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Ten Ways to Pimp Up Your Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is dead easy to make, and so much better than the canned kind (unless you like the way it comes out of its tin with a gelatinous plop). To make your own, all you need to do is simmer a bag (3-4 cups) of fresh or frozen cranberries with sugar (about a cup – white or brown) and a cup of water or orange juice. Toss in a cinnamon stick or some grated orange zest if you like, and simmer until the berries pop and it looks like cranberry sauce. If you want to take it up a notch, there are a ton of other ingredients you can add, including (but not limited to) dried fruit, nuts, and booze.

Chunky Apple-Pear Sauce: add a grated or finely chopped apple, pear, or half of each to the berries as they simmer.

Cranberry-Rhubarb Sauce: use half cranberries, half fresh or frozen chopped rhubarb. Simmer until thick.

Citrus-Port Cranberry Sauce: simmer 1 bag (4 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries with 1/2 cup ruby Port, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup brown sugar and a cinnamon stick until the berries pop.

Roasted Coronation Grape Sauce: spread out a bunch of dark purple coronation grapes on a rimmed foil-lined baking sheet, drizzle with oil and roast at 450F until they burst and start to turn golden (about 20 minutes); stir into your simmering cranberry sauce.

Ginger & Honey Cranberry Sauce: simmer a bag of berries (3-4 cups) with 3/4 cup honey, 1 cup water or juice, 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick.

Chipotle Cranberry Sauce: add a half a finely chopped chipotle en adobo sauce as your sauce simmers.

Apricot-Grand Marnier Sauce: use 1 cup orange juice as your liquid, and add 1/2-1 cup chopped dried apricots and 1/4 cup Grand Marnier.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Raisins: add a handful of raisins, a cinnamon stick or two, and a pinch of powdered ginger, allspice and freshly ground black pepper.

Rosemary Balsamic Cranberry Sauce: add 1 tsp.-1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary as your sauce simmers, and 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar at the end.

Citrus Spice Cranberry Sauce: add the grated zest of an orange, then peel it and roughly chop the orange itself; add it too, along with a cinnamon stick. A spoonful of marmalade works, too.

What do you like to do with your cranberry sauce?

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