Put the can DOWN!!!

cranberriesI may offend some of you with this post, but it must be said…canned cranberry sauce comes straight from the pit of hell.  It’s true.  You may be completely unaware there are other options, but I assure you, there are.  I’ve hosted Thanksgiving for the past five years, and one of my favorite things to make is my grandmother’s cranberry recipe.  The orange zest is actually my contribution to the recipe…tried it out a couple years ago and thought it added a nice touch.  It’s super easy to make, and super-duper-delicious to eat.  Try it, you’ll LOVE it!

MawMaw’s Thanksgiving Cranberries

Put 4 cups of fresh cranberries in a 9 x 13 baking dish

Cover cranberries with 2 cups granulated sugar

Cover dish with foil and bake for one hour at 300°

While cranberries are in oven, put the zest of one orange into 1/3 cup of brandy.  Let sit. 

Immediately pour the orange infused brandy over the cranberries after removing from the oven. 


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    Yansci said,

    Last Thanksgiving, I was called white trash because I served canned cranberry jelly. I must say that I am quite fond of it, actually. However, I am NOT offended by your statement that it comes straight from the pit of hell. (Ask your mom and dad about that.) This week I have been Suzy homemaker. I have made cranberry bread, taco soup, BBQ pecans, seasoned oyster crackers, AND my dad’s cranberry relish. It includes 1 bag of cranberries, 2 oranges, 2 granny smith apples, 1/2 c. sugar, and 1 c. pecans. Put cranberries in food processor. Quarter and seed apples and oranges (peel 1 and not the other) and process in food processor Add sugar and nuts. Let sit for at least 1 night. DELICIOUS!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    annalee said,

    no wonder i’ve never liked cranberry sauce! thanks for letting me know what’s up in the world of cranberries. we will have to give this recipe a whirl sometime.
    and for the record you should know i couldn’t be happier about sharing kristin with you! she is an excellent friend indeed and you are definitely an answered prayer too. we had prayed lots for clay and her to find great friends there when they moved and what a mighty answer to that prayer in you guys!
    happy thanksgiving to your sweet family!

  3. 3

    Suzanne said,

    I agree. I’m looking forward to having the real stuff on a grilled turkey sandwich Friday! Yumm.

  4. 4

    Kristin said,

    whatever. i love canned cranberry sauce…maybe more than any fancy schmancy real cranberry recipe…but maybe if you’re lucky i’ll try yours someday.

  5. 5

    Teri McCallon said,

    It WAS delicious!!!

  6. 6

    […] made my grandmother’s cranberry recipe yesterday.  You should make it today.  And then put some on your turkey Thursday.  You […]

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