The Best Cranberry Sauce Ever
1 bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained thoroughly
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 REAL maple syrup
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
Optional: 1 can mandarin oranges, drained or 1 fresh orange sliced
Add the first four ingredients to a medium saucepan and stir in the cinnamon. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer uncovered until the skins pop--usually around 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
During the cooling process, add the oranges and mix.
With the oranges this makes about 3 1/4 cups of sauce, without you'll end up with about 2 1/4 cups.
Pairs Well With
Everywhere I go I seem to find the same canned cranberry sauce, cranberry relish or plain homemade cranberry sauce. I can't stand the canned stuff, and the others are o.k., but I wanted to try my hand at something a little more spruced up. So I came up with this concoction. It's great served with a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but as long as cranberries are on the market, I'm making this cranberry sauce. It is great with meats, especially poultry!