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Cranberry Sauce - A Family Feast

Cranberry Sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 12-ounce bags fresh cranberries, preferably Ocean Spray
  • Zest and juice from two navel oranges
  • 1 tart apple, peeled, cored and shredded
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon dry cardamom


  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until thick. Stir often.
  2. Remove the cinnamon sticks from the mixture. Pour into a serving dish and refrigerate to chill – at least 4-6 hours.
  3. If you’d like, you can pour the sauce into a low flat bowl like we did and then, once set and ready to serve, invert the cranberry sauce onto a plate and unmold. Garnish with additional orange zest if desired.

Keywords: homemade cranberry sauce