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Monday, November 24, 2014

The world's best, fast & easy Thanksgiving cranberries

If you haven't made your cranberries for Thanksgiving or were planning on opening a can instead of cooking, let me recommend this recipe.  Because they are THAT yummy and they rock my Thanksgiving with the combo tart sweet flavor!  And because you KNOW it's me, it's also super fast and super easy to prepare, AND the bonus is that you make it a few days ahead of time.
Truth be told, I used to pop open the can too.  I mean as bad as it is, I kinda liked the canned cranberries and even that canned cranberry jelly goo stuff that you slice with a knife!  Don't tell.  But it was as much a part of Thanksgiving as little kids putting olives on their fingers!   Until... my mother-in-law made this recipe one year and I swiped the recipe from her and it's been on our Thanksgiving table ever since!  Thank you, Granna!  Cause like I said it's fast, easy, made ahead of time (and those things cannot be underrated for busy mama's) and really really yummy!

So if you haven't done it already try it out and I promise you won't be disappointed. Re the dried cherries, I get mine at Sprouts in bulk.  It only calls for a cup.  But you can try Whole Foods, Trader Joe's... Re why stores now seem to sell cranberries in 12 oz bags instead of a full pound is beyond me!  That kinda of thing happens all the time and really messes up my recipes. 'Cause now what am I suppose to do with 8 oz extra of fresh cranberries from the remaining bag!

Thanksgiving Cranberries

1 lb of fresh cranberries, rinsed
2 c sugar
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. cranberry juice
zest of 1 orange
1 c dried cherries

In pot combine cranberries, sugar, juices and orange zest.  Cook over medium heat till slow boil until berries pop open, about 10 minutes.  Stir in cherries.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate.  
Throw it all in a pot, minus the dried cherries
Boil till the cranberries pop.  You can see them starting to pop here.
Plop in the dried cherry and cool.
Yep, that's it!
Easy peasy!


  1. Nancy-For your extra cranberries......
    My mom used to get a nice, decorative glass bowl, fill with water and put the cranberries in there, along with some nice greenery from the yard. (the cranberries float!) Makes a nice centerpiece or coffee table piece. I am going to try your recipe. Thanks! Karen

    1. Thank you for the idea, Karen! Great idea to decorate with them!

  2. what a great recipe! we had a pre-thanksgiving thanksgiving with just the family and the cranberries turned out AMAZING. so so good and my two boys devoured the bowl!

    1. Oh goodness I LOVE LOVE to hear back if someone tries something and how it turned out! Thank you for telling me how it went, Christina! Super easy to throw together hu?! And glad it was a hit. It's just a flavor on the Thanksgiving plate that isn't right if it's not there!


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