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Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

It may be four days from Thanksgiving, but preparing for the big day has already begun.  You remembered to take the turkey out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator, right?  If not, make a lot of room in the fridge, and get that bird in there before it’s too late.  A frozen turkey will take a few days to safely thaw.

You can start the Thanksgiving cooking process early as well.  Pass on the canned version this year and make your own homemade Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce.

fresh cranberries in a bowl

On a quiet night this week, when you have the kitchen to yourself, put on some traditional Christmas music and make a cup of Earl Grey tea.  When you have rested for a moment and calmed your mind, then it is time to awaken the senses with popping cranberries as they melt with the sugar, and the aroma of sweet spices perfume the air.

how to make cranberry sauce?
making cranberry sauce at home for thanksgiving

After the fresh, little red pearls burst and transform into a sugary cranberry sauce, add in orange zest and juice along with the wonderfully warming spices of Ceylon cinnamonginger, clove, and vanilla.  The red potion will hypnotize you as it bubbles and steams and thickens, lifting your spirit for the upcoming holiday season. 

Once it cools, make a little bit more room in the refrigerator and give that thawing turkey some company with homemade Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce, ready to be served on this year’s Thanksgiving table.

Homemade Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce by SeasonWithSpice.com

Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce by Season with Spice 
Makes about 2 1/2 cups

3 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup raw sugar or light brown sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 tsp Season with Spice's ground ginger or 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/4 tsp of Season with Spice's ground Ceylon cinnamon
1/8 tsp of Season with Spice's ground clove
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
A squeeze of lemon juice (optional, but it adds a refreshing note)
For a fancier version, add in a swirl of bourbon or port.

1. Combine cranberries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix well and as the sugar starts to dissolve, about 2 to 3 minutes, add water along with orange juice, zest, spices (and Bourbon or Port if using) and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook mixture gently for about 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Finally, squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.
2. Remove from heat, cover pan, and let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Or you can prepare the sauce a few days ahead, and then store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

- Make this Orange-Spiced Cranberry Sauce any time of the year as a filling in cookies and cakes and bars, as a jam for your morning toast or bagel, or as a side for pork chops or another meat dish.


Rosa May said...
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BiteMyCake said...

Now that you're in the US, you can enjoy Thanksgiving and this type of food :) I've always been a sucker for cranberry sauces, but they're not traditional here in Croatia. However, I will make one these days, thanks for the lovely recipe!

Wok with Ray said...

Turkey in the fridge for 4 days? You mean I can't put the bird out in the yard that Thanksgiving morning to thaw? Hmm, no wonder we feel kinda weird every after Thanksgiving. Lol! Nothing beats fresh Cranberry sauce and your is soo beautiful and vibrant.

I know I haven't been visiting your blog as often as I wanted to as I am just very busy and I am so sorry about that. You guys have a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

~ ray ~

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Rosa!

mjskit @ mjskitchen.com said...

I never have room for a turkey in the fridge or freezer so I'm picking up a fresh turkey on Wednesday. We'll brine, it then pack it in ice in the ice chest overnight. We've been doing that for years and I'm still here to tell the tale! :) Love your cranberry sauce recipe! I add orange zest, but I've never added ginger. That does sound like a delicious addition! Hope you and Mark have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving in your new home!!

Season with Spice said...

Haha, not where you are in sunny California. In Minnesota, we just put ours in a cooler in the garage to thaw out.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks MJ, we hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

justonecookbook said...

What a beautiful cranberry sauce. This year I didn't get to eat any Thanksgiving food and I wish I have a turkey slice with this cranberry sauce. Hope you had a nice holiday with your family. I assume it was more Thanksgiving-like in the colder weather and everything. Last time I was in Taiwan during Christmas, and I told my husband I need to spend the Christmas here in the US to fully enjoy it. :)

Ca4ole said...

there. The current Food on Friday is all about Christmas! It would be great if you linked in any Xmas
favourites you have. This is the
. Have a good week.

Season with Spice said...

Ah...I know you mean, Nami. For the best atmosphere, Christmas celebration has be in the US. Mark & I will only visit Malaysia during Chinese New Year or festivals that are more celebrated there, not during Christmas:)

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