Simple Cranberry Sauce
Serves: makes 2½ cups
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag cranberries, washed and picked through
  • zest of 2 oranges, optional
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar, water, zest and salt to a boil. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the cranberries and return to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until slightly thickened and about two-thirds of the berries have popped open. For me, this was about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Transfer sauce to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
from Cook's Illustrated
Recipe by Kitchen Meets Girl at