This post was last updated on November 12, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video.
Okay…so November is upon us.
That means two things: (1) Time to start breaking out the boots and scarves and (2) Thanksgiving! Yipee!!
Thanksgiving has got to be one of my absolute favorite holidays. I love the food, the friends, and the family gathering at Thanksgiving.
Um…did I mention the food part? Cuz that’s so good. I mean, how can you beat a holiday that you spend all day with family while you cook, eat, watch football, and then eat some more? Right?
Oh my goodness, people, please try this best homemade cranberry sauce recipe. If you’ve never made cranberry sauce and you usually buy the canned stuff, you really won’t know what hit you.
My mom always bought the canned stuff when I was growing up, so I didn’t even know something else existed. I always enjoyed the smooth cranberry sauce that had the actual cranberries removed.
Then, on a whim in 2010, I decided to try to make my own homemade cranberry sauce. Talk about never going back!
The flavor combination of the fresh cranberries, orange juice, honey and bursts of freshly grated orange zest make this cranberry sauce to die for. Try these out and you’ll see what I mean. They are my favorite part of my Thanksgiving meal (and that’s saying a lot because I love all parts of Thanksgiving!).
Plus, you know me with the simple, right?. Homemade cranberry sauce really couldn’t be any easier. You literally add together the ingredients (there’s only 4), heat ‘em up, and then cool ‘em down.
I mean, c’mon. It’s not even fair.
So, so yummy.
Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce
- 1 bag fresh cranberries
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tbsp. freshly grated orange zest
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat.
- As the cranberries cook, they will start to pop. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15-20 minutes until you no longer hear the cranberries popping and it appears the sauce is thickening.
- Allow to cool and then refrigerate, if desired. As the sauce cools, it will thicken more and more.
- If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add more honey to taste, as this recipe makes a slightly tart cranberry sauce.