Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a staple for many Christmas tables and this 5 minute sauce is better than anything you can buy in the shops.

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

I like to make mine on Christmas Eve so it’s super fresh for the next day and if you’re braving the shops tomorrow, you have just enough time to do the same!

Makes: around 300g sauce
Cooking time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
100ml orange juice (roughly 2/3 oranges)
250g cranberries
Zest of an orange
100g light muscovado sugar
3 tbsp port or sherry (optional)

Method


1. Place everything into the pan and cook for 5 minutes until the cranberries are at bursting point. Remove from the heat and leave to cool before spooning into a jar (or straight into a serving dish if you’re making it on Christmas morning) and placing in the fridge. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

2. If you like your sauce a little smoother, place the mixture into a hand blender and blitz for a second or two. You don’t want a liquid.

The sauce will keep in the fridge for up to a week (perfect for post-Christmas turkey sandwiches), or you can freeze it for up-to two months.

 

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

You cannot beat fresh ingredients – look at those colours!

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

Ribbons of orange zest add both taste and texture to your sauce.

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

If you have time, squeeze your own orange juice. It’s so much nicer and it doesn’t matter if you get any pulp in the sauce, it adds to the flavour.

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

Once you’ve added the sugar, stir through to coat the cranberries.

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

Bring to a gentle boil before reducing and simmering until you hear the cranberries begin to pop.

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

Most of our cranberries are whole, some have burst and others are just about to. This is when you remove them from the heat and ladle into jars.

Cranberry Sauce, recipe, food blogger, Foodie for Thought blog

Leave to cool before putting the jars into the fridge. Enjoy with your Christmas dinner or add to turkey sandwiches to make use of leftovers.

Cranberry sauce is also nice stirred into warm winter dishes like casseroles – give it a try!



Victoria

 

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