Have you started to make your Thanksgiving dinner preparations yet? Let’s face it, the holidays are a lot of work to make everything perfect for family and friends. All the cooking. planning and organizing is all worth it though because it means time spent with those we love. I’m here today to help you get one of those Thanksgiving meal preparation items checked off your “to-do” list.
In my opinion, homemade cranberry sauce is da-bomb! No Thanksgiving feast should be without it! After all, these fruity fall gems are symbolic of Thanksgiving. The turkey would be very sad without it. Cranberry sauce is one of the easiest dishes to prepare. I have such an aversion to that canned stuff. I love the fact that homemade cranberry sauce can be made several days ahead of time, allowing you to focus on other parts of your meal preparation. Once prepared, store in an air tight mason jar or plastic storage container in your refrigerator for up to one week. Did you know that cranberries can be frozen? I always buy in bulk and freeze enough to last me through the winter. When I am ready to bake or cook with them, I just pop a bag out of the freezer.
This Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is always a family favorite each year. The orange and amaretto liqueur combine to turn the tart cranberries into a slightly sweet and delicious Thanksgiving staple. My Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is also a perfect condiment for those leftover turkey sandwiches. There is always so much left over, isn’t there?
Whether you are in charge of the entire Thanksgiving meal or just the cranberry sauce, skip the blobby, wiggly stuff in the can. Give this cranberry sauce recipe a try. Trust me, it is so delicious.
- 1½ pounds fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
- 3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
- 2 tablespoons grated orange rind
- 1/4 cup water
- Rinse cranberries and add to a large saucepan.
- Add sugar, orange juice, orange rind and water.
- Bring to low boil for 3-4 minutes. Lower heat to a simmer. The key here is to cook down the cranberries.
- Add amaretto and continue to simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened.
- Cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.