Monday, November 14, 2011

Simple and Easy Cranberry Sauce

Here is a very simple and easy recipe for making cranberry sauce. You do not have to buy the "cran in a can".

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups (1 12-oz package) fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions
  • Wash and pick over cranberries. In a saucepan bring to a boil water and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cranberries, return to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes or until cranberries burst.
  • At this point you can add all number of optional ingredients. We typically mix in a half a cup of roughly chopped pecans with or without a few strips of orange zest. You can add a cup of raisins or currants. You can add up to a pint of fresh or frozen blueberries for added sweetness. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice can be added too.
  • Remove from heat. Cool completely at room temperature and then chill in refrigerator. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.

Notes
  • Optional items that you can add are pecans, orange zest, raisins, currants, blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.
  • Cranberry sauce base makes 2 1/4 cups.
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