Make Ahead

How to Make Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Author Notes

Cranberry Sauce that is a crowd pleaser. The zest and sugar make this your new favorite fruit dish this holiday season. Can be made a week ahead. Bring to room temperature before serving. —Amy Stafford @ A Healthy Life For Me

  • Serves 12-15
  • 1/2 cup ruby port
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
In This Recipe
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the port, sugar, star anise, salt and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. As soon as it starts to boil, remove it from the heat, cover and let stand for 20 minutes to infuse the star anise into the liquid.
  3. Pick through the cranberries for stems, rinse them well in a colander and drain.
  4. Return the liquid to boil over medium high heat and add the cranberries.
  5. Discard star of anise. Stir in zest and let sauce cool to room temperature.

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