Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe
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Very easy to make (in advance!). The OJ and the cloves are the secret!
: Side Dish
Serves: 6-8
  • 12 oz bag of cranberries, picked through
  • ¾ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of orange juice – fresh squeezed is best, but "Simply Orange" is my go-to
  • ½ cup honey or agave
  • 2-4 tablespoons brown sugar, to taste
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Dash of nutmeg
  1. In a medium saucepan, rinse and pick through cranberries; drain well. Add water, juice, honey, brown sugar and spices. Using a heatproof (black, if you have it) spatula, stir to combine (warning: a wooden spoon will stain).
  2. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer 25-35 minutes, until cranberries burst and mixture becomes "jam-like", or to desired thickness. Remove from heat, or transfer to a bowl, and cool. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves (count to be sure you got them all!) and serve at room temp.
  3. If chilling, this can be made up to 2 days in advance and chilled in a covered container.
Recipe by Firefly Tales at