Our Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Our Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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READY IN 30 mins
PREP TIME 5 mins
COOK TIME 25 mins

Dried cherries balance the tartness of the cranberries in this super-easy and super-good cranberry sauce. Great with turkey, but also wonderful on a cracker with a smear of triple cream cheese.


  • 2.5 cups cherry cider or cranberry juice
  • ½ pound dried cherries, about 2 cups
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Zest from one half orange
  • ¼ t ground cloves


  • 1In a medium size pot, bring cider to a boil. Turn off, remove from heat and add cherries. Let cherries reconstitute in the hot juice for about 8 minutes.
  • 2Add sugar, cranberries, zest and ground cloves. Return to heat and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium high and cook until the cranberry skins pop, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • 3Transfer to a glass or plastic container and refrigerate for 4 hours or for up to 4 days. Sauce thickens as it cools.