Nov 12, 2013

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce


This cranberry sauce has a bright, tangy-sweet flavor. The addition of fresh orange zest provides a nice contrast to heartier holiday foods.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz.) bag fresh cranberries (washed, sorted, and drained)

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice (fresh or commercial)
zest of 1 large orange

Directions:


In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook, stirring frequently, until cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes). Simmer on low for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in orange zest. Pour into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate. Sauce will thicken as it cools. This freezes well, so you could make a double batch and freeze some for Christmas.






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49 comments:

  1. Dear Joy, A bright and beautiful cranberry sauce is always so welcome at the Thanksgiving table.
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. I think homemade cranberry sauce may be one of my favorite parts of the meal, Catherine. Thank you for coming by, and for the sweet blessings. :)

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  2. Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite dishes as well. Thanksgiving isn't complete without the cranberries. Thanks for sharing this during Our Little Family Adventure's Thanksgiving Menu Planning Event. I’ve added a link to your recipe on my holiday menu planning post. ~Nicky

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    1. Nicky, thank you so much for coming by, and for adding the cranberry sauce to your holiday menu planning post!

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  3. This looks so good! :) I love all of your pictures!!

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    1. Kalee, thank you so much! I appreciate you coming by, and your kind words. :)

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  4. Homemade cranberry sauce is one of my absolute favorites at Thanksgiving. I use a very similar recipe. Cranberries and orange are such a great combination!

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    1. Cranberry and orange is one of my favorite combinations, Aida! I'm so glad you came by- thank you for the visit! :)

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  5. This cranberry sauce looks absolutely amazing Joy! Pinning! Happy Friday. :)

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    1. You are so sweet to say so, Anne! We really enjoy it. Thank you for coming by, and for pinning- I appreciate it! :)

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  6. I am not crazy about cranberries but I admit I love making cranberry sauce like this -- it is so much fun to watch the berries burst! And it is so much better than that stuff they can and so easy to make! Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. You know, you're right, this really is fun to make- I hadn't thought of it like that! :) I like that it's such a pretty ruby color, and that it smells soooo good. I'm a big citrus fan.

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  7. HI Joy,

    Thanks for stopping by & comparing recipes today! I've never tried or tasted one that uses orange juice, but I've seen a number of versions that incorporate it so it must be popular!

    No matter which version you try, though, there is one thing I agree upon - nothing compares to homemade cranberry sauce (if you've only had the canned variety - you haven't lived!) :-)

    Happy early Thanksgiving to you!

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    1. I agree completely-homemade is so good. I am going going to make your cinnamon version, too, this year- it just sounds too good not to! :) Happy Early Thanksgiving to you, too!

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  8. I grew up with the cranberry sauce sliced from a can. My husband introduced me to this recipe for Thanksgiving, we make it every year and I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Carol, I grew up with the canned stuff, too. :) For some reason, even after I knew that *some* people made their own, it seemed like it would be difficult or time-consuming. And of course, it is neither. :)

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    1. We really like it, Ashley- it's definitely my favorite version. :)

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  10. I'm not a big cranberry fan, but the orange zest makes it sound a bit more appealing to me. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday, Adelina! :)

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  11. I just love this Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce, it looks so good! Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen, and thank you for hosting Full Plate Thursday! :)

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  12. That looks so good! Beautiful picture too. Cranberry and Orange is such a nice combination. Just stopping by from Saturday Night Fever!

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    1. Thank you, Mary- orange and cranberry is one of my favorite combinations! Thanks for stopping in from Saturday Night Fever! :)

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  13. I haven't tried making homemade cranberry sauce yet, but this recipe might be my first! Looks delicious, and I'm sure the orange adds a nice flavor. Thanks for sharing this with us at Saturday Night Fever, Joy!

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    1. Thank you, Andi! If you try it, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do! :) Thanks for hosting Saturday Night Fever.

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  14. I need to remember to make the cranberry sauce this way, the orange really makes it special. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us on foodie friday.

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    1. Thank you, Diane, and thanks for hosting FFF! :)

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  15. I love cranberry sauce and this recipe sounds so great with the orange mixed in. Cranberry sauce goes great with so many different things, I can't wait to make this!
    Thanks!
    Sami

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    1. Thank you, Sami, we really love it. It does go great with a lot of things- wonder why I never fix it except at Thanksgiving? :)

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  16. I love all things cranberry! It's one of my favorite things about this time of year!

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    1. Brianne, I think you are absolutely right- the holidays mean cranberries! :)

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  17. Congratulations Joy! Your delicious fresh cranberry orange sauce is one of my Top Features from last week's Sweet Wednesday Link Party! Stop by and grab a feature button and check out the other top features at: http://www.my-sweet-mission.com/2013/11/top-features-from-swlp-11.html

    Hugs,
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

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    1. Heather, thank you so much! I will come right over and see all of your features! :)

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  18. Yum! One can never have too many cranberry recipes!

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    1. Michelle, I think you are absolutely right! It's always fun to indulge in pumpkin and cranberry everything this time of year. ;)

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  19. How beautiful to have this on a Thanksgiving table! The zest on top contrasting with the cranberries is so eye-catching. Orange and cranberry sound lovely together...I know I sure like them together in muffins. This sure beats the pants off of that jiggly stuff in a can!
    Thank you for linking this week, Joy! If I don't "see" you before then, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I do love the orange-cranberry combination....I always seem to add a little more orange zest to the cranberries every year. :) I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too, Michelle. I am truly thankful for you.

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  20. Joy, this looks so delicious! I have never cared for Cranberry Sauce, as I have only ever been around the canned stuff. Your recipe makes me want to go get some fresh cranberries, and make my own sauce. Hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Cranberry sauce may be a little bit of an acquired taste, I don't know. :) When I was growing up, my mom would make a fresh cranberry relish for Thanksgiving- raw cranberries and raw oranges all chopped up fine with a little bit of sugar. I didn't care for it then, but I love it now.

      I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!!

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  21. I love cranberry sauce but I have never tried adding the orange flavor:)) I bet it is totally wonderful!!!

    Hugs

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    1. Well, it's our favorite, Evelyn! I'm a big fan of citrus, so I like to add it to almost anything. :)

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  22. Although I love cranberries and orange together, I've never thought to combine them in cranberry sauce! I may be trying 2 of your recipes next week! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays last week! {hugs}

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    1. Jamie, I love Freedom Fridays- thanks to you and Evelyn for hosting! If you like both cranberries and orange, you might like the Cranberry Orange Sauce. If you try it, I hope you love it! :)

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  23. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Miz Helen, thank you so very much! I really enjoy Full Plate Thursday- thank you for always hosting such a nice party! :)

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  24. Joy this just looks delicious!!
    This is featured at our Best Of The Weekend party this eve on my page. Yay!!
    Come on over and grab a "featured button" if you would like. Thanks so much again for linking up - we LOVE having you here.
    Lisa, Cindy and I look forward to seeing you again soon!! xo

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  25. Hi Joy!
    Cranberries are my favorite!! =) Especially this time of year!
    Stopping by from "The Shady Porch" Holiday party!

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    1. Melissa, cranberries just "make" the holidays, don't they? They're so good in so many things. Isn't the shady Porch party fun? Thank you for coming by from it! :)

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