Famous Cranberry Sauce

My "famous" cranberry sauce completes the Thanksgiving table.

What’s Thanksgiving without homemade Cranberry Sauce? And this is my “famous” cranberry sauce! Well, sort of. The recipe is from a family friend years ago, and I’m not sure it’s famous outside the 30 people who have been at our Thanksgiving table but I’ve been making it for nearly 20 years and it is a rock star– lots of fresh, plump cranberries, lots of orange zest, the perfect balance of sweet & tart and so delicious! A must have at every table!

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Famous Cranberry Sauce


Famous Cranberry Sauce
Recipe type: Holidays, Sides
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1½ cups sugar (original recipe calls for 2 cups, I've cut back over the years)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp orange rind
  1. Dissolve sugar in juices while bringing to a boil
  2. Add cranberries and cook until the berries start popping (generally medium low flame, stir frequently)
  3. Add raisins, nuts and orange rind
  4. Continue heating on low for 20-30 minutes
  5. The sauce will thicken while cooling

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