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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Is Simply Delicious

While some people swear by canned cranberry, in my opinion, nothing beats a homemade variation. Making cranberry is incredibly easy. All you have to do is combine the components in a pot and simmer for 20 minutes. From jelly to gelatin, there are many ingredients that can be mixed with the cranberries. In this recipe, plump dried cherries add a sweet tartness to the sauce, while fresh orange juice provides a nice acidity. When I was cooking it, I considered pureeing it in the food processor to make it smooth, but in the end, I decided the chunks of cranberry were necessary for a rich texture. To look at how I made it,

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Cranberry Sauce with Dried Cherries

Cranberry Sauce with Dried Cherries

Cranberry Sauce with Dried Cherries

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups cranberries (one 12-ounce bag)
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
zest and juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons grated ginger, peeled
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar

Directions

  1. Combine cranberries, cherries, shallots, vinegar, orange zest and juice, ginger, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan, and cook over medium heat until cranberries pop.
  2. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries release their juices, about 15 minutes. If the cranberry sauce becomes too thick, add water until the desired consistency is reached. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Makes 3 cups.


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LaLa0428 LaLa0428 7 years
This looks great.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
Ok, I have to be honest here...I love the canned cranberry sauce.
nancita nancita 7 years
Adding cherries is a great idea.
mominator mominator 7 years
Pecans and crushed pineapple is also good in it.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I love to toss chopped walnuts into my versian. :D
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I always make homemade cranberry sauce, but my recipe is cranberries and apples with a bit of orange zest and sugar to sweeten it a bit. The apples take a bit of the edge off the tartness of the cranberries.
mswender mswender 7 years
I made cranberry sauce last night with a roasted turkey breast. I just combine the bag of cranberries with about a 3/4 cup of orange juice, a little water, and a cup of sugar, I used raw sugar, and cook until the berries pop. Delicious!
rezgurl rezgurl 7 years
I love homemade cranberry sauce... This is the first year I didn't go pick cranberries at my Mom's place.. so I will have to settle for the canned stuff..
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
I love homemade too, I make it more like a relish. Coarsely chop cranberries, add honey, and the juice and zest from an orange, heat until juicy.
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
Fresh is best. To make it smooth put in the food processor. The blender will make it to watery. But the take of fresh cranberries is so much better.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
do you think that the recipe would be great if i were to puree the cranberries? i personally swear by the canned smooth kind so i don't know if i would like even homemade with texture.
zoinks zoinks 7 years
I LOVE LOVE LOVE cranberry sauce. I make extra to keep the rest of the year to have on turkey sandwiches. I make mine with an apple , and the zest and juice of an orange and a lemon. The recipe you used seems more savory to me.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Homemade cranberry sauce is amazing. It makes me wonder why they even bother to sell the icky canned stuff.
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