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

Updated November 10, 2017.

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

You’re going to love this quick and easy make ahead cranberry sauce recipe!

Grandma’s recipe is a sweet-tart tradition, so delicious, you will never open another can of store bought cranberry sauce again!

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 rose hips or fresh thyme.

Make it creamy by stirring in some sour cream or sweetened whipped cream.

Dish up 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 homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert, over waffles instead of maple syrup for breakfast, or garnish the top of your favorite gluten-free cheesecake recipe.

Fill crepes with leftover cranberry sauce and top with fresh whipped cream.

Be adventurous and try one of the variations or make up your own variation.





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


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


Mm-mm! There's nothing like a beautiful cranberry sauce bursting with sweet-tart yumminess to dress up any meal!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients:
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries, culled and washed
- 1 cup granulated white 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 cranberry dish.
6. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
7. Sauce will gel nicely when chilled.

Tags:
Gluten-free, Corn-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Fat-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian




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 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 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 1 minute to allow alcohol to evaporate.
  10. Finish sauce as directed in key recipe.


Burgundy Cranberry Sauce

  1. Reduce water to 1/2 cup.
  2. Add 1/2 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.


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, cook and chill 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. Add 1/4 cup Grand Mariner, 3/4 cup orange juice and 1 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel.
  3. Prepare, cook and chill as directed in key recipe.
  4. Garnish with a thin slice of fresh orange.


Honey Cranberry Sauce

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


Honey Maple Cranberry Sauce

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


Metric Measurements

Note:  use volume-based imperial/metric measuring spoons and dry measuring cups marked in milliliters; see Kitchen Equipment and Tools.

Ingredients

  • 340 grams fresh cranberries, culled and washed
  • 250 ml granulated white sugar
  • 250 ml 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 cranberry dish.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
  7. Sauce will gel nicely when chilled.


Microwave Magic

  1. In a microwave safe dish, stir together all ingredients.
  2. Cover and cook in microwave oven on High power for 10 to 12 minutes, until all cranberries have popped and sauce thickens.
  3. Stir halfway through cooking time, and then at end of cooking time.
  4. Pour into a cranberry dish.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
  6. Sauce will gel nicely when chilled.


Orange Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add 1 cup orange juice and 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel.
  3. Prepare, cook and chill directed in key recipe.
  4. Garnish top with a thin slice of fresh orange


Orange Spiced Cranberry Sauce

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


Port Cranberry Sauce

  1. Omit water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup port wine and 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel.
  3. Prepare, cook and chill as directed in key recipe.
  4. Garnish top with a thin slice of fresh orange.


Slow Cookery

  1. Combine ingredients in bottom of a greased or oiled slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on High for 5 hours or on Low for 8 hours.
  3. Remove from slow cooker and pour into a cranberry dish.
  4. Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
  5. Sauce will gel nicely when chilled.


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, cook and chill as directed in key recipe.


Vermont Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce

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


Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

  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.
  4. Continue to heat through until all cranberries have popped and sauce begins to thicken.
  5. Remove from heat and pour into a cranberry dish.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
  7. Sauce will gel nicely when chilled.



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