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Easy Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce

While I realize most of you probably already have your Thanksgiving menu ironed out, I’m still throwing this recipe out there for consideration. It’s that good!

Just like Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without stuffing, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce …in my opinion. Of which, I am occasionally in doubt but never wrong.

When I’m menu planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a random mid-August dinner party with a winter holiday theme, cranberry sauce is the last recipe to cross my mind. I’m usually so preoccupied with the larger tasks at hand: don’t burn the bird, casserole, stuffing too, array of desserts, appetizers, theme-appropriate cocktails, something kids will eat, etc. …that the cranberry sauce is forgotten until the last minute.

If you’re like me, worry not. I’ve got your hostess-with-the-mostess hiney covered. The ingredients in this foolproof cranberry sauce are probably already in your house and this deliciousness can be prepared the night before or just 15 minutes before. It’s up to you!

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In addition to this cranberry sauce being lick-the-spoon tasty, it’s actually healthy too! So put those cans of cranberry sauce down. Food shaped like a can is scary.

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Whip up this gourmet sauce in no time and move onto enjoying your Thanksgiving.

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I’ll show you how …

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First, you’re going to need a few oranges. Navel, tangerine, other orange … doesn’t matter. Pick what you’ve got or what you like.

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Zest one of the oranges. We’re looking to get about 1 Tbl of zest here. Note that if you’re particularly sensitive to bitter flavors, leave the zest out. I happen to love a little bitter bite. I think it balances out the other Thanksgiving flavors fabulously.

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Cut up about 3 medium sized oranges and one small lemon.

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Squeeze the juices out of the oranges and lemon until you’ve got ½ cup of juice.

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Add ¼ cup of honey to the orange/lemon juice.

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Whisk them together until the honey is dissolved.

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Resist the temptation to just drink this straight out of the measuring cup and pour it into a medium pot over medium heat.

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Cover with a lid and let it simmer on low for just a few minutes.

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Got a good simmer?

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Time to add the fresh cranberries! Pour in 5 cups of the adorable little buggers.

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Stir them up!

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Cover with the lid again, over medium heat, and let it sit for another 5 minutes.

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Give the cranberries a stir. It is going to sound like you’re popping popcorn – the cranberries pop when they cook! It’s pretty neat – I think …I’m also easily amused.

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Sprinkle in a pinch or two of kosher salt.

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Stir and cook for another 5 minutes!

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Throw in the orange zest at the last minute and give it a few more vagarious stirs.

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It should look like this when it’s done!

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If you’re making it the night before, you can pour it into a loaf pan {line with parchment paper if you want to make your life easier}.

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Pat it down then put in the fridge over night.

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Pull it out and then flip it onto a platter!

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You can use a spatula to smooth out the sides into a slice-able loaf.

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It doesn’t have a really thick consistency {like the canned stuff} but it’s easy to pass and share.

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Another option is to just pour it into a bowl straight from the pot {or from the fridge from the night before}.

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Delicious either way.

Happy cooking!

Easy Homemade Paleo Cranberry Sauce

Serves 10

Ingredients:

½ cup orange juice

juice of 1 small lemon

¼ cup honey

5 cups raw cranberries

1 Tbl orange zest {from approx. 1 orange}

pinch of salt

fresh thyme for garnish {optional}

Directions:

Pour the orange juice, lemon juice, and honey into a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Let simmer for a few minutes.

Add the fresh cranberries, stir, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Add the salt, stir, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the orange zest, stir, and either pour in a loaf pan to cool and set in the refrigerator overnight or into a bowl to serve warm.

Time: 15 minutes

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on Real Food Pledge and commented:
    This is so lovely that I just had to share it!

    November 27, 2013
    • Thanks, Caralee!!

      November 29, 2013
      • You are welcome? I love your recipes & your website. Yours is one of my favourite blogs!

        November 29, 2013
  2. thanks for sharing 🙂

    November 27, 2013
  3. Denise Haley #

    Happy Thanksgiving!    Just wanted to tell you that I love, love, LOVE  your blog and recipes.   Such fun to read and so well explained.   Thank you, thank you!

    Enjoy your holiday!

    Denise

    November 27, 2013
    • You made my day, Denise! Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet comment. Happy belated Thanksgiving 🙂

      November 29, 2013
  4. Amazing! I’m going to try this!

    November 28, 2013

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