Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

homemade cranberry sauce

Dear friends,

Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and as we count down to the big day I wanted to share a few of our favorite dishes with you.

Berries cookbookThe first is an easy-to-make cranberry sauce. You can use organic ingredients and tweak the recipe with any flavorings or spices you like. I add a little fresh lemon zest, and hint of citrus nicely compliments the sweet tartness of the cranberries. This recipe originally appeared in my Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes cookbook (Gibbs Smith, 2017), and the lovely photo above is by Stacey Cramp; used with permission.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and drained

Combine cranberry juice, sugar, honey, lemon zest, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add cranberries and return to boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover and cool to room temperature. Serve or store in refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days. Makes about 2 1/4 cups.

Here are some of our other favorite recipes:

  • These Pumpkin Maple Donut Holes are splendid on Thanksgiving morning with coffee.
  • In my family, we always have these crunchy roasted almonds as a pre-dinner snack. Our mom’s are the best, and she serves them in a pretty sterling silver dish. My grandmother always made a batch, and I suspect her mother and grandmother made them, too.
  • If you’re looking for complete directions to roast the juiciest turkey you’ve ever eaten, check out this post for Golden Crispy Juicy Roast Turkey. After brining the turkey, the bird is patted dry and coated with a mixture of flour and butter that seals the juices inside. The skin comes out divinely golden and crispy, too.
  • The Denver Post‘s Bill St. John shares his recipe and tips for perfect mashed potatoes, including several variations.
  • Here’s my favorite Bacon Green Bean Casserole recipe.
  • Finally, this is a recipe I developed for Honduras Chocolate Company for a divine layered Chocolate Praline Pumpkin Pie.

I hope you and your loved ones enjoy a very, very happy Thanksgiving.


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Other Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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