If you're looking for a simple side dish to serve on Christmas, this Cranberry Sauce recipe only takes minutes to prepare. I typically make this dish at Thanksgiving. With its vibrant red color, however, I decided this would be the perfect side to serve along with a honey baked ham, brisket, or prime rib dinner. If you're not up to cooking a big meal this year, it tastes great as a stand alone dish. I made this Cranberry Sauce for my daughter this past weekend. She gobbled it up while watching Christmas movies. So however you prepare this dish-as the star of the show or as a side to the main attraction, I hope you enjoy this sweet and tangy Cranberry Sauce recipe as much as we do!
Although it's sweet with the addition of sugar and grape juice, a splash of lemon juice gives the dish some tangy tartness. You can also substitute some of the grape juice for red wine, which will also deepen the flavor. Just looking at this Cranberry Sauce puts me in a festive mood! Here's how I made this Christmas Cranberry Sauce recipe:
Ingredients: 3 cups fresh cranberries; 1 cup water; 1 cup granulated sugar; 3/4 cup grape juice (or 1/2 cup grape juice and 1/4 cup red wine); 2 tsp. lemon juice.
Directions: Place the water and sugar into a medium size heavy sauce pan. Boil over medium heat. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes.) Rinse the cranberries and add to the sauce pan. Simmer and stir until the cranberries begin to pop and sauce begins to thicken (about 10 minutes.) Remove from burner. Add the lemon juice. Pour cranberry sauce into a small covered casserole dish. Cool in the refrigerator for 3 hours, or until sauce is completely cooled and desired thickness is reached.
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