RECIPE: Perfect Homemade Cranberry Sauce

When you think of cranberry sauce, do you envision a ridged jelly cylinder straight from a tin can? Yuck. Think again and take 15 minutes to whip up this perfect cranberry sauce, a combo of tart, juicy cranberries and dried cherries in a sweet citrus sauce. Turkey will never be the same!


3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup orange juice or cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cherries


1) Rinse and drain cranberries. In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, sugar, brown sugar and dried cherries. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until cranberries pop open and sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Spoon off any foam that has formed and cool to room temperature before serving.

Yield: 2 cups cranberry sauce