Easy Holiday Cranberry Recipe

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Cranberries have traditionally been one of those holiday dishes that I would pass on. Growing up I thought they were much too tart. They always seemed to get in the way of the delicious, savory foods like stuffing and gravy and mashed potatoes.

But I’ve come to appreciate them in the past few years and their tartness flavor. I find that when it’s combined with the savory food staples, cranberries bring a beautiful balance to the meal.

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It is believed that the pilgrims and the Native Americans ate cranberries at the first Thanksgiving due to the abundance in the 1500s so cranberries during the holidays, specifically Thanksgiving, is a tradition steeped in our history in the United States.

And contrary to popular belief, or what many have seen in the Ocean Spray commercials, Cranberries do not grow in water. They are a low-lying shrub or vine. They prefer bogs with soil made of sand, peat, gravel and clay.

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The reason you see them in water so often is because they are harvested “wet.” This means that the bogs are flooded with water when the cranberries are ripe. They will be “beaten” off the vines if they haven’t fallen off and the ripe berries will float. They are then sucked into a machine for harvesting.

You can see them flooding the fields and beating them off the vines here.

 

You can see them harvesting them from the fields here.


This cranberry recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other winter holiday when you and your family are gathered round a happy table. It’s also really easy to make on a regular basis if you’re a cranberry lover.

With just three ingredients, it’s probably the easiest recipe I’ve ever made and pairs wonderfully with these sour cream mashed potatoes. Grab the simple recipe below and make these for your next holiday feast.

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Holiday Cranberry Recipe
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag (12 oz) of cranberries
  • ½ cup of natural honey
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
Instructions
  1. Add honey and cranberries to a sauce pan and heat on medium.
  2. When it starts to bubble add sprigs of rosemary.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Serve warm

 

If you love cranberries, check out this Cranberry Upside Down Cake. For additional recipes, click here.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Cranberries or a favorite of this family. We love to use cranberries with Thanksgiving every year. It does not feel like Thanksgiving without cranberries on the table LOL. I would love to try this one.

  2. Once I tried real cranberry sauce I was so done with the cans! This recipe looks really delicious and perfect for turkey day.

  3. Once I tried real cranberry sauce I was so done with the cans! This recipe looks really delicious and perfect for turkey day this year.

  4. We always have this for Thanksgiving. I’ve never tried making it myself though. My husbands grandparents always make it. I’ll have to try out this recipe.

  5. I am a cranberry lover, but often don’t think to make them outside of the holidays. It was fun seeing how they are harvested. I must admit I thought they grew in water.

  6. I may be weird, but the cranberry sauce is my favorite of all the Thanksgiving dishes. It is so easy to make it yourself, and is so much better than the canned variety.

  7. I’m usually such a big fan of the jellied cranberry sauce in the can… But this looks amazing. We had some like this at my work the other day and it was soooo good.

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