Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Simple Cranberry Sauce (With Video)

3-Ingredient Simple Cranberry Sauce is perfectly tangy and sweet. Cranberry Sauce is a Thanksgiving dinner must and with this simple recipe, it is sure to be a new tradition! It comes together in just about 10 minutes and you can make it days ahead and refrigerate it until Thanksgiving dinner.
Growing up, we had Thanksgiving dinner staples. These were dishes that were certain to make an appearance on the table every year. Our Thanksgiving staples were the turkey (of course), stuffing, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, creamed corn, dinner rolls and cranberry sauce.

I am sure there was something green too, but I have no recollection of its contribution as I had no intention of eating it. Maybe it was green beans. Growing up I was as picky an eater as they get!

Perhaps preparing Thanksgiving dinner for a large crew was overwhelming or we didn't know the difference, but Mom always bought the canned cranberry sauce and sliced it into coins. I never touched it.

It never looked appetizing. I love cranberries but it never even crossed my mind to put it on my plate. I am pretty sure I thought they were beets for a long time. When I grew up and moved cross-country, I had to start thinking about what I would have at Thanksgiving. Of course, I thought of all those things that were traditional in my family.

I was very excited until I got to the cranberry sauce. I knew I had to do something.

I started with fresh cranberries, sugar, and liquid. And it was divine. I have tried this recipe with cranberry juice, orange juice, water and even white wine. It is so simple and amazing. It is now my family tradition to enjoy my simple cranberry sauce every Thanksgiving, and I hope it will be your new tradition too!

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Helpful Tips to make Simple Cranberry Sauce:

  • If you prefer your cranberry sauce smooth, you can use a stick blender in the pot and blend until smooth. You can also transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.

What you will need to make Simple Cranberry Sauce:

  • Large Sauce Pan
  • Mesh Strainer – Normally you don’t need to drain the grease when cooking with lean ground beef, but if you do, a mesh strainer will help ensure you don’t lose any of the cooked meat.


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See how easy this Simple Cranberry Sauce is to make. Watch the video!!!

Yield: 4 Cups

Simple Cranberry Sauce

3-Ingredient Simple Cranberry Sauce is perfectly tangy and sweet. Cranberry Sauce is a Thanksgiving table must and with this simple recipe it is sure to be a new tradition!


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice


  1. Place cranberries in a strainer and rinse. Then pick through them for any bad cranberries. Remove any sticks or stems.
  2. Combine ingredients in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. As the cranberry sauce comes to a boil, the berries will begin to burst, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to simmer. Stir occasionally as the cranberry sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.
  4. Refrigerate and serve cold or at room temperature.


  1. If you prefer your cranberry sauce smooth, you can use a stick blender in the pot and blend until smooth. You can also transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.


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  1. This is great! So easy and good. It's my go-to recipe for cranberry sauce. Just basic, what people expect when they eat cranberry sauce, no exotic surprises for those who want traditional cranberry sauce. I will make this every time I make poultry. Not just for Thanksgiving! Life is short; make every poultry dish a holiday!

  2. I have been making it this way for years and wouldn't buy canned sauce unless in emergency,It is the best !

  3. i switched 1/2 cup of red wine (or sherry/port wine) for 1/2 cup OJ, added a diced serrano (or 2 jalapenos), finely diced 1/2 cup od walnuts and a cinnamon stick! unbelievably great!!!

  4. Thank you! How many servings is this?


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