Not your momma’s cranberry sauce. Or maybe it is… but either way, its amazing.
I’m actually not a huge cranberry sauce person. At least not in the traditional turkey & cranberry on Thanksgiving type of thing. But this Spiced Cranberry Sauce is worlds beyond the weird gelatinous stuff that you wiggle out of a can and slice into giant rounds.
You’ll be keeping it a little healthier with honey as the main sweetener, but still have the rich taste of the bit of brown sugar thats thrown in. Its kicked up a notch with some fragrant holiday spices that just make you warm and happy inside. And its also super easy to make. As in, I didn’t even take any step-by-step photos because theres like 2 steps, kind of easy.
And it tastes awesome with way more than just Thanksgiving turkey. Use those leftovers to make turkey & cran sandwiches with spinach and provolone. Or spread it on waffles, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls in the morning. Its also super killer mixed into whatever fruity dessert/pie you are making for the holidays (like an apple and cranberry crisp with a crumbly, buttery topping). You can freeze it and use it later too – so when Christmas rolls around you already have one thing made! I love doing that because I feel like a superhero for being ultra-prepared but in reality I got to be lazy and just took something out of the freezer.
Basically, just make this yummy stuff and use it on everything and let the holidays fill your whole life with happiness. Thats what Thanksgiving is all about, right?
Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 12 ounce bag of cranberries*
- 1 large orange**
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/2 cup raw local honey
- 1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup water
Other optional spices
- ground ginger
Rinse your cranberries in a colander. Rinse and dry the orange. Zest the entire orange and set the zest aside on a plate. Cut the orange in half and squeeze all of the juice into a medium sized pot. Remove any seeds from the juice.
Place the cranberries, honey, sugar, and cinnamon in the pot with the orange juice. If you’d like, try adding some of the other spices for extra flavor! If using whole cloves or allspice, place them in a spice pouch before adding them to the mixture so you can remove them easily later. Stir together.
Place the pot on the stove over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook down the cranberries for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and break down.
Remove the pot from the heat. If you prefer a smoother cranberry sauce, mash your mixture or puree it in the food processor. Stir in the orange zest. Allow your cranberry sauce to cool before storing it in a container in the fridge.
*Fresh or frozen cranberries should work just fine! I would suggest allowing them to thaw first though so the cooking process isn't so long. Organic cranberries can typically be found at Whole Foods.
**Cara Cara Oranges have AMAZING flavor and would make this even more fabulous! But any kind of orange should be great, as long as its ripe and juicy.