Looking for a fun and easy way to jazz up your holiday table? This zesty cranberry sauce is the perfect solution! It's simple to make and bursting with delicious flavor. Plus, it's the perfect addition to any cocktail party. So why not give it a try? Your guests will love it!
Also, did you know cranberry sauce can be made days ahead of time!? So make it this weekend so you can focus on the turkey come Thanksgiving day!
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Why I Love This Recipe
Here's the deal, I love taking a shortcut from the store but I draw the line at cranberry sauce. It's embarrassingly easy to make. So let's get it out of the way this weekend and then keep it refrigerated until the big day on Thursday. According to Thomas, cranberry is the most important part of the side dish game on Thanksgiving. (I'm partial to gravy) but hey, to each their own! This recipe is literally 5 ingredients and takes almost no time to whip up. Some key things to keep in mind...
Ingredients & Substitutions
- brown sugar
- fresh cranberries
- orange zest
*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below
How to Make Cranberry Sauce
Step 1: In a large pot combine the equal parts water and sugar and bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved.
Step 2: Add the fresh cranberries, turn heat to medium low, and let simmer until the cranberries start to gently pop, about 10-15 minutes.
Step 3: Remove from heat and add the orange zest and nutmeg. Transfer to a serving bowl and let cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it continues to cool.
How to Store Cranberry Sauce
You can store this in a container in the fridge for 10-14 days! I don't heat it up before serving, just let it come to room temperature.
How to Freeze Cranberry Sauce
For freezing, use a container or a freezer bag. It stays for months in the freezer. I recommend creating smaller chunks, so you can thaw just however much you need. I will let it completely thaw and let it come to room temperature.
Tips & Tricks
Make this recipe a week before to check one thing off your Thanksgiving menu and avoid buying the canned stuff!!
What does cranberry sauce go with?
Depends who you ask but for our family, it's mostly eaten on Thanksgiving with the Turkey!
Can cranberry sauce be frozen?
Sure can! I've stored it for a few months in the freezer no problem.
How long does cranberry sauce keep?
10-14 days in the fridge! Months in the freezer.
How far in advance can cranberry sauce be made?
I make it about a week before. This weekend leading up to Thanksgiving is a great time to prep the cranberry sauce. It'll only take you a few minutes and it's one less thing to worry about day of!
Pairs Well With
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Zesty Cranberry Sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- In a large pot combine the equal parts water and sugar and bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the fresh cranberries, turn heat to medium low, and let simmer until the cranberries start to gently pop, about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the orange zest and nutmeg. Transfer to a serving bowl and let cool. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it continues to cool.