New England Cranberry Sauce

This is my favorite cranberry sauce - and it's not just for Thanksgiving! This is super easy to make and looks gorgeous on the table throughout the fall and winter months.

Here's what I LOVE about it:

~ simple and fast to make

~ contains only five ingredients

~ flavorful

~ not-too-sweet and not-too-tart

~ stunningly beautiful

~ good source of vitamin C and fiber per cup

~ LOTS of ways to use it

Let's make this now, shall we?!

For about two cups, you will need: PRINT HERE.

1 bag fresh or frozen cranberries, 12 oz

1 orange, zest and juice

1/4 cup apple cider, local if possible

2 cinnamon sticks

1/4 cup pure maple syrup, or a little more depending on your taste (I prefer less sweet)

Total Time: 15-20 minutes, plus chill time Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10-15 minutes Set/Chill Time: 2 hours or overnight

The Process:

1. Rinse cranberries and pick through, removing any rotten ones and debris

2. Place cranberries in a medium saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients.

3. Cook over medium heat until, stirring occasionally until berries begin to pop open.

4. Cook for an additional five minutes. You may see some foam forming around the edges. You can scrape this off if you choose. I have not found this step necessary though. I did not scrape the foam in the photo above.

5. Transfer to a serving dish or other container, allow to cool and then refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. I like to leave the cinnamon sticks in my serving dish as added decoration. Enjoy!

Here are some additional ways to use New England Cranberry Sauce:

> swirled into yogurt

> spooned into oatmeal, or other hot cereal

> spread onto cornbread

> tucked inside a hummus sandwich

> dolloped onto baked sweet potatoes

> blended into a smoothie

> stirred into pancake or muffin batter

> drizzled over rice pudding

> added to whole grain pilaf

> mixed into French toast batter

> a condiment for baked tempeh

> blended into a vinaigrette

> spread onto parchment and dehydrated into fruit leather

Here's my Orange Risotto with New England Cranberry Sauce and orange zest on top

Below is my vanilla orange smoothie with a generous scoop or New England Cranberry Sauce blended in... YUM!

Here is my Spiced Pumpkin Nog Spelt Cereal with New England Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

and yes, I even topped avocado toast with some of this delicious cranberry sauce and toasted pecans... OMG, why didn't I think of this sooner? YUM-O!

Nutrition information is for 1/4 cup.

If you make this recipe, please let me know how it turned out. Be sure to take a photo and tag me I love seeing what you make!

DISCLOSURES: None. This post was not created in affiliation with any product or brand. The opinions expressed are my own. I will only write about products I trust and use.

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