Thanksgiving is almost here and everyone needs a cranberry sauce to compliment their Turkey dinner, right? This cranberry sauce is so simple to make and tastes 100 times better than the canned stuff. I remember devouring the canned stuff as a kid each Thanksgiving. I would peel open the can and dump out that big glop of gelled cranberry sauce onto the serving dish and call it a day. Easy peasy right? Well, yes, it was easy, but not so tasty, so move over canned sauce and say hello to the fresh stuff.
This recipe has been passed down from John’s mom, aka, mama mama. She got the nickname from Zoe when she was 2 years old, and it has stuck ever since. We all refer to her now as mama mama and she loves it! This sauce also makes a great hostess gift. We like to put the cranberry sauce into little glass jars, tie them with a cute bow and give them away throughout the holiday season.
cranberry orange sauce:
recipe handed down from mama mama
- 12 ounces (1 bag) fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed cloves – if you can’t find crushed cloves, just crush them with the back of a spoon or in a coffee grinder
- 1 orange cut into small chunks
- zest of one orange
Rinse your cranberries, zest and cut up your orange and measure out your ingredients.
Combine all the ingredients into small sauce pan.
Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until most of the cranberry skins pop.
I wish it was more complicated, but it’s not. Serve this up to your guests at Thanksgiving and they will be very thankful.
Remember, this sauce makes great hostess gifts. Just put the cranberry sauce into little glass jars, tie them with a cute bow, and give them away throughout the holiday season.