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Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

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Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner side dish. Tart cranberries, sweet orange, and Amaretto team up for this delicious fall recipe.

Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner side dish. Tart cranberries, sweet orange and amaretto team up for this delicious fall recipe. This easy cranberry sauce recipe is a family favorite. It's not Thanksgiving without this delicious cranberry sauce. #cranberrysauce #orangeamarettocranberrysauce #thanksgivingsidedish

Fall is here and so is cranberry season. I am lucky to live a few miles from acres and acres of fresh-picked cranberries. When I think of the Jersey Pine Barrens, I don’t think of a scene from The Sopranos, but rather the beautiful cranberry bogs that add to the beauty of the Pine Barrens.

These tart red gems get a bad rap sometimes. Yes, they are tart, but not only do they have a lot of health benefits, it’s not Thanksgiving without them!

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.

ThisOrange 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 leftover, isn’t there?

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 airtight mason jar or plastic storage container. in your refrigerator for up to one week.

How To Make Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

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How To Freeze Cranberries

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.

Cranberries will last about four weeks in the refrigerator. You can extend their use by freezing them. Freezing fresh cranberries will not only extend their use, but allow you to use them for up to a year after freezing.

Freezing cranberries is easy peasy!

  • Rinse cranberries and let them drain thorougly in a collander. Sort and remove any bad cranberries.
  • Spread cranberries out on a dishtowel and let them airdry for 30-minutes.
  • Spread dried cranberries out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for four hours. This is called flash freezing.
  • Remove cranberries from the freezer. Transfer frozen cranberries into food storage containers or freezer bags, in whatever portion size you like. I like to add at least one cup of cranberries to each bag.
Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner side dish. Tart cranberries, sweet orange and amaretto team up for this delicious fall recipe.

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 Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce recipe a try. Trust me, it is so delicious.

Ingredients Needed To Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sugar
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Amaretto liqueur
  • Grated orange rind

How To Make Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

Step 1

Rinse cranberries and add to a large saucepan.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Add amaretto and continue to simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened. Cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce recipe keeps very well in the refrigerator. It can be made a few days in advance too so you can mark some things off your Thanksgiving to-do list.

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Apple Raisin Coleslaw

Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Easy Breaded Cauliflower

Honey Glazed Carrots

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Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner side dish. Tart cranberries, sweet orange and amaretto team up for this delicious fall recipe. This easy cranberry sauce recipe is a family favorite. It's not Thanksgiving without this delicious cranberry sauce. #cranberrysauce #orangeamarettocranberrysauce #thanksgivingsidedish
Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner side dish. Tart cranberries, sweet orange and amaretto team up for this delicious fall recipe. This easy cranberry sauce recipe is a family favorite. It's not Thanksgiving without this delicious cranberry sauce. #cranberrysauce #orangeamarettocranberrysauce #thanksgivingsidedish
Yield: 6 servings

Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner side dish. Tart cranberries, sweet orange and amaretto team up for this delicious fall recipe. This easy cranberry sauce recipe is a family favorite. It's not Thanksgiving without this delicious cranberry sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Rinse cranberries and add to a large saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, orange juice, orange rind and water.
  3. Bring to low boil for 3-4 minutes. Lower heat to a simmer. The key here is to cook down the cranberries.
  4. Add amaretto and continue to simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

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57 Comments

    1. Did you try this recipe and have you canned it? I can as well each year and would love to can this but I can’t find any information on whether or not alcohol would be safe to can.

    1. My question on the recipe you state to boil for. There was no time listed for how long to boil before turning down for simmer?? also how many servings does this make?

      Thanks for your recipe!

      1. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. You can bring the sauce to a low boil for 3-4 minutes. The key is to get the cranberries to soften and cook down. Then lower to a simmer and add the amaretto.

  1. I just made it and it is extremely tart! I love cranberry anything, but this is a little too much. Can I add more sugar after it has cooked or more amaretto to sweeten it? (I used Torani Amaretto)

  2. 4 stars
    I used 1 cup of maple syrup instead of the sugar. I added about 1/3 cup of OJ and 1/3 cup of Cranapple juice with about 1/4 cup of water. It was delicious. I love the Amaretto almond flavor. It’s all ready for Thanksgiving.

  3. 5 stars
    I have been making your recipe for a few years now and love it. Only instead of doing this on the stove I use the crockpot. It hasn’t failed me yet.

  4. 5 stars
    I have NEVER liked cranberry sauce, but I like cranberry juice & craisins. I bought fresh cranberries from a cranberty fest this fall & decided to try making my own because homemade is ALWAYS better. I chose this recipe first. I will tell you I’m eating it by the spoonful, I could eat the whole batch. This cranberry sauce is totally AWESOME. I don’t think I will even try another recipe.

  5. I love this recipe! Made it last year for ourselves at Thanksgiving, and then made up small jars of it for Christmas gifts at work. So tasty! I think I’m going to try it with Cointreau instead of Amaretto this time…. and maybe a tiny drop of almond flavouring… I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks Melissa for a great recipe!

  6. Your cranberry sauce recipe is a staple
    At our Thanksgiving table. I could never stomach the canned cranberry stuff but this is the bomb.com 💣!

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