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Basic Cranberry Sauce
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Makes: 8 servings

No Thanksgiving table is complete without a bowl of cranberry sauce. Instead of using the canned stuff, make your own in just a half hour.

Game plan: The cranberry sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead. Store in the refrigerator and let come to room temperature before serving.

This recipe was featured as part of our Thanksgiving for Beginners menu.


  1. 1Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. 2Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the cranberries are soft and start to fall apart, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool—the sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Basic Cranberry Sauce
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