Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, November 24, 2009

I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner this year and I am excited. To say the least. I don’t want to leave anything out and I just realized I’m making almost three dishes per person. Crazy. Trust me, I know. But I love this stuff.

I’ve been scouring food network and foodie blogs trying to find just what I want to make for our dinner. This recipe for cranberry sauce from Our Best Bites caught my attention because of the way it’s prepared. Instead of having to hover over the cranberries while they cook on the stovetop, you can stick them in a baking dish in the oven and forget about ‘em. I like that.

I went ahead and made mine yesterday to have another dish out of the way before all my major cooking tomorrow and Thursday. Not only is it convenient, it’s good too. I’d definitely recommend this recipe for a traditional cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce
by Our Best Bites

1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1 stick cinnamon
1 very small pinch ground cloves
1 cup white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash cranberries and place in 9×13 baking dish. Add orange juice, water, cloves, and cinnamon stick and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake 1 hour. Remove from oven, remove cinnamon stick, and allow to cool.

If you like it with more texture, mash berries with a potato masher; if you prefer it smooth, process in blender or food processor until desired consistency is reached. Or if you have an immersion blender, use that. That’s what I did. What a good purchase. I highly recommend them. Saves dishes. Who doesn’t like that?

2 Responses to “Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce”

  1. craftygal86 says:

    My husband and I also hosted our first Thanksgiving this year. 17 people! It was kind of hectic, but lots of fun. I will admit, a good homemade cranberry sauce is my favorite Thanksgiving dish (besides dessert of course). I say ditch the gravy and pour on the berries! This recipe sounds really good with the cinnamon and cloves, I'll have to try that next time.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Wow! 17 people! That's awesome. We only had 6, but I think I made enough food for 17. :-) And I'm totally with you on the cranberries. Yum.

    Thanks for reading!

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