This amazing seven ingredient Citrus Cranberry Sauce is the easiest holiday side dish to grace your dinner table, with a bright and flavorful twist on an otherwise traditional dish.
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Original content posted November 2013. Updated November 2018.
I’ll be honest. When I first introduced this Citrus Cranberry Sauce to our Thanksgiving dinner menu, I only did so because in my mind, it’s something you just have to have. Cranberry sauce that is. It’s tradition.
Although I don’t recall ever having it at any of my holiday dinners growing up, it’s something that I really wanted to introduce to my own dinners now that I was making my own menu. And believe me, I’m so glad I did!
For our first Thanksgiving in Wisconsin, seven years ago, I was working in the craft industry and my supervisor at the time shared her Citrus Cranberry Sauce recipe with me. Her original recipe used oranges but I made the switch to clementines as they’re something I always have on hand during the holidays and that means one less ingredient to buy.
Plus they just taste better in my humble opinion! I also love that you’re able to make it a couple of days ahead of time to not only to get a jumpstart on your holiday meal prep, but to allow the flavors to fully develop as well!
This amazing seven ingredient Citrus Cranberry Sauce is the easiest holiday side dish to grace your dinner table. Bits of citrus packed clementines, tart cranberries and sweet pineapple are stirred together and then spiced with both cloves and cinnamon to create a bright and flavorful twist on an otherwise traditional dish.
It’s obviously delicious on it’s own, but I also love it warm as an amazing topping for my Yogurt Waffles or Vanilla French Toast. Leftover sauce is also the star of my Cranberry Cobbler Muffins. The perfect day after Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch treat.
How to Make Citrus Cranberry Sauce
 Bring sugar and water to a boil.
 Add cranberries, clementines and cloves to saucepan.
 Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until berries pop open.
 Stir in pineapple, walnuts and cinnamon and remove from heat. Cool and serve.
Citrus Cranberry Sauce
- 1 pound fresh cranberries
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 clementines unpeeled, seeds removed and chopped fine
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 15- ounce can crushed pineapple drained
- 1/2 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Wash cranberries and set aside.
- Bring sugar and water to a boil.
- Add cranberries, clementines and cloves and simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until berries pop open.
- Stir in pineapple, walnuts and cinnamon and remove from heat.
- Cool and serve.
Looking to infuse even more cranberry flavor into your holiday meal? Your guests would love to see this vibrant Cranberry Gingersnap Pie, crowd pleasing Cranberry Fluff Salad, this tart and spicy Cranberry Pepper Jam or this sweet Nutty Oatmeal Cranberry Bars recipe on your table.