Today it is a joy to welcome my friend Ludavia as a guest contributor to my Acreage of Grace. Ludavia and I were introduced through an Instagram group that we are both a part of and I feel so blessed to have gotten to know her over the last few months! Ludavia is a mama of two who loves to encourage other mamas. She loves to cook, doodle, sing and write. She blogs at www.themamaworkshop.com where you will find encouragement posts, recipes and tips to make motherhood simpler. Please follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Ludavia is a great cook so I asked her to contribute one of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes and she sent me over a delicious recipe for her cranberry sauce! Please join me in welcoming Ludavia to my Acreage of Grace!
It’s not Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce (not in my house at least). It’s a family favorite. Well, I should say a new family favorite. We ate the canned version since I can remember. When I found out how simple it was to make homemade, the cranberry sauce in a can didn’t make its way on the table anymore.
It’s been a family favorite for 3 years.
Plus, being able to put all the ingredients in a crockpot makes it my favorite (a crockpot is a mama’s best friend in the kitchen)! It’s something I can just put together and let it marry while I’m making other delicious dishes for Thanksgiving Day. Did I mention it makes your home smell like heaven? If heaven smells like cranberries, oranges and cinnamon. So, good!
Here what you need…
Crockpot Cranberry Sauce
1 – 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
8 mandarins freshly squeezed + 1/2 cup filtered water (or 1 cup orange juice)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Set your crockpot on high.
- Place the cranberries in a colander and rinse with cold water.
- Put the cranberries in your crockpot.
- Now, I didn’t have orange juice handy. But, I had 8 mandarins. I cut them in half; and, my son and I hand juiced them using a manual citrus juicer. He loved pressing them and watching the juice go into the bowl. It ended up being a fun toddler activity. It was only a half cup of juice. So, I mixed it with a half cup of filtered water.
- Pour the juice into the crockpot.
- Next, pour the sugar and the cinnamon into the crockpot.
- Give all the ingredients a good stir with a rubber spatula.
- Let it marry for 3-4 hours. My cranberry sauce was done in 3 hours.
- In the crockpot, using a potato masher, mash the cranberries to your desired consistency.
- Pour the cranberry sauce into your serving dish. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools.
- Serve with your favorite Thanksgiving dinner.
This sauce is so yummy and goes great with turkey.
If you are making this ahead of time, cranberry sauce freezes beautifully. Simply scoop the cranberry sauce into a freezer bag after it’s cooled; and, put it in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge 24-48 hours before Thanksgiving Day.
Have leftover cranberry sauce? Here are some great recipes to use:
Make Just a Taste’s Leftover Cranberry Sauce and Apple Crisp for dessert.
Have it for lunch using Little Dairy on the Prairie’s Turkey & Cranberry Quesadilla recipe.
Make a pizza! Yes, you read that right. Recipe Runner’s Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza is delicious!
Or make a salmon dish using Peas and Crayons’ Cranberry Pecan Crusted Salmon recipe.
I hope this cranberry sauce becomes your family favorite too! Enjoy!