Let’s take a classic Thanksgiving side dish up a notch with this easy homemade cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier! This side dish is full of holiday flavors like cinnamon, allspice, splashes of citrus, and elevated with a little orange liquor. This homemade cranberry sauce recipe was designed for a stress-free thanksgiving – it’s ready in 30 minutes, can be made in the slow cooker, and can be fully prepared a week before Thanksgiving!
3 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 medium orange – orange zest(about 1 tablespoon) & fresh orange juice (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Make Ahead – This cranberry sauce can stay in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Stovetop vs. Slow Cooker – The flavor of the dish will be the same no matter the cooking method. With the stovetop, the cranberry sauce will be more jammy and congealed, while the slow cooker cranberry sauce is more loose and better maintains the cranberry shape.
Simmering instead of boiling will prevent the cranberries from bursting and loosing their shape. Keep an eye on the sauce and turn down the heat if it begins to boil.
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