Cranberry Sauce

*This simple Cranberry Sauce is the perfect sweet addition to Thanksgiving dinner. Flavored with tangerine juice and cinnamon, the citrusy and tart sauce pairs perfectly with turkey.*

This simple Cranberry Sauce, flavored with fresh tangerines and cinnamon, is the perfect sweet addition to Thanksgiving dinner! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #thanksgiving #cranberrysauce

It seems to me that part of the passage to adulthood is planning and cooking your own Thanksgiving dinner. Now, don’t let my scare you off so quickly. I know that that is an enormous undertaking, and one that we might not feel ready to tackle for at least another couple of years. But by the time you’re in your twenties, we should all be able to contribute at least one dish to the table, right?

This simple Cranberry Sauce, flavored with fresh tangerines and cinnamon, is the perfect sweet addition to Thanksgiving dinner! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #thanksgiving #cranberrysauce

Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays, and I love that it’s a time for family and friends to set aside work and the other stresses in life, to come together to simply enjoy a nice meal. Whether you’re going to be with your family this year, or celebrating at a friendsgiving extravaganza, imagine how proud and accomplished you’ll feel to add a delicious dish to the table. Now, here’s a little trick for you: there’s no need to man the turkey or craft a complicated stuffing. Stick with something simple, but choose a crowd favorite that’s a vital component of the meal: cranberry sauce!

This simple Cranberry Sauce, flavored with fresh tangerines and cinnamon, is the perfect sweet addition to Thanksgiving dinner! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #thanksgiving #cranberrysauce

I’ve been making this simple and delicious cranberry sauce for years. It’s honestly so easy to make: just combine fresh cranberries, sugar, and a few delicious flavorings, then let them do their thing on the stove. Fresh tangerine juice is my secret addition; it adds a fun, citrusy spin and the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This cranberry sauce pairs perfectly with turkey, making it a great addition to any Thanksgiving spread. And any leftovers are delicious spread on a grilled cheese sandwich or paired with sausages for an easy dinner.

This simple Cranberry Sauce, flavored with fresh tangerines and cinnamon, is the perfect sweet addition to Thanksgiving dinner! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #thanksgiving #cranberrysauce

Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This simple Cranberry Sauce is the perfect sweet addition to Thanksgiving dinner. Flavored with tangerine juice and cinnamon, the citrusy and tart sauce pairs perfectly with turkey.

  • This sauce can be made ahead of time. Store covered in the fridge, then remove and let come to room temperature before serving.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 tangerines
  • 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in a saucepan.
  2. Zest and then juice tangerines and lemon, and add zest and juice to the pan.
  3. Place pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring regularly, until berries burst and the liquid begins to thicken, about six minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool, then remove and discard cinnamon sticks.

This simple Cranberry Sauce, flavored with fresh tangerines and cinnamon, is the perfect sweet addition to Thanksgiving dinner! | The Millennial Cook #fallrecipe #thanksgiving #cranberrysauce

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