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How to Make Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Everyone needs to know How to Make Perfect Cranberry Sauce.  Tart and sweet with a fresh citrus flavor, this cranberry sauce will touch everyone’s plate on Thanksgiving.

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Oh, the cranberry sauce.  It really is necessary at every Thanksgiving table.  I mean what is stuffing without its cousin cranberry?  Nothing I tell you, nothing!
Here is my confession, I am not a huge Cranberry fan, so I tend to avoid the cranberry sauce.  Finally, after years of just dumping a can of cranberry sauce into a bowl and warming it up in the microwave, I decided it was time to come up with a sauce that I would actually enjoy.
The first year I served this I was told by my father, husband, son, and friends that they loved the recipe.  They all say that this is the best and I always get requests for the recipe.  I think the port and zest give it just enough sweet zing to help with the tart cranberry flavor.

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This sauce can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to two months.  
I hope you give it a try this Thanksgiving, and let me know what you think.

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This sauce can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to two months.   I hope you give it a try this Thanksgiving, and let me know what you think.This sauce can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to two months.   I hope you give it a try this Thanksgiving, and let me know what you think. 

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How to Make Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 10 -12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ruby port
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 whole star anise
  • Pinch salt
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the port, maple syrup, star anise, salt and 1/2 cup water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to blend. As soon as it starts to boil, remove it from the heat, cover and let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the star anise into the liquid.
  • Pick through the cramberries fro stems, rinse them well in a colander and drain.
  • Return the liquid to boil over medium high heat and add the cranberries. When the mixture again returns to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook, occasionally stirring gently, until most of the berries have popped open and the sauce thickens slightly. 8-10 minutes.
  • Discard star of anise. Stir in zest and let sauce cool to room temperature.

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This sauce can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to two months.   I hope you give it a try this Thanksgiving, and let me know what you think.

 

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  1. Amy Sue this cranberry sauce recipe sounds amazing! I’m not a fan of the stuff either but the addition of port and star anise I think would make it really yummy. And what a great way to use port! Not that I don’t like drinking it too – it’s too sweet for me to want more than an occasional small glass though, and once opened, ruby port should be consumed within a week (according to my sommelier hubby). Now if it were a great Pinot or Cab, well that’s another story.
    Anyways, thanks for the great idea – now I know what to do with that half bottle of port that’s been sitting on my counter since last Sunday.
    Cheers,
    Sue

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