This homemade cranberry sauce has the BEST tart and tangy flavor thanks to a secret ingredient! It’s a must for a classic, homemade Thanksgiving meal.
It’s no surprise that I’m a huge believer that nothing beats the flavor of homemade, made-from-scratch recipes. But I do have a confession to make.
I really, really love cranberry sauce from a can. You know, the kind that slides right out of the can and retains the can’s shape, ridges and all. Yep, that’s the one!
My perfect Thanksgiving meal includes both the canned cranberry sauce AND this homemade cranberry sauce. Because even though I love the canned version, it just doesn’t compare to the homemade recipe!
That’s because this homemade cranberry sauce recipe includes a secret ingredient – orange zest – to create a flavor that’s perfectly balanced between tart and tangy.
P.S. In case you missed it, I shared my all-time favorite Thanksgiving stuffing recipe earlier this week. Be sure to stop back next week, because I’ll be sharing more of my favorite classic Thanksgiving recipes!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 tsp. orange zest
Place a serving bowl in the fridge to chill.
Add the water and sugar to a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil until the sugar dissolves.
Add the cranberries. Simmer the berries in the syrup without stirring until they begin to become translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam. Then add the orange zest and stir gently until combined.
Pour the berries into the chilled bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.