Homemade cranberry sauce is very easy and, as long as you sell it properly, your true motives (maximum love for minimum effort) will be our secret. By sell it, I mean tell all about your secret tangerine/cherry-spiked version sauce, and how involved it is to make. Of course, since it is a top-secret recipe, you'll not be able to give details, but you're sure they'll be blown away.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine cranberries, cherries, sugar, tangerine juice, tangerine zest, star anise, cinnamon stick, and whole cloves in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are all popped, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Discard star anise, cinnamon stick, and whole cloves, and refrigerate until needed.

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Nutrition Facts

128.2 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 31.3g 10% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 3.1mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (54)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2012
This recipe is a keeper. Everyone loved it. I had a couple guest that said they did not like cranberries......but they loved it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/06/2017
I did not care for the spiciness licorice flavor of the star of anise and maybe also the cloves? Not a fan this time. Read More
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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 60
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2012
This recipe is a keeper. Everyone loved it. I had a couple guest that said they did not like cranberries......but they loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2014
Great recipe! My family loved the sauce. The texture was great good amount of tartness and not too sweet or bitter. Couldn't find star anise but I didn't miss it once I tasted the sauce. Very easy to make as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2013
Very good! Even though I had to use ground cinnamon (I had ground up all my cin sticks previously) and used a few shakes of 5 spice (didn't have star anise) AND grated in fresh nutmeg vs cloves...this turned out really well. Only did half the recipe (for 2 of us). As good as it was then I realized I had 1/2 C of crushed pineapple I wanted to use up so that got incorporated too. Also did half sugar & 1/2 honey. If per chance you have leftovers I used mine (about 2/3 C) for a sweet n sour sauce base (added water then strained) and it was an interesting way to create something else from this. Probably would be good for a pork roast glaze also. Just some ideas. Thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2012
Made for Christmas dinner with ham - delicious and did not change a thing! Next time would probably use only 3/4 c. sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2014
Loved it and followed the recipe... tangerines too. I was surprised how it thickened up by morning. Delish. Next time will try it with Splenda and dial it back just a bit (Hubs isn't supposed to eat sugar). This was like thick tangy candy. Chef John I did not reveal this is an EASY PEASY recipes per directions in the video. The poppin' berry was a great detail reassuring me that all was right in the pan. And yes we did ENJOY. Thanks bunches. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2015
My mom said this was the best Cranberry Sauce she has ever had! That is an A in my book. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2017
OMg! This is amazing. Easy elegant and delicious. Followed the recipe as written and got rave reviews. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2014
10 out of 10! Delicous and easy. Will never serve the canned stuff again. I could not find star anise so I substituted with anis oil 1/4 tsp was a bit strong but still scrumptous. Made the second batch with 1/8 tsp of anis and doubled the cinnamin and cloves..... even better! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2016
Made this according to recipe but using less sugar. Nice flavor. Of course was better day after. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/06/2017
I did not care for the spiciness licorice flavor of the star of anise and maybe also the cloves? Not a fan this time. Read More
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