Homemade Cranberry Sauce

white bowl of cranberry sauce garnished with orange zest

Dinner | November 12, 2019 | By

Homemade Cranberry Sauce ~ quick and easy to make. Loaded with fresh cranberries and citrus flavor. 1000 times better than the canned stuff.

The onset of Thanksgiving brings the ‘discussion’ of cranberry sauce in our house. My husband likes the stuff in the can that comes out jelly-like with the can’s indentations intact.

I prefer what you’re seeing here.  Homemade Cranberry Sauce made with fresh cranberries, infused with bright citrus flavor  and apples plus pistachios for a little texture.

Tangy-sweet it’s absolutely mouthwatering. The one in the can from my husband’s childhood and the stuff he pledges his allegiance to doesn’t begin to compare.

bowl of cranberry sauce garnished with orange zest

Some call it cranberry sauce, others relish, so what’s the difference? Simple:  cranberry sauce is cooked and cranberry relish isn’t.  A food nerd fun fact. 

What’s in Homemade Cranberry Sauce?

  • fresh cranberries
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • water
  • Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
  • orange juice and zest
  • pistachios finely chopped

How do I make Homemade Cranberry Sauce?

Rinse the cranberries, then add them to a saucepan along with the brown and white sugar, cinnamon and water. 

step by step photo collage how to make cranberry sauce

Over medium heat bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer 7-10 minutes or until the cranberry skins burst.

Peel, core and dice the apple then fold it in along with the orange zest and juice and finely chopped pistachios. Give it all a good stir to combine. The Cranberry Sauce will thicken as it cools. If you’d like, garnish with a little orange zest and more pistachios just before serving.

Can I make this Cranberry Sauce ahead of time?

Yes – this is the ideal recipe to make ahead! It can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days before serving.

Here are a few of my other favorite holiday side dishes:

Old Fashioned Bread Sausage Stuffing:  Classic stuffing recipe baked outside the bird with delicious fresh herb and sausage flavors. Serve with turkey, chicken or pork.

Sweet Potato Au Gratin: Sliced sweet and Yukon Gold potatoes baked in a creamy Gruyere sauce.

Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes: Creamy, buttery bursting with smoked Gouda cheese flavor. The ultimate side dish for the holiday but easy to make on a weeknight.

Brown Butter Honey Glazed Carrots: Tender roasted carrots in a honey-brown butter glaze. Sure to be a hit on your holiday table!

Enjoy!

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bowl of cranberry sauce garnished with orange zest

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Quick and easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce. Loaded with fresh cranberries and citrus flavor. One thousand times better than the canned stuff. 
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CourseSide Dish
CuisineAmerican
Keywordcranberry sauce, easy homemade cranberry sauce
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Servings5 people

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, finely chopped
  • 2 oranges juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup pistachios finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Rinse the cranberries, then add them to a saucepan with the brown and white sugar, cinnamon and water. 
  • Over medium heat, mixture to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer 7-10 minutes or until the skins burst then fold in the diced apple, orange zest and juice and pistachios stirring to combine. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Comments

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    Ray
    November 12, 2019

    Agree this homemade cranberry sauce is tons better than the canned type. The taste, texture and appearance is the best. Can’t wait for turkey day.

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      Bernie
      November 13, 2019

      Thank you Ray! So glad to have you on board fresh cranberry sauce. Let’s kick that can to the curb 🙂

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