Hello friends and happy Thanksgiving Eve Day!! I’ve been busy since the weekend with preparations, and I’m documenting the journey on Instagram Stories here.
I’m going to keep this short today, because I’ve got pies and sides to get to along with a little last minute food shopping! This Spiced Cranberry Sauce recipe is one I’ve been making for years. An old co-worker gave me the recipe, and described it as the cranberry sauce for people who hate cranberry sauce. At the time, I hated cranberry sauce. I grew up with the canned stuff, and I’m pretty sure I never even once tried it. The look of it alone was enough to scare me off. I was never a very picky eater as child, but for some reason, I would not give canned cranberry sauce a chance! This hatred for cranberry sauce continued on through most of my 20’s until I finally made this recipe. Now, it’s one of my favorite things at the buffet.
Luckily too, the recipe is quite simple. Start by simmering sugar, orange peel, cloves, allspice, cinnamon and black pepper in a healthy amount of red wine. Once the mixture reduces a bit and the spices have had some time to release their flavor, the wine syrup is strained. A bag of fresh cranberries is then simmered in the rich syrup until they burst and soften. And that’s it! You’ve got homemade cranberry sauce. It’s sweet. It’s spiced. It’s tangy. And it’s an absolute dream on slices of gravied turkey. I like to make this sauce at least a day in advance to let the flavors marry even more in the fridge. Continue reading for the cranberry sauce recipe plus my Thanksgiving 2016 menu!!