Cranberry sauce is my all time favorite dish for Thanksgiving. I have loved it ever since I was little. Then, it was out of the can, but I still loved it so much! I couldn’t wait until Thanksgiving to sink my teeth into some cranberry sauce. Today it still remains my favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal, now I make it from scratch.
I love making it from scratch because you can control the tartness. I love tart, I eat lemons, that is how much I love tartness. I believe most people don’t make things tart enough, especially lemon desserts. Cranberry sauce is one of those things that I love tart, it helps cut through the creamy potatoes and pairs well with turkey (in my preference).
One year I forgot to buy cranberries, but I have craisins always on hand, and I wasn’t about to have Thanksgiving without my cranberry sauce, so I made cranberry sauce out of the craisins. All I did was add water to the craisins and some cinnamon, lemon juice, and an orange stuffed with cloves. I didn’t add any sugar because craisins already have a lot of sugar and I wanted mine tart! It worked out pretty well, no one even noticed, or at least they didn’t say anything! This time around I made it from fresh cranberries!
I love cranberries so much that it made me tear up when I heard that people weren’t buying as many cranberries this year and they might have to throw away quite a bit of the cranberry harvest! Go buy cranberries people! It will not disappoint your Thanksgiving meal, and if you are looking for more Thanksgiving recipes I have some you can try, Triple Garlic, and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Brussels (with vegan and vegetarian options), Smoking Hot Turkey, Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Crumble, Thanksgiving Falafels and Vegan Gravy.
4 cups fresh cranberries
1.5 cups sugar
3 cups water
1 large stick or two small sticks of cinnamon
1/4 orange stuffed with cloves
1/2 lemon juiced or 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
- Add the cranberries with the water, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, orange with cloves, and sugar in a medium sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil, and boil until thick and the bubbles become stickier. Think tar bubbles.
- Remove the orange with cloves and cinnamon stick.
- If you like a smooth out of the can kind of cranberry sauce just strain this mixture with a fine mesh sieve, let it cool and it will jellify! Simple and easy!