Happy Thanksgiving! If your house is anything like mine, you already have both ovens fired up, and the turkey has been brining since yesterday. With so much craziness going into this holiday, I am definitely looking to cut a few corners… thank you Pillsbury! One thing I simply cannot go store bought on is the cranberry sauce. As a kid, I HATED cranberry sauce. I don’t know something about the way the canned sauce jiggles is just the furthest thing from appealing to me. That all changed that one year where my grandma opted to make it from scratch. Ever since that fateful holiday, it has been homemade or bust.
This simple and oh so delicious recipe screams Thanksgiving with its hues of cinnamon and orange floating throughout each bite.
Orange Cranberry Sauce
2 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cup of water
8 cups ( approximately two bags of fresh cranberries )
2 cinnamon sticks
The juice of 1 orange
The zest of 1 orange
Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse them picking out and discarding any damaged cranberries. Bring the water to a boil and add the sugar, juice of 1 orange, and the zest of 1 orange. When everything begins to dissolve add your cranberries and two cinnamon sticks to the pot. Once the cranberries have burst lower the heat to allow the cranberries to simmer and thicken up. Remove the cranberry sauce from the heat and allow to completely cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon sticks, and any larger pieces of orange zest and transfer to a glass dish. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill until serving.
What are some of your must have homemade dishes for Thanksgiving?