This Spiced Cranberry Sauce for the holidays is sweet, tart, and warmed up with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. From start to finish, the recipe takes only 20 minutes and will add beautifully to your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas table.
After I eat something sweet, I crave something salty.
And my favorite is to have sweet and salty all in one bite.
This is exactly why I think adding cranberry sauce to your holiday spread is such a brilliant idea.
Listen, I know you have dozens upon dozens of cranberry sauce recipes to choose from.
Why should you choose this cranberry sauce recipe?
Two good reasons: it's super quick and easy to make, and the delicious addition of the spices makes it unique.
- These Spiced Cranberries take twenty minutes to make, from start to finish.
- Cinnamon, cardamom and cloves -- these three spices are typically combined with other spices to make a chai. This blend of spices adds warmth to almost anything it's added to, bringing it to another level.
The spice mix: cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.
Can you make it ahead?
Absolutely. You can make this spiced cranberry sauce recipe up to one week ahead.
Simply make it, cool it to room temperature, cover and refrigerate. (Bring it back to room temperature before serving.)
What to Serve with it
Of course cranberry sauce is expected at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, however -- whether you're celebrating -- or not, this will add beautifully to almost any meal.
Savory gravy, stuffing and turkey are simply more delicious when a bit of sweet spiced cranberry sauce has found its way onto my fork at the same time. Not to mention how beautifully the vibrant red color will add to your table.
If you have leftovers. . . .
- It's fantastic spread into a brie sandwich, or warmed over vanilla ice cream.
- And you can also make my Cranberry Sauce Muffins or Balsamic Cranberry Vinaigrette.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- You want to add a little tang to your cranberry sauce, use orange juice instead of water, and add about 1 teaspoon of orange or lemon zest.
- The spices in this recipe make it interesting and different, and you can change them up if you'd like, adding just one or two, or more or less of them.
- This is not a super sweet cranberry sauce, feel free to add more or less sugar if you like sweeter or less sweet.
- Can you use frozen cranberries? Yes you can use frozen cranberries. Just be sure to thaw them before starting the recipe. (If once thawed, there is excess liquid, drain them.)
- The longer the cranberry sauce sits after it's cooked, the thicker it will become.
I hope you love this spiced cranberry sauce, along with all the other Thanksgiving and holiday recipes.
Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe
- Combine all of the ingredients. In a small saucepan all of the ingredients together.
- Simmer. Place the saucepan over low heat and simmer until the cranberries have broken and become soft, and the liquid has thickened. This should take about 15 minutes.
- Serve. Serve warm or cold.
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