Cranberry Orange Sauce is a delicious combination of sweet and tart, and the perfect accompaniment to all your holiday meals.
This sweet and tangy Homemade Cranberry Orange Sauce will be the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing and it makes a fantastic relish for leftover turkey sandwiches. Plus you can make a double batch and use it for Cranberry Fluff Salad, too!
Say goodbye to cranberry sauce from a can and hello to this perfectly sweet and tart homemade cranberry orange sauce. With just a few ingredients and about 15 minutes of cooking time, it’s so easy to make at home.
Want a delicious holiday breakfast idea? Try topping Pumpkin Pancakes with this cranberry relish, or mix it into your oatmeal, yogurt or smoothies. It will blow your mind!
Cranberry Orange Sauce Recipe Ingredients
Fresh Cranberries – this is the base of your sauce. Make sure you buy fresh and not frozen.
Mandarin Oranges (Cuties) – these are the Cuties oranges that you find in bags in the produce aisle. They are particularly sweet in the fall, but also have a fabulous slightly bitter taste that compliments the sweet. You could also use a navel orange, and, in a pinch, a cup of really well drained canned mandarins.
Water – for boiling.
Sugar – to sweeten the sauce.
Orange extract – this ingredient is completely optional and just adds more orange flavor.
How to Make Cranberry Sauce from Scratch
Add sugar and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add oranges, cranberries and orange extract and continue to simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir it around a few times. The cranberries will begin popping and releasing all of their yummy juices.
Remove from the heat and let sit for about 20 minutes to cool. Once the sauce is completely cooled, store it for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
Instead of the orange extract, you could also add a splash of orange juice and some orange zest instead. Just keep in mind that oj has a lot of sugar, so you may want to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.
The white pith of the orange is quite bitter, so try to remove as much of that as you can.
For a warm holiday flavor, add a cinnamon stick to the sauce as it’s boiling.
Can you freeze homemade cranberry sauce?
Yes! Homemade sauce freezes beautifully. Pour into an freezer safe container or bag (squeeze out extra air), label it, and place it into the freezer for up to 2 months for the best quality. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and you are ready to roll.
Do you serve cranberry sauce hot or cold?
Cranberry sauce is best served as a chilled relish or side dish. It can be served at room temperature.
What do you eat the cranberry sauce with?
Cranberry sauce can be served with a variety of proteins, including turkey, chicken, pork or ham. It is most often served at holiday meals, traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is rarely served at other times.
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