A few years ago the proverbial baton was passed from my mother to me for cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Although I have crafted and perfected many of the dishes myself, her homemade cranberry sauce recipe was one that had to remain a tradition. It has the perfect tart/sweet balance and the addition of Grand Marnier really adds deliciousness to its flavor profile. Best yet, it’s easy to make and looks stunning on the serving table. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and the dish only gets better as it sits marinates.
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup Karo or other light corn syrup
1/2 cup Grand Marnier
2 cans of mandarin oranges
Rinse and dry cranberries. Add berries, corn syrup and Grand Marnier to medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for approximately seven minutes or until most of the berries split open. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Draining most of the liquid, layer cranberries with mandarin oranges in container. Decorate the top with remaining mandarin oranges.
Don’t discard the remaining liquid! It’s delicious as is served over ice cream or pancakes and also in cocktails! For a thicker more like syrup sauce, you can reduce it on the stove, to0.
I hope you enjoy this homemade cranberry sauce as much as we do!