Make Ahead

Secret Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

October 14, 2015
Photo by Laura Dembowski
Author Notes

As a kid I loved cranberry sauce from the can, but my tastes have changed. This cranberry sauce is made from scratch, but takes little time or work. The dried cherries are the secret ingredient that will keep you coming back for more. —Laura Dembowski

  • Serves 6-8
  • 1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
In This Recipe
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together cranberries, cherries, orange zest, cinnamon, water, sugar, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil while stirring frequently. Continue to cook until the sauce has thickened and most of the berries have burst, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled. Sauce may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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