Our “Famous” Cranberry Sauce

Fresh plump cranberries, lots of orange zest and the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

A holiday must have!

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!

Never made cranberry sauce before? No worries, this is super easy and will change the way you think of cranberry sauce because is so yummy! And you’ll be asked to make it again, year after year…

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Our “Famous” Cranberry Sauce


Famous Cranberry Sauce
Lots of fresh, plump cranberries, lots of orange zest, and the perfect balance of sweet & tart. Recipe from a family friend, this has been a most requested side dish at our Thanksgiving table for years! Recipe doubles easily and freezes well.
Recipe type: Holidays, Sides
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1½ cups sugar (original recipe calls for 2 cups, I've cut back over the years) (NOTE: I've made it using ½ coconut sugar/ ½ cane sugar and it tastes good but the color is more brown, less bright)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp orange rind (or more to taste)
  1. In a large saucepan, add orange and cranberry juices, and sugar. 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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