Homemade cranberry sauce is a staple in my home during November and December. I prefer homemade over canned. What about you? This recipe yields a perfect combination of tart and sweet.
Homemade cranberry sauce can be made very quickly, this recipe is done in 10 minutes and it’s super easy. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Once it is done I use the back of a wooden spoon to mash the cranberries. I keep some whole and mash the others. You can eat it warm or cold.
There are many variations of cranberry sauce. I have made it with orange added and that is so yummy! However, my go to recipe I use brown sugar along with white sugar and apple cider instead of water. I also add cinnamon and cloves. The use of apple cider lets me use less sugar, 1/2 cup less than most recipes. I also add half an apple. The brown sugar and spices add a warmth to the cranberries. It’s not an overwhelming flavor, it’s very slight and it goes wonderfully with turkey.
My husband and daughter like to eat it with a spoon by itself as a snack, I like that too, but topped on turkey is the best!
I use apple cider in a lot of recipes during this time of year. Here are a couple of other recipes I use it in: Pumpkin Apple Walnut Bread and Simple Applesauce. These would be nice additions to your holiday table.
Perfectly Sweet and Tart Cranberry Sauce
- 1 12oz pkg fresh cranberries
- 1/2 apple, cubed
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
In a saucepan combine all ingredients and stir to combine. Once it starts to boil lower heat to medium.
Cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and smash cranberries with back of a spoon to desired chunkiness.
Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. Store in the refrigerator.
How do you eat your cranberry sauce? Let me know how the recipe turned out for you.