Homemade cranberry sauce is wildly better than anything you can buy, and it takes little time or effort to make.
Plus, it's easy to take a basic sauce and doctor it up in so many delicious ways.To help you along on your journey from can to greatness, we offer a base recipe for a delicious brown sugar and orange cranberry sauce, plus five ways of taking the flavor in crazy delicious directions.
Cranberry sauce six ways
- 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- Pinch of salt
Remove the pan from the heat and select one of the flavor combinations below. Makes 8 servings.
Chipotle: Add 1 minced chipotle pepper and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo). Let cool, then stir in 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro.
Truffled: Allow to fully cool, then stir in 1/2 teaspoon truffle oil and 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives.
Sweet and smoky: Stir in 1/2 cup crumbled well-cooked bacon, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika and an extra 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Lemon-tarragon: Stir in 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon and the zest and juice of 1 lemon.
Ginger-miso: Stir in 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger and 2 tablespoons sweet white miso.
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