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Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier

A white cup holding Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier and cranberries scattered around

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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!

Ingredients

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

cinnamon stick

1 ounce Grand Marnier

1/8 teaspoon allspice

Instructions

Stove Top:

  1. Add cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice, and cinnamon stick to a medium sauce pot and stir. Slowly bring the pot to a simmer on medium heat and let cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Add orange zest, Grand Marnier, and allspice to the pot and continue to slowly simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Add cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice, and cinnamon stick to a slow cooker. Cover, set to low heat and let cook for 5 hours.
  2. Add orange zest, Grand Marnier, and allspice to the slow cooker and continue to cook for another hour.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.

Notes

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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