Thanksgiving’s Best Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving’s Best Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving’s Best Cranberry Sauce

My absolute favorite meal of the year – Thanksgiving.  I’m going to do you a favor – I’m going to share the recipe for Thanksgiving’s Best Cranberry Sauce with you.  Unless your family doesn’t enjoy cranberry sauce, they will love this recipe and ask you how you did it.  You’ll be in charge of cranberry sauce for years to come.  Not.  Kidding.

If you’d like to learn a little about the how having cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving came to be you can do so on Martha Stewart’s site where she can tell you much better than I!

Thanksgiving's Best Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is super easy!

I love it when you start to hear the cranberries popping in the pot.  Once you dissolve your sugar in your orange juice – you add the cranberries and slowly cook it! You can hear them popping in the video below!

VIDEO – Thanksgiving’s Best Cranberry Sauce – Sweet Humble Home

There really are only two rules to making sure your cranberry sauce is good.

  • Rule 1: When you zest the orange, make sure you only get the orange zest, none of the pith.  The pith will make your sauce sour. (In case you don’t know – the pith is the white part)
  • Rule 2: Cook the sauce slowly so not to burn it.

Thanksgiving's Best Cranberry Sauce - Sweet Humble Home

Thanksgiving's Best Cranberry Sauce

November 13, 2018
: 6-8
: 5 min
: 20 min
: 25 min
: Easy

This is truly Thanksgiving's BEST Cranberry Sauce. You'll be asked to make it every year.


  • 12oz bag cranberries
  • 1/2c orange juice
  • 1/2c water
  • 1/2c brown sugar
  • 1/2c white sugar
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1pinch ground nutmeg
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • pinch of salt
  • Step 1 In a pan set to medium high combine water, orange juice, and sugar.
  • Step 2 Bring ingredients to a slow simmer. This will combine your ingredients.
  • Step 3 Once the sugar is dissolved, add your cranberries, orange zest, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Step 4 Lower your temperature to low.
  • Step 5 The cranberries will start to pop.
  • Step 6 Cook for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Step 7 Let cool and store until ready to serve.
  • Step 8 Cranberry sauce is best served at room temperature.
  • Step 9 Enjoy!

Go ahead and make it the day before

This side dish tastes best the day after it’s made, so go ahead and prep early.  You can actually make cranberry sauce several days early if you’d like.  After it has cooled,  just place the sauce in a pretty dish, cover it up and you’re all set for Thanksgiving.  Also take a look at these make-ahead holiday side dishes that I’ve included in a blogger roundup – you’ll love so many of them!


Here’s a hint – make two

They’re going to love it. I love it so much that I not only make two for Thanksgiving dinner, I also make a third.  For day after Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches.  What would a leftover sandwich be without cranberry sauce?

Do yourself a favor and add this recipe to your recipe box.  You won’t be sorry. After serving it this Thanksgiving, you’ll be asked to make it again!

If you are searching for other fun holiday ideas take a look at these:

How To Host a Stress Free Thanksgiving in 5 Steps

10 Thanksgiving Kitchen Essentials

12 Top Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

Enjoy your holidays!



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