Three great (and easy) Thanksgiving sides recipes, part 3: Homemade cranberry sauce

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 11/23, 2016 at 11:08 AM

Three great (and easy) Thanksgiving sides recipes, part 3: Homemade cranberry sauce

Editor’s note: This week in the three days leading up to Thanksgiving, we will feature three ideas for sides that you can pull together with a minimal amount of ingredients and little stress. Today’s third recipe is cranberry sauce.

For whatever reason, in my experience it seems that many people feel that cranberry sauce is beyond their cooking abilities. This is something I really don’t understand, because cranberry sauce is extremely easy to make.

While Cranberry Sauce a la Bart (aka Bart Simpson’s name for cranberry sauce out of a can) is pretty much as simple as can be, homemade cranberry sauce (surprise surprise) is so much better. You can up your cranberry sauce game with a variety of additions, such as raisins, currants, nuts, etc. This cranberry sauce recipe gets some flavor from traditional holiday flavors, and toasted walnuts.

Cranberry Sauce with Walnuts and Holiday Spice


- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 12 oz of fresh cranberries
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Half cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg and cinnamon


- Combine orange juice and sugar in large saucepan.
- Bring orange juice and sugar to a boil.
- Stir in nutmeg and cinnamon, lower heat to a simmer.
- Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
- Stir in cranberries, cook until cranberries pop, which should be about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
- This can be served warm, at room temp, or chilled, but stir in walnuts just before serving.


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