Since I’m hosting my very first Thanksgiving at my home this year, I’ve been practicing recipes so it goes smoothly. Since my husband loves Alton Brown on the Food Network, I decided to try out his recipe for homemade cranberry sauce (I changed a few things for convenience sake – hey I have a 1 year old!!). If you’re not familiar with Alton Brown, you MUST watch his show Good Eats. He’s fantastic!
Alton Brown’s Cranberry Sauce
1/4 cup orange juice (I used bottled)
1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice, NOT cocktail
1 cup honey
1 pound fresh cranberries
Wash the cranberries well, discarding any wrinkled or soft ones. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the orange juice, cranberry juice and honey. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and cook for 15 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the mixture begins to thicken. Don’t cook for more than 15 minutes though because it will not set right. Pour into a mold (or a bowl if you don’t have a mold!) and refrigerate at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. Serve chilled.
The Verdict: This is very easy to make and a nice change from the canned stuff. My husband loved it, and in his words “this is really good, I don’t like the stuff in the can but this I can eat!” Make it. Eat it. Love it.