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Holiday Cranberry Sauce

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If I’m cooking a turkey, I love to serve it with a fresh cranberry sauce like this recipe for holiday cranberry sauce. This is the time of year you can get fresh cranberries. You can stock up and freeze extra bags to use at other times during the year. It is so worth the extra effort to make your own sauce. It is so much better than the stuff you can get in a can.

Most homemade cranberry sauce includes fresh cranberries, sugar, and some kind of liquid. After that, you can change up the basic flavor by adding zest, other fruits, of various spices.

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This particular recipe uses apple juice for the liquid. This adds extra sweetness and flavor. Apple pairs well with cranberry. Then instead of white sugar, which is what I normally use, you use brown sugar. The brown sugar gives the sauce a depth of flavor.

The additional ingredient that gives this sauce a holiday flair is some ground allspice. The ground allspice adds a touch of warmth, but also brings out the freshness to the cranberry sauce.

Here is what you need to make the

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Holiday Cranberry Sauce | realmomkitchen.com

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Real Mom Kitchen

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  • 2 cups 8 oz fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice


  • Wash cranberries.
  • Add the washed cranberries to a sauce pan along with the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes or until most of the cranberries have popped.
  • Cool and then serve.
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Recipe adapted from Naturipe.

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