Festive Cranberry Sauce

I'm one of those people who MUST have cranberry sauce with my turkey dinner.

I'm not talking about the gross canned stuff that comes out with the indents of the can full of BPA that has leached into the cranberry sauce..

I'm talking about freshly boiled down cranberries that's bitter and sweet, at the same time. 

It's the cherry on top of a perfect meal. In my opinion anyways.


My mom is up visiting for a few days, and tonight her and I are making a pre-christmas/birthday dinner since I won't be going home for the holidays this year.

We bought the cranberries because as I explained earlier, we NEED cranberry sauce to go along with the turkey. Both of us were feeling creative and decided not to do the traditional cranberries, sugar, and water recipe. So we took a look at what I had in the fridge and followed our instincts!

This is what we came up with:

Festive Cranberry Sauce


2 C fresh cranberries
1/2 C orange juice (fresh is best, or juice with the pulp)
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C water
1 1/2 tsp maple syrup


Put cranberries in a small sauce pan. 

Add the orange juice, zest, cinnamon, and water and raise to medium heat.

Bring to a low boil. 

Stir in maple syrup.

After about 5 minutes, the cranberries will start to burst. This is when you need to start whisking it.

Whisk the cranberry sauce enough to help the cranberries burst, and to make it smooth. 

Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding a little more maple syrup if needed.

Enjoy on turkey or as a spread for turkey sandwiches!

Makes about 1.5 cups of pure goodness.


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