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The Best Cranberry Sauce has a little Orange & a little Amaretto

Growing up, I thought I did not like cranberry sauce. It turns out, I was turned off by the red stuff that wobbled in the shape of the can it slid out of.

Real cranberry sauce is simple and delicious and fun to make. I love it when the cranberries start bursting! Seriously, my sense of accomplishment at that moment is outstanding!

If you are looking for the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table, this cranberry sauce, from The Farm Girl Gabs, is perfection. It’s easy (prep time is five minutes, cook time is 20 minutes) and delicious. It’s sweet and tart and great warm or at room temperature. And, it can be made up to a week in advance.


Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur (or 3/4 tsp. almond extract)
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (1-2 oranges, depending on size)
  • 1/4 cup water

Recipe

Rinse and drain the cranberries. Discard the wonky ones.

Put them in a large pot (the pot should be twice as high as they are).

Cooking Cranberry Sauce
This pot is TOOOOOOOOO small. Go deeper!

Stir in the sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and water.

Over medium heat, bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes. You should see many burst cranberries by now. You do not have to stir constantly but be mindful in case your heat gets too high it can boil over (this may or may not have happened to me…foodie fail).

Reduce the heat and bring the sauce to a simmer. Stir in the amaretto and simmer for 20 minutes. It should be thick but not runny.

Remove from heat allow to cool before refrigerating. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in a glass container for easier reheating and to preserve the flavor. Can be made up to seven days in advance.

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Enjoy!

Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce from The Farm Girl Gabs is perfection. It's easy (prep time is five minutes, cook time is 20 minutes) and delicious. It's sweet and tart and great warm or at room temperature. And, it can be made up to a week in advance.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Holiday: Christmas, Holiday: Thanksgiving
Keyword: christmas, cranberry, side dish, thanksgiving

Equipment

  • zester
  • deep pot 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur (or 3/4 tsp. almond extract)
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (1-2 oranges, depending on size)
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the cranberries. Discard the wonky ones.
  • Put them in a large pot (the pot should be twice as high as they are).
  • Stir in the sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and water.
  • Over medium heat, bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes. You should see many burst cranberries by now. You do not have to stir constantly but be mindful in case your heat gets too high it can boil over.
  • Reduce the heat and bring the sauce to a simmer. Stir in the amaretto and simmer for 20 minutes. It should be thick but not runny.
  • Remove from heat allow to cool before refrigerating. It can be served immeadiately. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Notes

Remove from heat allow to cool before refrigerating. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in a glass container for easier reheating and to preserve the flavor. Can be made up to seven days in advance.

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