Until last year when I thought of cranberries it was the decorative, dark red color, filler I tossed in glass vases and called it Christmas! But after I made my first fresh cranberry dish I fell in love with the sweet & tart mix of cranberries. And, it didn’t come from a can (no judgment). This orange cranberry sauce is a new favorite side dish for holiday meals.
Oranges, Apples & Cranberries
Now, here’s one of my favorite sources for easy, family-friendly recipes… the People food section of People magazine. Seriously, I have snapped photos from the celebrity recipes section. And the Wahlberg Orange Cranberry Sauce is a new family friendly. It’s brother Paul’s recipe. He is the chef and co-owner of the popular Wahlburger restaurants.
As with all my recipes, I tweak them a bit and this orange cranberry sauce recipe is no exception.
I skipped the thyme sprigs because that would have meant a third trip to the grocery store. Instead, I just added a little bit more orange zest.
The flavors bubbled just to the edge of the saucepan. With the bubbling mixture of tart cranberries and Granny Smith apples and the sweet oranges, I waited for the familiar sound of cranberries popping. Just remember don’t get distracted by the Hallmark Christmas movie playing in the background and forget to stir the pot.
I went off script (recipe) and added a few roasted pecans after I poured the orange cranberry sauce into a serving dish to chill. I took that idea from this cranberry sauce recipe.
Total sidebar but how many of you still like to print recipes? Enjoy! It’s a favorite for the holiday table! And, don’t forget it’s a great side for Valentine’s Day and Easter too!
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 orange, peeled, sectioned and chopped plus 1 tsp orange zest for garnish
- 1 small Granny Smith apple, unpeeled and diced
- thyme sprigs
- Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in large Dutch oven. Heat over medium stirring to dissolve sugar
- Cook without stirring, until mixture turns a light mahogany & candy thermometer reads 300 degrees.
- Add cranberries, orange, apple, and thyme
- Bring to a boil, stir continuously until cranberries pop.
- Cool to room temperature and chill until serving