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Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Making your own cranberry sauce is surprisingly easy and somehow satisfying. This orange ginger version is tart, sweet and bright. Make this traditional dish for your holidays and beyond.

Homemade Cranberry sauce in a white bowl.

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The cranberry wasn’t at the first Thanksgiving dinner but this fruit is indigenous to this country. The Native Americans likely knew about this berry and probably consumed it. The first settlers, however likely didn’t have any sugar available to them and would have shied away from this tart American fruit.

In the era of Salt Fat Acid Heat, this powerful acidic condiment shouldn’t be relegated to just the holidays. This condiment/side dish can really punch up any bland dish. Think chutney and salsas and about using cranberry sauce to compliment your savory dishes, wraps, desserts, buttermilk biscuits and even smoothies. Like most dishes, you are only limited by your imagination.

Homemade Orange Ginger Cranberry sauce in a white bowl with grated lemon rind.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is cranberry sauce healthy for you?Cranberries are high in Vitamins C and K. They also have antioxidants and anthocyanins, a compound associated with decreased cancer risk. Cranberry sauce also have a high amount of sugar, making it challenging for those who have a glucose-related disease such as hypoglycemia and diabetes.
  • Is cranberry sauce supposed to be sweet or sour?It is both sweet and tart.
  • What do you eat cranberry sauce with?It’s a great acidic condiment to use with savory dishes, use like a jam on biscuits and toast, make a dessert out of it with the help of wonton wrappers, crescent roll dough or puff pastry sheets.
  • How long does fresh cranberry sauce last?About a week, maybe longer in the refrigerator, up to six months in the freezer.
  • Can I freeze cranberry sauce?Yes! It can usually keep for six months.

Why I Love This Recipe

The number one reason, as usual, why I love this recipe is because it’s easy to make. The second reason is because it makes a bright, acidic condiment to use with savory dishes like you would a chutney or salsa. You can also make an easy dessert with the help of store-bought pastry dough.

Cranberries in a colander.

How to Make Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries, sugar and mandarin oranges.
Gather your ingredients.
Mandarin juice from the can in a measuring cup.
Add your liquid.
Cranberries and ginger in a pan.
Simmer everything over low-medium heat.
Cooked cranberries in a white bowl.
Garnish and serve.
Homemade Orange Ginger Cranberry sauce in a white bowl with grated lemon rind.
A spoonful of cranberry sauce.

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Homemade Orange Ginger Cranberry sauce in a white bowl with grated lemon rind.

Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Making your own cranberry sauce is surprisingly easy and somehow satisfying. This orange ginger version is tart, sweet and bright. Make this traditional dish for your holidays and beyond.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 11 oz canned mandarin oranges
  • 2 tsp fresh, minced ginger

  • OPTIONAL GARNISH - Grated fresh lemon rind

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, add cranberries and sugar, bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.
  2. Add ginger and oranges, continue simmering for 5 more minutes.
  3. garnish as desired and serve.

Notes

  1. You can use frozen cranberries.
  2. You can also add a splash of bourbon or sherry in order to add an additional flavor kick.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 0g

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Resources

The First Thanksgiving Meal

Health Benefits of Cranberries

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