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Orange Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to the northeastern United States, growing wild in bogs and swamps. Cranberries have become a staple at holiday meals, especially Thanksgiving. This is my kicked-up version of cranberry sauce.Recipes by Emeril Lagasse, from "Farm to Fork," HarperStudio, New York, 2010, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

  • Yield: 2 cups
Orange Cranberry Sauce



  • 1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup ruby port
  • 3/4 cup sugar, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup toasted pecans or walnuts


  1. Combine the cranberries, orange zest and juice, port, sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries are tender and the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes.

  2. Taste, and add more sugar if desired. Stir in the nuts and set aside to cool. Serve at room temperature. (The sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.)

Reviews (2)

  • Frustrated1 12 Nov, 2014

    Recipes like this make me furious. I live on Cape Cod, where we buy our berries fresh from the bogs, scooping them from barrels. Why does every recipe call for a "12-ounce bag" and not the number of cups? FYI, there are four cups in a pound of cranberries, so a 12-ounce bag SHOULD hold three cups. If not, you're being short-changed. And while I'm on this subject, where do the stores get those white and pink berries? Ours are all CRANBERRY, thus the berry's name!!!

  • LauraGene 24 Nov, 2011

    I'd never made cranberry sauce from scratch - I assumed it would be tedious and time consuming. This was so very simple and quick and it got rave reviews from everyone! I substituted red wine for the port and added dried tart cherries. It didn't need extra sugar. Best surprise benefit? The whole house smelled wonderful after making it. I highly recommend trying this wonderful seasonal dish! Thanks! - Laura in Virginia

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