Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce

I have strict orders not to mess with the Thanksgiving menu.  A basic traditional menu is what is appreciated at our house.  You know the basics:  turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce... I always make the basic menu but I wouldn't be me if I didn't throw in a few new side dishes along the way.

Nobody ever seems to mind if I "mess" with the cranberry sauce...such a little berry with such great flavor!  Over the years I have made so many different  types of sauces and of course a few cranberry chutneys and a conserve or two....and what is a conserve?  It is preserving fruits with sugar or a mixture of several fruits cooked to jam-like consistency with sugar and often garnished with nuts and raisins.  I guess you could say that I really mess with the cranberry sauce! 

I wanted to add a simple recipe for cranberry sauce to the menu, so I am trying, yet again, a new recipe!  This is one that I saw in this month's Fine Cooking Magazine, October/November 2012.  Fine Cooking is my very favorite cooking magazine. I was pleased that I could make the cranberry sauce in advance and I am not disappointed!

Orange-Maple Cranberry Sauce
Fine Cooking, October/November 2012

1 12 oz. package of fresh or frozen cranberries (picked over and rinsed)
1 cup PURE maple syrup
1 medium orange, finely grated to yield 1 tsp zest, then squeezed to yield 1/3 cup 

Combine the cranberries, maple syrup, and orange juice in a 3 quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, just until the cranberries burst, about 5 minutes.  

Remove from the heat, stir in the zest, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.  (The sauce will thicken as it cools.  It may be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.)

I have been sampling all is really tasty!  You won't be sorry if you add this simple cranberry sauce to your menu!



  1. Sounds easy and delish. And, I love your photo; great composition. xoA

  2. This sounds amazing and looks delicious. Crave worthy!

  3. Sounds wonderful, the maple is something I hadn't thought of. You 'messed' with this just enough to make it better!

  4. Simple and yummy! I may have to add cranberry sauce to my menu after all! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Kate!

  5. I loooooooooove Fine Cooking. I recently bought an iPad, and their digital issues are beautiful to look at. I don't mess too much with the traditionals, and I love cranberry sauce. This is a nice twist on a classic. How'd your gravy turn out?

  6. I can't help myself. I mess with the cranberry sauce and you're right, no one seems to mind. I'm betting the maple syrup gave it fantastic flavor.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. I bet the maple makes this extra special!

  8. Yummmm! Love cranberry anything with Thanksgiving dinner. I have made a cranberry chutney for this year's event and will serve it with cream cheese and crackers earlier in the day.

  9. You just brought cranberry sauce up a few notches; love your version,


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