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5 Super-Fast Homemade Cranberry Sauces

Seriously, people. Homemade cranberry sauce is the easiest thing to make on the menu. Yet it's so pretty, it'll look like you worked that kitchen hard. It's travel-friendly, and you can make it days ahead. In fact it's better when you do. So let's do this quick, easy, pretty, portable, make-ahead thing.

101499452 Making Cranberry Sauce Photo by Meredith

Photo by Meredith

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This is as basic as it gets. Cranberries + sugar + water. Put it all in a pot and simmer until you hear the cranberries pop, then keep cooking for a few more minutes until it's as thick as you like. When you chill it, the sauce will thicken up even more.
prep time 5 min | cook time 15 min

Cranberry Sauce

Basic + orange juice (replaces water). Watch the video to see it all come together.
prep time 5 min | cook time 10 min

Cranberry Sauce

Photo by footballgrl16

Can you handle a little fancy? For this next group, prep time is still a mere 5 minutes, but cook time is slightly longer to let the tasty extras do what they do.

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Basic + cinnamon + cloves + allspice
prep time 5 min | cook time 15 min

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Photo by mis7up

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

Basic + apple cider (replaces water) + cinnamon + cloves + orange zest
prep time 5 min | cook time 20 min

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

Photo by bd.weld

Cranberry Raspberry Sauce

Basic + Merlot (replaces water) + raspberries
prep time 5 min | cook time 25 min

Cranberry Raspberry Sauce

Photo by lutzflcat

More Ways to Bump up the Basics

Basic + blueberries + cinnamon + nutmeg + allspice
Basic + jalapeño + lemon + sherry
Basic + tangerine (replaces water) + dried cherries + cinnamon + cloves + allspice
Basic + oj (replaces water) + pear + ginger + star anise + cinnamon + garam masala
Basic + oj (replaces water) + pineapple + walnuts + orange liqueur
Basic + bourbon (replaces water - please eat responsibly)

And if you want to tackle something extra-special, try your hand at cranberry chutney. Still crazy easy to make, but the complex flavors are not for the timid. But you’re not timid, right?


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Vanessa Greaves

About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).