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Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Spice

Nothing says the Holidays like this does.

Orange and Spice Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make and it’s such a beautiful festive color to add to the holiday dinner table.  Cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and star anise spice up this cranberry sauce along with the wonderful flavor of orange zest.  It’s soooo good.

The deep rich color of cranberry sauce is so pretty that I like to decorate the table with it by serving it in different types of dishes depending on the table setting I use.

Below after the step-by-step instructions I included some serving dish inspiration with examples that can be used for cranberry sauce.

Cranberry sauce in white, black or clear glass serving dishes are a nice contrast with the deep red color of the cranberries.

It’s interesting how sometimes different serving dishes can give food a different vibe.

Here are more recipes with cranberries you may like “Turkey, Cranberry and Cream Cheese Pecan Wrap“, “Lemonade Cranberry Sauce” and “Limeade, Cranberry and Blackberry Compote“.

Let’s check out the ingredients and how to make this flavorful cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce with Orange Ingredients

Fresh cranberries, zest from an orange, sugar, water, star anise, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, cheesecloth, cooking twine…

Whole Spice in Jar

…and since I forgot to add them above, the whole allspice berries

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Sachet of Spices:

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Cut a piece of cooking twine that’s about 5 inches long.  Set aside.

Cut a piece of cheese cloth that’s about 5 inches by 5 inches.

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In the center, add the cinnamon sticks,

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star anise,

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whole allspice,

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and whole cloves.

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Then,

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gather all 4 sides of the cheesecloth together…

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…and tie the string to make a sachet.

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Cut off the excess pieces of string and set the sachet aside for a moment.

For the Cranberry Sauce:

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Heat a medium size pan on medium heat.  Add the water,

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sugar,

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and the sachet.  Stir.

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When the water comes to a boil,

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add the cranberries and…

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…stir.  Cook until the cranberries begin to pop (about 5 minutes).

Remove the pan from the heat…

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…then

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…stir in the orange zest…

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…and cool.  If you have the time, refrigerate 1 to 3 days before serving (with the spice sachet).

If not, let the cranberries cook a little bit longer until the desired consistency is reached (about 4 or 5 minutes).

Continuously stir as it’s cooking.  Stir in the orange zest and let cool.

Chill in the fridge (with the spice sachet still in the mixture).

Remove the spice sachet before serving.

Serving Dish Inspiration

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Cranberries in white….

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….a white bowl really sets off the beautiful color of the cranberry sauce.

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Cranberries in black…black is such a nice contrast with dark red color.

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How about a dish that sparkles like a glass candy dish….makes the cranberry sauce look so festive.

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A banana split glass dish really shows off this pretty cranberry sauce…like it’s in a picture frame.

For as long as I can remember, my grandmother served cranberry sauce in a banana split glass dish.

So of course my Holiday dinner table won’t be without cranberry sauce in a clear banana split serving dish.  Little traditions are the best.

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A martini glass adds height to the dinner table and accents the beautiful color of the cranberry sauce.

Recipe adapted from Mom Parsons’ cranberries from the Los Angeles Times

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Orange and Spice Cranberry Sauce
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Print Recipe

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Spice

Nothing says the Holidays like this does!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
(Total time does not include time to cool and chill) 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 (Serves about 6 to 8)

Ingredients

For the Sachet of Spices:

  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon whole allspice berries
  • 1 star anise

For the Cranberry Sauce:

  • ¾ cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) of fresh cranberries
  • Zest from 1 orange

Instructions

For the Sachet of Spices:

  1. Cut a piece of cooking twine that’s about 5 inches long. Set aside. Cut a piece of cheese cloth that’s about 5 inches by 5 inches. In the center, add the cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, whole cloves, and star anise. 
  2. Gather all 4 sides of the cheesecloth together and tie the string to make a sachet. Cut off the excess pieces of string and set aside for a moment.

For the Cranberry Sauce:

  1. Heat a medium size pan on medium heat. 
  2. Add the water, sugar, and the sachet of spices. Stir. When the water comes to a boil, add the cranberries and stir. 
  3. Cook until the cranberries begin to pop (about 5 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat, add the orange zest and cool.
  4. If you have the time, refrigerate 1 to 3 days before serving. If not, let the cranberries cook a little longer until the desired consistency is reached (about 4 to 5 minutes). Continuously stir as it’s cooking. Stir in the orange zest and let cool to room temperature.

  5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and remove the sachet before serving.

Recipe adapted from Mom Parsons' cranberries from the Los Angeles Times

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