Cranberry sauce is dead easy to make, and so much better than the canned kind (unless you like the way it comes out of its tin with a gelatinous plop). To make your own, all you need to do is simmer a bag (3-4 cups) of fresh or frozen cranberries with sugar (about a cup – white or brown) and a cup of water or orange juice. Toss in a cinnamon stick or some grated orange zest if you like, and simmer until the berries pop and it looks like cranberry sauce. If you want to take it up a notch, there are a ton of other ingredients you can add, including (but not limited to) dried fruit, nuts, and booze.
Chunky Apple-Pear Sauce: add a grated or finely chopped apple, pear, or half of each to the berries as they simmer.
Cranberry-Rhubarb Sauce: use half cranberries, half fresh or frozen chopped rhubarb. Simmer until thick.
Citrus-Port Cranberry Sauce: simmer 1 bag (4 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries with 1/2 cup ruby Port, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup brown sugar and a cinnamon stick until the berries pop.
Roasted Coronation Grape Sauce: spread out a bunch of dark purple coronation grapes on a rimmed foil-lined baking sheet, drizzle with oil and roast at 450F until they burst and start to turn golden (about 20 minutes); stir into your simmering cranberry sauce.
Ginger & Honey Cranberry Sauce: simmer a bag of berries (3-4 cups) with 3/4 cup honey, 1 cup water or juice, 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick.
Chipotle Cranberry Sauce: add a half a finely chopped chipotle en adobo sauce as your sauce simmers.
Apricot-Grand Marnier Sauce: use 1 cup orange juice as your liquid, and add 1/2-1 cup chopped dried apricots and 1/4 cup Grand Marnier.
Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Raisins: add a handful of raisins, a cinnamon stick or two, and a pinch of powdered ginger, allspice and freshly ground black pepper.
Rosemary Balsamic Cranberry Sauce: add 1 tsp.-1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary as your sauce simmers, and 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar at the end.
Citrus Spice Cranberry Sauce: add the grated zest of an orange, then peel it and roughly chop the orange itself; add it too, along with a cinnamon stick. A spoonful of marmalade works, too.
What do you like to do with your cranberry sauce?
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