Easy to make Cranberry Sauce recipe for one. This simple, classic Thanksgiving side dish is made with only 4 ingredients! It’s fresh tasting and absolutely delicious.
Welcome back to our Thanksgiving For One series! Whether you’re dining alone or feeding just a few, I think you’ll find the single serving recipes in our series helpful.
Today we’re focusing on one of my favorite holiday side dishes, Cranberry Sauce. Cranberries go so well with turkey and a Thanksgiving table just doesn’t feel complete without a bowl of homemade cranberry sauce.
I started our Thanksgiving For One series because there are so many people who find themselves dining alone on Thanksgiving. Many people enjoy Thanksgiving by themselves because of job situations, school responsibilities and/or travel expenses.
Some of us simply are thankful to be alone – in an age where we are all so busy and hassled, what could be better than spending the day doing exactly what YOU want to do.
So, if you’re thinking about your Thanksgiving menu and cranberry sauce is on your list, don’t be tempted for a minute to use the canned version. I’m going to show you how to make fresh cranberry sauce and I guarantee that once you see how easy it is, you’ll never go back to canned.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
For my cranberry sauce, I mostly use only 4 ingredients; fresh cranberries, sugar, orange juice and water. Sometimes, I’ll add the zest of an orange or I’ll add a cinnamon stick to the pot as it’s simmering. However, when I want to keep things super simple, this recipe is it.
How To Make Cranberry Sauce
The cranberry sauce comes together very quickly. Pour the cranberries into a small saucepan and add in the orange juice and water.
Then, add in the sugar and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the sugar melts, then continue simmering until the cranberries begin to soften and break down. As the mixture simmers, it begins to thicken.
This small batch of cranberry sauce can be made a day or so ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat it.
For this recipe, I use a 1-quart saucepan. For best results, use a pan of similar size.
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Cranberry Sauce Recipe For One
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon water
- Place the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking until the cranberries are tender and pop open, about 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool before serving.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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