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Most people think of cranberry sauce as a standard traditional holiday dish, but it’s rare to find a person who actually likes it. That’s because most people go to the store and get this “stuff” that comes in a can. You slice it and watch it wiggle on your plate. Weird.
That’s not cranberry sauce in our house. Our cranberry sauce is my Grandma’s recipe – and it’s actually SAUCE! Not only is it amazing and easy, but it is a precious memory. My grandmother passed away when I was four years old, and I don’t remember her much at all. But her recipe lives on and will be a part of our holiday season every year if I have any say in the matter.
The recipe is easy:
1 bag of cranberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
Boil all of the ingredients, stirring frequently, until the cranberries split and the sugar is dissolved.
Run through a food mill with strainer. The texture should be about like that of homemade applesauce, and VOILA! The best cranberry sauce EVER! You have to have the apple in it because it helps counter the tartness you will normally find in cranberries.
FAQ: I get asked a lot if you can use a blender or food processor. I would say no, but I have never tried it. The food mill strains out the cranberry solids / husks and leaves you with a nice smooth sauce.