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Grandma's Cranberry Sauce Recipe--Key to an American Holiday Tradition

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Updated March 2, 2016

Grandma’s cranberry sauce recipe is a sweet-tart tradition.  The deep burgundy color of this classic sauce makes an impressive presentation, adorning your beautiful table-scape.

Imagine the tangy bursts of rich cranberry yumminess teasing your tongue.  

Splurge on organic cranberries in your homemade from scratch sauce for the best flavor outcome.

Then, take this fine old recipe and get creative!

Stir in some dried fruit such as raisins or figs just before chilling. Try infusing your sauce with herbs, such as rosehips or fresh thyme.  Make it creamy by stirring in some sour or sweetened whipped cream.

Make an appetizer by whipping some cranberry sauce with cream cheese and serve on toast points; garnish top with an orange peel curl or finely chopped nuts.

This cranberry sauce recipe keeps well, if you happen to have any leftover.

Spread it on a slice of bread instead of mayonnaise in your turkey sandwich.  Slather it over vanilla ice cream for dessert or over waffles instead of maple syrup for breakfast.  Fill crepes with leftover cranberry sauce and top with fresh whipped cream.

You’re going to love this quick and easy make ahead cranberry sauce.  Be adventurous and try one of the variations . . . or make up your own variation.


Grandma's Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Time:  20 minutes

Servings:  about 2 ½ cups of sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, culled and washed
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together all ingredients.
  2. Bring to a slow boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. 
  3. When berries begin to burst, reduce heat to a simmer and crush berries against the side of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Continue to heat through until sauce begins to thicken.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into a heat safe decorative serving dish.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
  7. Sauce will gel nicely when chilled.

Variations

Apple Maple Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add 1 cup apple juice or apple cider.
  3. Omit granulated white sugar.
  4. Add 1 cup real maple syrup.
  5. Add 1 medium apple, peeled, seeded and chopped.
  6. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.
  7. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  8. Just before removing from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon Homemade Vanilla Extract.
  9. Cook for one minute to allow alcohol to evaporate.
  10. Finish sauce as directed in key recipe.Omit water.
  11. Add 1 cup apple juice or apple cider.
  12. Omit granulated white sugar.
  13. Add 1 cup real maple syrup.
  14. Add 1 medium apple, peeled, seeded and chopped.
  15. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.
  16. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  17. Just before removing from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon Homemade Vanilla Extract.
  18. Cook for one minute to allow alcohol to evaporate.
  19. Finish sauce as directed in key recipe.


Burgundy Cranberry Sauce

  1. Reduce water to ½ cup.
  2. Add ½ cup Burgundy wine.
  3. Add 1 cinnamon stick.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel.
  5. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick before pouring into decorative serving dish.
  7. Finish sauce as directed in key recipe.


Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

  1. Add a cinnamon stick to the ingredients.
  2. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  3. Remove cinnamon stick before pouring into decorative serving dish.
  4. Finish sauce as directed in key recipe.


Cranberry Nut Sauce

  1. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  2. Stir in 2/3 cup chopped nuts of your choice before serving.


Gourmet Orange Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. ¼ cup Grand Mariner.
  3. Add ¾ cup orange juice.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel.
  5. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.


Honey Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit granulated white sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup raw honey.
  3. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.


Honey Maple Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit granulated white sugar.
  2. Add ½ cup raw honey.
  3. Add ½ cup real maple syrup.
  4. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.


Orange Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add 1 cup orange juice.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel.
  4. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.


Orange Spiced Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add 1 cup orange juice.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel.
  4. Make a bouquet garni of 1 cinnamon stick and a few whole cloves.
  5. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  6. Remove bouquet garni before chilling the sauce.


Port Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add ½ cup orange juice.
  3. Add ½ cup port wine.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel.
  5. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.


Spiced Cranberry Sauce

  1. Make a bouquet garni of 1 cinnamon stick and a few whole cloves.
  2. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.
  3. Remove bouquet garni before chilling the sauce.


Vermont Maple Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit white granulated sugar.
  2. Add 1 cup real maple syrup.
  3. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.


Vermont Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add 1 cup orange juice.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel.
  4. Omit white granulated sugar.
  5. Add 1 cup real maple syrup.
  6. Prepare and cook as directed in key recipe.


Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

  1. Prepare as directed in key recipe, except omit crushing the berries as they cook.





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