Homemade Cranberry Sauce: Tart Tangy Thanksgiving Side

Stephie Predmore | Stephie Cooks

If you love that tin can stuff, we know we can sway you to Stephie's homemade cranberry sauce. Smooth, sweet, tangy, and perfect for your Thanksgiving table.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Photo

When you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, what do you reach for to put on your turkey? Some people are in the gravy-only camp, spooning it over half of their plate. Turkey, stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, all pulled together with homemade turkey gravy.

Then there are those who stand firmly by the cranberry sauce. They see no reason to repeat the flavors of the turkey with the gravy itself, but rather wish to enhance their holiday dining experience with the contrasting flavors of the tart-sweet cranberry sauce. Their plates, and subsequent day-after turkey sandwiches, are piled high with almost as much cranberry sauce as turkey, and they like it that way, thank you very much.

Then you have people like my father, who will happily mix the two. Unwilling – or unable – to choose a side, they gladly mingle the savory, sweet, and tart all together. While I may not exactly join my father with this flavor mash-up, I must agree that with all of those savory dishes, having a little bit of tart cranberry sauce is a must for balancing out your Thanksgiving plate.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Picture

While my family has always been big fans of my aunt’s Texas Cranberry Chutney, I know many families who cannot have a Thanksgiving dinner without the traditional canned cranberry sauce. You know what I’m talking about: the kind that plops out of the can, with the can’s ridges firmly imprinted into the side.

I get the allure of the canned stuff, I really do. It is traditional, not to mention easy. But what if I told you that you could make your own Jellied Cranberry Sauce, free of gelatin and preservatives…and that it would be incredibly easy…and that, since you can control the amount of sugar that goes into it, you can make it as tart or as sweet as your family likes? Are you sold yet? Because I sure am.

Make sure to complete your dinner with the other great Thanksgiving recipes available on Food Fanatic!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 2 cups Cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients and process until smooth.
  2. Press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any remaining lumps or large pieces of skin.
  3. Pour the resulting cranberry juice into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Cook the sauce, whisking constantly, until thick and bubbly.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before placing in a jar or bowl.
  6. Cool to room temperature, cover, and place in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight to set.
  7. Serve with Thanksgiving dinner!


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Stephie Predmore

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Stephie is all about encouraging the art of cooking in her friends and family through her blog, Stephie Cooks. We love that she's also encouraging classic favorites as our Copycat Recipe expert, taking back of the box favorites and updating them for the way we eat today.