It’s Thanksgiving Week! Hooray! Who doesn’t love a holiday that’s ENTIRE focus is around food and how much of it we can eat in one sitting! (My kind of Holiday!) Throw in a football game and a parade with giant inflatable balloons, a long nap, and… hot diggity I’m in! Oh sure, there’s that gratitude thing! However, admit it…we’re all dreaming of golden big birds, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie and how to avoid sitting next to Uncle Charlie with that “gas” problem! lol
Alright, in all seriousness…It is a day of immense gratitude! How can we help but feel anything less than grateful for all that we have been given? Especially when our tables are laden down so heavily with such bounty! I always think of the scene in “A Christmas Carol” where Tiny Tim’s family has so little to eat at their holiday table. I realize there are many who suffer the same fate. Gratitude should always be served during the Holidays!
One of the things that makes our holiday tables so yummy are the “side dishes”. One of my favorite side dishes is homemade cranberry sauce. It compliments the Turkey so well! A fork loaded with juicy white turkey meat and a dab of this beautiful sauce and I’m in heaven. This recipe is so simple! Don’t do canned if you can squeeze making this in! You can, and should make it…like TODAY!
I’m sure you’ve seen several cranberry orange sauces by now and you are saying “Norine…what’s so special about yours?” I’ll tell you…I spice mine up a bit with some cinnamon. The addition of the cinnamon is…um, in a word…WOW! I beg you…PLEASE make this sauce this year. It is life changing!
Don’t blink or you’ll miss this one!
In a medium sauce pan place one cup of orange juice. (I used minute maid country with pulp!) 1 cup sugar. 1 package fresh ocean spray cranberries, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. That’s it! (I know…right?)
Bring the mixture to a low boil stirring occasionally. Now for the fun part. The cranberries will “pop” as they heat up and expand breaking the skins. (The littles love this!) That’s exactly what you want to have happen. It releases the “meat” of the berry. It thickens the sauce.
Continue cooking the sauce on low for about 35-40 minutes. Some, not all, of your juices should have evaporated during cooking.
Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature. Place the Spiced Cranberry Orange sauce into an air tight storage container and keep in your refrigerator until ready to serve. I make mine several days in advance so the flavors have a chance to really blend together. The sweetness of the oranges with the tang of the cranberries and the hint of the nutty cinnamon is so yummy!
Place in a small serving dish. Garnish with an orange curl and a few sugared cranberries! Isn’t that beautiful! Those ruby-red cranberries look like jewels of sparkling deliciousness in that dish!
Don’t worry about leftovers! This sauce can be used for so many other wonderful dishes! Cranberry Cinnamon rolls! On Turkey sandwiches! On top of your Christmas Ham! A facial mask! (Okay, not that one! lol) This is one “condiment” that you will want to lick the bowl after it is long gone!
I’m including the printable below. I hope your family and friends will love this cranberry sauce as much as the family at this Nest! I’m so excited for this holiday! To have my table filled with all those that I love. I’ve spent my day doing lots of prep work and I hope you are doing the same. Don’t weigh yourself down on the day of with too much to do! This is a big meal and it takes a lot of preparation.
I’m so grateful for each of you! Thanks for stopping by my Nest today! If I can help with any Thanksgiving cooking questions please feel free to comment or email me. You can comment below or reach me by email under the “Contact Me” tab. Have a fantastic day!