Cranberries You can’t imagine turkey without the cranberry sauce. It’s a match made in heaven and no one should attempt to break the bond. A good cranberry sauce can elevate the turkey. Make it right and your meal becomes...

Cranberries
Cranberries

You can’t imagine turkey without the cranberry sauce. It’s a match made in heaven and no one should attempt to break the bond. A good cranberry sauce can elevate the turkey. Make it right and your meal becomes sublimely divine, one that leaves your guests happy and satisfied. If you’re looking for cranberry sauce recipes, consider these innovative ideas. But first, let’s start off with the basic.

Basic Cranberry Sauce

Basic Cranberry Sauce
Basic Cranberry Sauce

You will most likely find the recipe printed on a fresh bag of cranberries. It’s simple, no fuss and you can’t go wrong.

  • 1 bag (12 oz) of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar (brown, granulated)
  • 1 cup of water

Add all the above to a deep saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until it thickens. Stir occasionally to bring flavors together.

Want more oomph to the sauce? More edge? More spunk? Here are some ideas:

Orange Supreme Cranberry Sauce

Orange pairs well with cranberries, quite like red wine and beef. This recipe utilizes the many facets of orange and put them to good use:

  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 peeled orange, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest
  • 2 tbs of orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau)

Directions:

  1. Add water and sugar to a non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add cranberries, chopped orange and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and allow to simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn off heat and add orange zest and liqueur.
  5. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Cranberries and Oranges
Cranberries and Oranges

Spicy Curry and Fennel Cranberry Sauce

Want to be more adventurous with your cranberry sauce this year? Try this recipe with curry and fennel cooked in pinot noir for a full burst of flavor and heat.

  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 tbs of oil (canola, coconut or vegetable)
  • 1 tbs of minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 cups of Pinot Noir
  • 1 ts of curry powder
  • 1 ts of fennel seeds

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add fresh ginger, curry powder and fennel seeds and allow heat to bring out flavor, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add cranberries, coconut sugar and pinot noir and bring it to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until it thickens.
  4. Chill and serve cold.

Don’t be afraid to play with spices
Don’t be afraid to play with spices

Never use jellied cranberry sauce from a can again. Make your own and make it sizzle with flavor. Don’t be afraid to play with spices (cinnamon, 5-spice, cumin, cloves), herbs (rosemary, thyme, majoram), adding different types of fruits (fresh or dried) and simmering in different medium (dry wine, juices). For more information on how to make a killer cranberry sauce, contact us. We also offer a whole range of kitchen aids to help you perfect your culinary adventures.