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Mom’s Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce 2When you think of cranberry sauce, what do you think of? Some people think of magazine covers with beautiful cranberry sauce spreads, some people think of it spread on pastries with cheese, and some people despise it thinking that it only comes in a can and looks like terrible jello. Thanks Mom from shielding me from the terrible sight of jello like cranberry sauce in a can.

It wasn’t under college that I realized why so many people out there hated cranberry sauce! What could be wrong with fresh cranberries boiled with sugar and fruits?! Ah yes, that weird can shaped jello that may or may not be just cranberry flavored sugar.

When I think of cranberry sauce, I think of my mom’s delicious cranberry sauce that I can eat warm or cold, for breakfast or dessert.

It’s actually 8:41am right now and I’m debating on having leftover cranberry sauce for breakfast.

My mom’s cranberry sauce was a staple at every holiday dinner growing up and has been a staple at all my holiday dinners since I moved out. I limit myself to making it only twice a year because otherwise I would be eating it for breakfast everyday, and that’s just not healthy.

So today, take all the canned cranberry sauce and throw it in the trash. You won’t be needing it this year! And hopefully never again. Go to the store, buy yourself a bag of fresh cranberries, some sugar, and whatever else you’d like in the sauce. Whip up a batch for dinner tonight (or breakfast tomorrow, I won’t judge), and let me know what you think!

Mom’s Cranberry Sauce is dairy & gluten free, vegan & vegetarian

Nutrition facts per serving: 228 calories, 2.4.g of fat, 2g of saturated fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 3mg of sodium, 241mg of potassium,54.3g of carb, 3.4g of fiber, 28g of sugar, 1g of protein. 22mg of Calcium, 1mg of Iron.

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PS: These photos were taken by my friends over at Brick & Brine, I can’t wait to share the rest of the photos! These are only a sneak peak. Go check out their page & give their Instagram a follow!

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Mom's Cranberry Sauce
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Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
cranberry sauce 2
Instructions
  1. Bring the cranberries, sugar, and water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Continue simmering for 30 minutes. If you want to add ingredients in, add apples and oranges in at 20 minutes, raisins and coconut flakes in at 25 minutes. (My current dish has a whole apple, 1/2 an orange, and 1/2 cup of raisins. I cut the half of orange up into small bites and threw it all in, peel and all! It softens up in the simmer and adds lots of flavor.)
Recipe Notes

Pro tip: Bake this cranberry sauce over Brie cheese for about 20 minutes at 350. Heavenly.



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