This Ultimate Cranberry Sauce with the flavours of bourbon and maple syrup is sure to be a hit on your holiday table.
I always wondered what the big deal was in making homemade cranberry sauce. Canned sauce was all I ever knew, so one day I decided to make my own to see if there really is a difference. That was all it took…since that day many years ago I have NEVER bought cranberry sauce again. Homemade gravy is also a MUST, bought just does not cut it.
It really is a simple process and you can play with the flavours to create your special sauce. Everything from different alcohols, citrus flavours, spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to different sweeteners like maple syrup and honey, create wonderful sauces that are sure to convert the canned sauce people to homemade…all it takes is 1 time!!
You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. I usually buy a few bags and put them in the freezer. This sauce is so wonderful that it can be used in many ways beyond turkey dinner.
I have played around with many different combinations over the years. All have been really good, but this Ultimate Cranberry Sauce is our favourite version. We just love the tartness of the cranberries, mixed with the vanilla hinted bourbon and the sweetness of the maple syrup.
I love using it for appetizers like featured in this post. Cranberry sauce is a great addition to any cheese platter. Here I used it to top tangy goat cheese. I also love using it in yogurt and it makes a wonderful addition to sandwiches….especially turkey or ham!!
Speaking of bourbon, have you tried my Boozy Bourbon Fudge? OMG, this is the BEST homemade gourmet fudge perfect for the holidays. I love taking this as a hostess gift and believe me they LOVE receiving it too.
If you haven’t ever made your own cranberry sauce, head into the kitchen and give it a try…..you will wonder how you ever managed without homemade before!!
If you are looking for another great appetizer try Fresh Tomato Bruschetta…it’s a great party pleaser too!!
Ultimate Cranberry Sauce
- 1 oz bag of cranberries fresh or frozen 12 ., rinsed
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup bourbon
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Place all ingredients (except cranberries) into a pot.
- Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes making sure sugar dissolves.
- Add cranberries and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer till berries start to burst.
- Remove from heat.
- Press slightly with a fork.
- Place in bowl, cool and place in fridge till ready to use.