This spicy cranberry sauce recipe is healthy, delicious, and ever so easy to make. I used two cups of fresh cranberries in this spicy cranberry sauce recipe, so it’s perfect if you’re cooking for one. And you can easily double or triple it too if you want to make more.
The only ingredients you need are fresh cranberries, a small orange, honey, cloves, star anise, and a cinnamon twig. For the spices, you will need a small gauze bag and a mortar and pestle.
Place the whole spices into the mortar (the bowl), and gently break them down using the pestle (the grinding tool). Put the spices into the small muslin bag and tie it tightly with a string. So you don’t have a muslin bag? Put the spices on some cheesecloth and tie a string around the cloth, making it into a ball.
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I bought my muslin bags a while back and use them all the time for cooking, crafts, and gifting little gifts. You can buy them here.
Place the cranberries in a saucepan and cover them with water. Toss in the bag with the spices, and bring the contents to a rolling boil.
Let the mixture simmer for approximately 10 minutes (or until the little cranberry “pops” stop), and remove from the heat. Allow the spices and berries to steep until the contents have cooled down.
While waiting for the cranberries to cool down, slice the orange into several sections. Put the orange pieces into a small blender or food processer. Remove the spice bag from the saucepan, and strain the water from the cranberries. (I save the cranberry water for cocktails or add a sprig of mint and enjoy, unsweetened or add sugar). Add the cranberries and honey, then blend or pulse until the mixture is the consistency you enjoy most.
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Pour the contents into a small bowl and garnish with a slice of orange or some orange zest. Then top the sauce with a sprig of mint or rosemary and serve!
And if you happen to have any leftovers, I’ve listed 20 ways to use them in the chart below.
If you prefer a less orangey dish, peel the orange before blending and zest some of the orange peel into the mixture. You can also adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey. If you like a little more spice, stir in a couple shakes of cinnamon powder.
If you make this recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know how it turns out for you. And you can also share a photo of your dish on my Instagram account with the hashtag #thrivingwithless – Bon Appetit!