Whip up the perfect Thanksgiving side dish with this fresh orange cranberry sauce. It’s perfect on its own, or use it to add a boost of flavor to your turkey.
Fresh cranberries, freshly squeezed orange juice and a hint of red wine make up this delicious orange cranberry sauce. Add this sweet, yet tart, side dish to your Thanksgiving meal plan. Skip the canned, slimy, jellied cranberry sauce and try making this fresh orange cranberry sauce this year, I promise you won’t regret it!
How many of you remember cranberry sauce from your childhood Thanksgiving meals? My memory is canned jellied cranberry sauce, sliced and served on a nice glass platter. But you could literally see the lines from the can on the jellied cranberry sauce. As a kid, this completely grossed me out. I think my mom and grandmother just liked the taste of this jellied cranberry sauce (she’s probably reading this so she might confirm or not confirm this assumption) because otherwise, I can’t figure out why anyone would want to eat this slimy dish. This fresh cranberry sauce won’t be featuring any can lines, if you know what I mean. <wink>
Orange Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- 16 oz. fresh cranberries
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 1 tbsp. orange zest
- Rinse fresh cranberries and add to a large saucepan.
- Add in the water, sugar, and orange juice.
- Bring to a slow boil and boil for about 3-4 minutes, then lower heat to a simmer.
- Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are cooked down and thickened.
- Add in red wine and orange zest and simmer for another 1-2 minutes.
- Top with additional orange zest before serving, if preferred.
Jennifer is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Wanderlust and Wellness since 2016. She creates easy, approachable gluten-free recipes for the everyday home cook; because cooking gluten-free doesn’t mean food has to be complicated or tasteless.