Team homemade and chunky
I feel like alot of people really feel strongly about their cranberry sauce. Are you team canned and jiggly or team homemade and chunky? If I’m being totally honest, I like both. My mom normally served the canned jiggly kind growing up so I have a certain nostalgia for it, but these days I normally make my own so I can adjust the sweetness and flavor to my own preferences.
This Orange Cranberry Sauce starts with fresh whole cranberries, which are sweetened with orange juice, orange zest, and honey then spiced with a measure of cinnamon. A quick simmer on the stove, and that’s it. Simple, tasty, and wholly necessary for that perfect forkful on turkey day. This Orange Cranberry Sauce comes together in one pot in 15-minutes or less!
Ideas for serving leftover Orange Cranberry Sauce
- It makes for a tremendous cold leftover turkey sandwich the next day
- Don’t limit yourself to turkey though, this sauce is super tasty poured over roasted chicken and fish as well as meatballs!
- Three words: Cranberry grilled cheese (you’re welcome!)
- As an appetizer, spiced with jalapenos and poured over a block of cream cheese for an easy appetizer paired with crackers or slices of baguette
- This sauce is killer on top of this Cranberry Jalapeno pizza (recipe coming soon!)
- Stirred into your favorite bbq sauce for wing night!
- Plop a dollop on top of yogurt (sprinkle with some Grain-Free Granola or Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Granola for a festive parfait!)
- Stir a generous spoonful into a bowl of hot cereal like this Hogwarts Scottish Porridge
- Bagel + shmear + Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Slather it on your morning toast (or a leftover roll!) with creamy butter
- Or go one step further and cream a bit into a slick of softened butter for a tasty cranberry butter! — Check out this post for other delicious Compound Butter ideas!
- Warm it back up and use to top pancakes, waffles, french toast, and crepes with a dollop of whipped cream
- Skip the cherry pie filling and use this sauce to top a slice of classic cheesecake!
How long will this Orange Cranberry Sauce keep?
If kept properly in an airtight container in the fridge, this Orange Cranberry Sauce should keep for around 10-14 days.
WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE?
- A medium saucepan
- A wooden spoon or spatula
- Measuring cups and measuring spoons
- A citrus zester
- A citrus juicer
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A note for special diets
This Orange Cranberry Sauce is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and friendly for Paleo and vegetarian diets.
This Orange Cranberry Sauce is sweetened with orange juice and zest, honey, and cinnamon — and can be made in 15 minutes or less!
- 12 oz. fresh cranberries
- 1/3 cup orange juice (I prefer to use fresh since I’m already zesting the fruit. You’ll need atleast one large orange or two medium ones)
- zest of one orange (about 1 tbsp)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- In a medium pot over medium heat, combine all of the ingredients. Allow to come to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often until most of the cranberries have burst.
- Remove from heat. The cranberry sauce will thicken substantially as it cools.
Nutritional information on Whip & Wander is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
- Serving Size: about 1/4 cup
- Calories: 57
- Sugar: 10 g
- Sodium: 0 g
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 g
Keywords: Orange Cranberry Sauce