Don’t even think of showing up for Thanksgiving or Christmas without this lightly sweet, spiced Best Ever Cranberry Sauce. It’s my most requested version, and it will take only minutes to make.
Will you trust me if I ask you to branch out a little in your Thanksgiving Day meal? It won’t be painful, I promise, and it will be delicious.
Do NOT buy a can of cranberry sauce to serve with your turkey. Instead, buy a bag of fresh cranberries, and make my favorite sauce, which is a lightly sweet, spiced version. It takes all of 15 minutes to make it, so don’t even think of using lack of time as an excuse!
I’ve experimented with dozens of versions of cranberry sauce over the years – with Port, with Grand Marnier, with blueberries, with cherries, with raisins and nuts, making it a chutney, with sour cream and onions – even doing a cranberry sauce taste test with three different versions a few years in a row. While the taste tests were certainly fun and delicious, it soon became clear that everyone kept reaching for the same dish repeatedly, year after year.
This is the hands-down most requested recipe. If you make it a week or more before your dinner, the flavors will meld nicely. This is important, so don’t make it last minute if you can possibly make it earlier.
Put down that can. You can do better!
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- Make these Jaw Droppingly Good Cranberry Mimosas  the next day. Put your feet up and enjoy your long weekend!
- Eat with grilled sausages
- Eat with roast pork or roast chicken
- Mix equal parts with mayonnaise for a sandwich spread
- Make an oil and vinegar salad dressing and stir a bit of Cranberry Sauce in for a lightly sweet dressing
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This recipe was originally published Nov. 19, 2010, and has been updated with refreshed wording and photos for republication Nov. 5, 2018.
The prior photo is below, for posterity.