Kick the Can Cranberry Sauce

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Whether you’re a lover of canned cranberry sauce at the holidays or not, I KNOW you’ll fall head over heels in love with this homemade version. With only a few ingredients and less than 15 minutes, you’ll have your house smelling divine and a bowl of fresh cranberry sauce that will turn even the most can-committed guests into believers.

Make this sauce the night before or early the morning of to give your house the holiday scent. (If you’re looking for a stovetop potpourri, throw all ingredients below, minus the maple syrup, into a saucepan and simmer on the back burner. Re-add water as needed!)


What you’ll need:

3 cups of cranberries

Zest of 1 orange

2 oranges, juiced

1/3 cup real, pure maple syrup (no Aunt Jemima), plus more to taste

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup water


What to do:

 *note this is what the stovetop potpourri looks like! whole oranges slices work for that but stick with the juice and zest for the sauce!

*note this is what the stovetop potpourri looks like! whole oranges slices work for that but stick with the juice and zest for the sauce!

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer. Cranberries will start to pop. Stir occasionally.

Once the mixture starts to cook, you can use the back of a wooden spoon to pop some of the cranberries until you can a thick sauce. Leave some cranberries whole for contrast and texture!

If storing, let cool and then keep in a glass, air tight container.

You can make this up to a week in advance!

Take the container out the morning of or a few hours before serving to bring to room temperature. Or if your prefer your sauce to be warm, heat up in the microwave or on the stove!

Hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful holiday this year. Remember quality over quantity when it comes to ingredients and definitely go for the second helping of pie ;)

Xx Kendall