Recipe: Spiced Cranberry Sauce

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This recipe and photo were created by contributor Kelli Dunn of The Corner Kitchen. Learn more about Kelli and this recipe by checking out her accompanying post, and check out her Greatist bio on our About Page

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a side of delicious cranberry sauce. Instead of picking up canned cranberry (which is loaded with sugar), why not make your own? This sauce combines fresh cranberries, warm fall spices, a hint of citrus, and is lightly sweetened with agave syrup.

There’s a lot to get done when it comes to prepping for a big holiday dinner, so I love dishes that can be made ahead of time. Between prep and cook time this cranberry sauce is ready in 15 minutes, and can be made up to three days in advance.

Recipe: Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Photo by Kelli Dunn  

What You'll Need:

3 cups cranberries
3 tablespoons agave syrup
1 orange, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3-4 grinds of black pepper

What to Do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally as the cranberries begin to pop.
  3. Cook until the liquid has been absorbed and the sauce is thick and chunky.
  4. Remove from heat, cool, and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.
  5. Serve at room temperature.

What's your favorite way to prep cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving? Share your secret (or not to secret) recipes with us in the comments below! 

About the Author
Kelli Dunn
I've been drawn to the kitchen from an early age - it's where I feel happiest and in my element. I start most days thinking about what I...

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