Ina Garten’s Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce

 

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Happy Weekend!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I have a favorite recipe to share for your Thanksgiving feast

that you can make ahead up to a week in advance and mark off your ‘to do’ list for turkey day!

Ina Garten’s Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #thanksgiving #makeahead #recipes #sides #cranberries

This easy and delicious recipe comes from Ina Garten and one that we’ve enjoyed for several years.

It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart and is wonderful the next day

served with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey or ham on a roll or biscuit!

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Here are the ingredients:

12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked through, discarding any that are bruised, shriveled or soft

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped

Grated zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup of water

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Place the cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan and

 cook over medium heat for 5 – 10 minutes, or until the skins pop.

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Add apple, zests, and juices and cook for 15 – 20 more minutes until apples are soft.

Remove from the heat, let cool completely.

It will continue to thicken as it cools.

 Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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This will make about 4 cups of cranberry sauce. Plan on 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce per person.

If your family and guests are cranberry sauce enthusiasts and you want some for your guests

to take home with the Thanksgiving leftovers you may want to double the recipe.

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It will keep in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

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If you have some leftover it’s wonderful in Puff Pastry Baked Brie!

The cranberry sauce adds a bright, sweet and tart note to the

warm melting cheese wrapped in a flaky layer of puff pastry.

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Ina Garten’s Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, cranberries, cranberry sauce, gluten free, low fat, low sodium, make ahead, Thanksgiving
Servings: 16

Equipment

  • microplane zester

Ingredients

  • 12- ounce bag fresh cranberries rinsed and picked through, discarding any that are bruised, shriveled or soft
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and chopped
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  • Add cranberries, sugar, and 1 cup of water to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5 - 10 minutes, or until the skins pop open.
  • Add apple, zests, and juices and cook for 15 - 20 more minutes until thickened and apples are soft.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool completely. It will continue to thicken as it cools from the pectin in the apple.
  • Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

This will make about 4 cups of cranberry sauce. Plan on 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce per person. If your family and guests are cranberry sauce enthusiasts and want leftovers you may want to double the recipe!
May be made ahead up to 1 week in advance.
May substitute frozen cranberries for fresh, no need to thaw. 
Enjoy leftover cranberry sauce in Brie with Puff Pastry for easy holiday entertaining.

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Turkey Napkins / Williams-Sonoma, several years ago

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  20 comments for “Ina Garten’s Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce

  1. Ann Woleben
    November 21, 2020 at 7:15 am

    This is a “must try!” Thank you for sharing. Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family, and of course, to Lola and Sophie.

  2. Franki Parde
    November 21, 2020 at 7:52 am

    I JUST HAPPENED to turn on ” Food Network”…& there was Ina making…”CRANBERRY COMPOTE!” It sounds so good…but, now, do I change…I’ve always used 10 oz frozen sweetened raspberries (not apple) & cut back the sugar…hmmm…decisions, decisions…franki

  3. Clara
    November 21, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Sounds delicious Mary. Can’t believe Thanksgiving is Thursday! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations to the winners! Have a wonderful weekend. Clara❤️

  4. Pat h
    November 21, 2020 at 8:24 am

    I have been making Ina’s cranberry sauce for a few years, it’s amazing.
    I also hot bath the cranberry sauce in small jars to enjoy all year

  5. November 21, 2020 at 8:35 am

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!! You are so lucky to receive those beautiful plates!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! 🥰🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃

  6. November 21, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Very similar to my late mother’s recipe but she added the jest and some pecans AFTER everything was cooked, which I believe might make the flavors a bit “brighter”.

  7. LuAnn Pachkoski
    November 21, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Mary…I have been following you for years! I so enjoy your page and especially at holiday time! Your recipes are delicious and beautifully presented! Happiest of holidays to you and your family! 🎄

  8. November 21, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Congratulations to the winners!! The cranberry sauce sounds wonderful. Ina’s recipes are always great! Happy weekend! 🍁🍂🍁

  9. Cindi
    November 21, 2020 at 10:18 am

    I have been using a Ree Drummond recipe ( has maple syrup in it) for many years but I think I am going to modify it and add the apples. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. November 21, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Very interesting with the addition of fresh lemon juice, sounds like a great cranberry sauce! Happy Thanksgiving Week Mary-enjoy:@)

  11. Linda Erickson
    November 21, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the great cranberry sauce recipe, Mary! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, including Lola and Sophie!

  12. November 21, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks! My aunt is usually the one who makes our traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. But since we won’t be getting together this year, I wondered if I should make my own. This recipe looks really simple and delicious. I’m the only one at my house who actually likes cranberry sauce on their turkey. However, my kids all like it in the “day after Thanksgiving panini” that we make. Take your bread and butter (or Duke’s) the outside, then add a slice of cheese to the inside, then add a turkey layer, cranberry sauce layer, a layer of stuffing, layer of mashed potatoes, one more slice of cheese and the other bread. Then cook in the panini press. OMG amazing! Elevated day-after TG sandwich.

  13. Cyndi Raines
    November 22, 2020 at 12:54 am

    This cranberry sauce sounds really good, may have to try it for Thanksgiving. Pinning. Just bought my cranberries today to make the bread, but had a neighbor pop in and ran out of time. Will bake tomorrow afternoon for sure! Congratulations to the winner. Will have to see if T J Maxx is carrying that plate as our closest Tuesday Morning is over an hour away. Happy Thanksgiving Mary to and your loved ones. P.s. Loved the post with the ball jars, pinecones and floating wicks, very festive. Need to make some of those too! 😉

  14. Kitty M
    November 22, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing Ina’s cranberry recipe, Mary. Looking forward to trying it and your chocolate chip cranberry bread this year as I love all thing cranberry. You always make everything look so enticing!

  15. November 23, 2020 at 12:44 am

    Mary, I’m thrilled to be among the winners of the beautiful turkey plate. It hasn’t arrived yet, but will be on our table as soon as it does.
    I’ve never made cranberry sauce, but may have to make this one. I like the idea of using it to add to the brie pastry. May need to make one of those too!
    Happy Holidays! Stay well!

    • November 23, 2020 at 7:39 am

      Hi Sarah, This is so distressing as your plate should have arrived on Thursday. I sent you an email with the tracking information and it looks like it should be out for delivery today. Finger crossed! Please let me know when it arrives. ♥

  16. KathyP
    November 23, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Mary, Ina’s recipes are always delicious and I can’t wait to try this cranberry sauce. I’m thrilled to have been a lucky recipient of your generosity and a beautiful turkey plate. I have my “Tom” in my kitchen baker’s rack with a little autumnal display of pumpkins and Byer’s Choice pilgrim family. Thank you again and Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family. 🦃🍁🍽🍂

  17. November 23, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Cute turkey silverware! I haven’t even thought of our Thanksgiving menu, which is horrifying as the days fly by! Made the mistake of making a delicious stuffed turkey meatloaf, which will take 5 days to get through, roasted turkey has lost its luster now 😞

    I need to jump in on your cranberry sauce bandwagon, I’m living outdoors again, we only got 24 hours of rain when they projected 2 weeks worth, rather be in a garden than a kitchen when the sun shines! thanks for a reality break, if I don’t make it, we aren’t celebrating the day 😱

  18. Virginia
    November 23, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this cranberry relish recipe. I have always prepared a cranberry orange sauce but the addition of apples sounds so good. My daughter and her family arrive tomorrow going to let her decide Togo with tradition or try something new. I’m for trying new.

  19. November 24, 2020 at 11:04 am

    I like to cook different sauces. I’m so glad I found your recipe. I want to try a combination of cranberries and apples. Thanks!

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