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Fabulous Sides for Thanksgiving

5 from 1 vote
Course Side
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tart Granny Smith apple
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Squeeze the juice from the orange and set the juice aside.
  • Remove and discard the membrane from inside the orange rind and cut the rind into small dice.
  • In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the rind and the water and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  • Peel, core and quarter the apple. Cut into 1/2-inch dice and place the apple in a saucepan.
  • Sort the cranberries, discarding any soft ones. Add to the apples, along with the orange juice, orange
  • rind, sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and partially cover the pan.
  • Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, the appleis tender and the cranberries have burst , about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the cranberry sauce to a heatproof bowl and let cool for 1 hour before serving.
  • Or cover and refrigerate then bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Spoon the cranberry sauce into a sauce boat to pass at the table.
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