Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving foods. The tang of the cranberry mixed with the sweetness of stuffing all piled on juicy sliced turkey is what it’s all about. For years I had only ever had cranberry sauce with a can, so imagine how life-chaning it was for me when I had it at a friend’s house made from scratch! I left determined to try it myself, and it was so easy! Ever since then, I have made my cranberry sauce from scratch. Here’s my favorite recipe!


  • 1/2 shallot, finely diced
  • 12 oz. of cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine (I used cabernet)
  • 1/2 tsp. orange zest
1. Dice your shallot and place it in a medium-sized sauce pan over medium heat. Cook for a minute, then add the cranberries and sugar. You’ll hear some popping and sizzling, but don’t worry, that’s meant to happen! As the berries burst the sugar will dissolve. Keep stirring to make sure nothing gets burned.
2. As the sauce simmers, add the orange juice, wine and zest. Keep stirring occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken. Cook to your desired thickness and then remove from the heat.
3. Serve with your favorite Thanksgiving traditions, or add it to a sandwich, burger, or anywhere else you’d like!

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