I can’t believe it’s November! I love the holidays! Have you guys started preparing your Thanksgiving meal yet? I already have a list prepared of the food that I want to eat for Thanksgiving. This is the only day where I eat an endless amount of food.
Growing up, I wasn’t a big fan of cranberry sauce. It could be because it wasn’t homemade (sorry mom!). We cooked and baked everything else except for the cranberry sauce. I didn’t care for the texture or taste of it. But as I got older, my taste buds started to change. Plus, I learned how to cook. Now, I am a fan of cranberry sauce, and this is the best cranberry sauce that I have ever tried. It’s tangy and sweet. The pecans add a crunch to the sauce, and the chunks of cranberries add a burst of flavor. It does not bring me back to the canned cranberry sauce from my childhood. I am so thankful for that!
Cranberry sauce is a MUST for your Thanksgiving meal! It’s a sweet side that goes well with your savory dishes, such as your stuffing or oyster mushroom dressing. I had to add a little bourbon to the sauce. It’s the New Orleanian in me. It creates the perfect kick to the sauce.
Another bonus, the sauce is so easy to make! It takes 30 minutes to make this amazing side! First, you add water and brown sugar to a sauce pan and bring the water to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, you add all the ingredients and let simmer for 10 minutes. That’s it! Not a complicated meal at all! You can make this sauce in advance and refrigerate up to a week.
Let me know if you try this recipe and #freshcreole on social media!
- 2 (12 oz.) bag of fresh cranberries
- 1 cup of water
- 1 ½ cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup of halved pecan
- 3-4 tbs. of bourbon
- In a large saucepan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of brown sugar, and bring to a boil.
- Add cranberries, orange juice, pecans, ½ cup of brown sugar and bourbon, and combine well.
- Let simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Remove from fire and let cool.