The orange cranberry sauce is the second post in the “Make Ahead” series. The “Make Ahead” series is to help you plan ahead for Thanksgiving.
This orange cranberry sauce is the easiest side dish to prepare for Thanksgiving and a definite must. The cranberries by themselves have a tart flavor, which will compliment the turkey very well. The sauce can also be used as a mayo on hot panini the next day.
Orange, apples, and spice make nice and that is what giving thanks is all about. Thanksgiving is indeed a cornucopia of vegetables, fruits, and herbs blended together to create a series of harmonious mouth-watering dishes. Oh, and this combination is going to make your kitchen smell like Thanksgiving and a great way to get into a festive mood.
The simplicity of this recipe is the key to a fantastic bold flavor. The orange elevates the cranberries giving them a light citrus flavor for brightness while the spices gives the sauce a warmth and a comforting finish. The orange cranberry sauce is the ideal side dish to make ahead.
Enjoy, from my kitchen to yours.
- 1 orange, juice, zest
- 1 medium apple, Granny Smith, peeled, core, ½-inch dice
- 4 (12oz bag) cups fresh cranberries, sorted
- ⅓ cup agave nectar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon+1 stick (optional)
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- Zest whole orange and squeeze juice and set aside.
- Over high heat, using a small saucepan combine orange juice, zest, apple, cranberries, agave nectar, cinnamon and cloves. Stir to combine and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered partially. Stirring occasionally, cook until sauce thickens and apples become tender with the cranberries bursting approximately 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, transfer sauce to a heatproof bowl, allow it to cool about 1 hour before serving.