No Thanksgiving meal is complete without a huge bowl of cranberry sauce on the side, but the unnaturally red, Jello-like substance that comes from a can will never serve your roasted bird justice. Fresh is always better, and the same holds true for cranberries.  These tart, flavorful berries are currently in season, so do yourself a favor and make your cranberry sauce from scratch this Thanksgiving.  It’ll impress your family and friends, plus you can slather the leftover sauce on turkey and stuffing sandwiches (#leftovers4dayz).


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6-8


3 cups, or roughly 12 ounces fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 whole nutmeg seed
Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Add cranberries, sugar and nutmeg to about an inch of boiling water. Stir occasionally for 10 minutes.

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2. Once cranberries begin to burst and boil over, add the orange juice, orange zest and cinnamon, then stir to combine.

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3. Lower heat and stir frequently to prevent the sauce from burning.

4. Once the sauce reduces to a caramel-like consistency, remove from heat and serve.

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