’s ideal to serve for Thanksgiving, but we like to serve it all year round! It tastes great alongside roasted chicken, or even on a panini filled with Thanksgiving leftovers!
If you liked this homemade cranberry sauce, check out these other delicious Thanksgiving recipes:
- Herb Roasted Turkey with Gravy
- Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
Cranberry Sauce with Apple and Orange
- 2 bags fresh cranberries
- 2 large apples peeled and diced
- 2 oranges zested and juiced
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- Combine cranberries, apple, orange juice, orange zest, water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally, so sauce does not burn on the bottom. After 25 minutes, turn heat down to medium low and stir more frequently Cook for approximately another 10-15 minutes, until thickened.
NOTE: When I originally posted this recipe, it called for 1 1/4 cups white sugar. While making it, I had a flashback to using a combination of brown sugar and white sugar. I have amended the recipe to reflect as such, but using all white sugar would be fine (if you didn’t have brown).