I’m not sure the appeal of canned jellied cranberry sauce. It’s frightening. Real fresh cranberry sauce is even simpler than making gravy (click here for the recipe for a basic homemade gravy). Grab some fresh cranberries and sugar, and that’s essentially all you need for the easiest fruit sauce ever to accompany a decadent Thanksgiving meal. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries here. Ignore that can of jellied cranberry sauce next time you’re in the grocery store. This is much tastier.
Here’s what you need:
Cranberries, sugar, and water. That’s it! I said this was basic, didn’t I?
Rinse those cranberries well.
In a saucepan, add the sugar and water and bring it to a simmer.
The sugar will dissolve. To this sugary water that’s simmering, add all the cranberries.
Cover it with a lid and adjust the heat to medium.
Total time: 15 minutes
Prep: 0 min
Cook: 15 mins
Yield: 2.5 cups
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 12-ounce package fresh cranberries (3 cups cranberries)
In a small pot over medium-high heat, add water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then add washed cranberries. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow ingredients to boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. As cranberries cook, they will burst. Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature. Serve cold or at room temperature.
PER SERVING (2 Tablespoons): Calories 51, Fat 0grams, Total Carb. 13grams, Protein 0grams
(nutritional facts are an approximation and may vary slightly for each individual, depending on brands and ingredients used)