In addition to green beans, mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and giblet gravy, my Christmas table always includes homemade cranberry sauce. I’m always surprised when I hear people say that making cranberry sauce is difficult when in fact, it’s a breeze.
I don’t use a written recipe to make cranberry sauce – I just combine the ingredients from the photo above until I like what’s going on in the pan.
To start, I sauté onions in a bit of veggie oil.
Then I add star anise, minced ginger and the cranberries.
Next I stir in some sugar (usually about 2 cups for about 8 cups of cranberries will do since we don’t like our cranberry sauce super sweet).
Then I add a few splashes of red wine.
Once the mixture is boiling hard, I turn down the heat to medium-low and simmer it until the mixture is thickened and most of the berries have broken.
The last step is to add a spoonful of vanilla.
The entire process takes about 15 minutes. That’s it.
Will you be making or buying cranberry sauce this Christmas?