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It’s hard to get excited about cranberry sauce. Come Thanksgiving, it’s mostly just an afterthought–often just scooped right out of the can and plopped into a bowl (if it’s remembered at all.)  In fact, until I tried this amazing recipe from my Auntie Lois, I don’t think I ever realized that cranberry sauce could be something more.
It truly is delicious–the world’s BEST cranberry sauce. Even people who don’t normally like cranberry sauce (i.e. my husband) LOVE this recipe. And it can be made a few days ahead of time–it even tastes better that way–which can definitely help keep things calmer on Thanksgiving Day.
Try it just one time and you’ll never go back to the canned stuff!
Here’s what you need:
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 1/2 green tart apples, peeled
2 ripe pears, peeled
2 oranges, squeezed to make 1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 cup raisins
1 tbsp. orange rind
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 c. triple sec (liquor)

STEP ONE: Mix all ingredients except the triple sec together in a saucepan. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes until thickened.

STEP TWO: Stir in triple sec. Cool to room temperature and store in refrigerator until serving time.

The World's Best Cranberry Sauce

Once you've tried this incredible homemade version, you'll never go back to the canned stuff!

Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 half green tart apple, peeled
  • 2 whole ripe pears, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp orange rind
  • 1 cup sugar
  • t tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup triple sec (liquor)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except the triple sec together in a saucepan.  Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes until thickened.  

  2. Stir in triple sec.  Cool to room temperature and store in refrigerator until serving time.

Sweet Homemade Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving Dinner

Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people everywhere create a life they love by follwing their dreams and achieving their biggest goals. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy®. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love, which was the inspiration for this book. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and 2 daughters Maggie & Annie.
Ruth Soukup