According to some conversations I’ve heard, you are either a fan of homemade cranberry sauce or canned. And this is true as there have been many members of my family that will only eat one or the other. For me, it has to be homemade. My Mammaw taught me how to make her recipe and for years that’s exactly how I made it. Until about the last 7 years. I started to cook the berries on the stove and each time I made it I would vary the ingredients.
But this is by far my favorite!
1 bag of Cranberries
1 cup Apple Cider (or water)
1-1/4 cup Sugar
Pinch each of Nutmeg and Ground Cloves
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
1 T Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla
Zest from an orange, and the juice
Wash, drain and pick through the cranberries. Place the berries in saucepan and add the cider (or water) and cook over a medium heat until the berries have popped, this should be a low simmer. Stir often and don’t let them boil!!
Reduce the heat to low and add the sugars, the spices, the orange zest and juice and stir until the sugar is melted. If you have some berries that have not popped you can mush them while you are stirring the mixture together.
When the sugars have melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Once cooled cover and refrigerate.
You can really change this up with some different flavors; I’ve added honey, orange marmalade, mango nectar, different liquors, and apples.
This is great served with your holiday meals or as a condiment on your sandwiches. Enjoy!