Whose Side Are You On Cranberry Sauce

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By KC Quaretti-Lee
from New Port Richey, FL

The great cranberry debate; canned or homemade? Well I grew up with my grandmothers, aunts and my mother opening a can of cranberry sauce. It always came out of the can with the ridges intact and went to the table exactly that way. Now I will admit as a kid, it was one of the few things I liked at Thanksgiving; the sweet yet tangy flavor and the smooth consistency was a delight to the senses! When I started cooking myself one of the first holiday meals I tackles was Thanksgiving and the cranberry sauce was my highest priority to investigate and make my own. Over the years I have developed this easy cranberry sauce that is a continual crowd pleaser and has made its way into a specialty dessert of mine; Lemon cranberry Cake.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We love homemade cranberry sauce made with fresh cranberries, and this is a fantastic, easy to throw together recipe. It's slightly sweet and tangy with a hint of citrus flavor. Chunks of apples and pears are what make this cranberry sauce special. They add extra texture and sweetness. A delicious and beautiful cranberry sauce to add to your holiday table.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 12
prep time 10 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top


  • 2 pkg
    fresh cranberries (12 oz each)
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    orange juice, fresh

How To Make

  • 1
    Rinse and pick over the cranberries to make sure you don’t have any bad ones.
  • 2
    Peel, core, and chop the apples and pears.
  • 3
    Finely grate the lemon peel. Then juice the lemon.
  • 4
    Place all the ingredients in a large enamel pot.
  • 5
    Cook over low/medium heat for about 45 minutes stirring every few minutes. The berries will pop and the sauce will thicken slightly.
  • 6
    Remove from the heat and chill. The sauce will be very thick when chilled.
  • 7
    That's it! That’s all you have to do to make a super delicious homemade cranberry sauce.