I know Thanksgiving is coming up faster than the Road Runner hyped up on Red Bull. Maybe you’re hosting the holiday this year and the most you’ve decided on is what shoes you’re going to wear, but don’t worry. As far as things go in the Turkey Day menu department, we’ve got you covered. And it all starts with this Cognac Cranberry Sauce.
OK, so maybe cranberry sauce isn’t the star of the show on Thanksgiving, but this particular sauce? This one just might make your guests do a double-take (or double-TASTE, BAH DUM BUM. I won’t quit my day job). And if you’ve got a killer cranberry sauce as part of the spread, it won’t matter if the turkey’s dry or the pie is underbaked – ‘cause you’ve got a cranberry sauce cooked with cognac, and it’s DE-LUSH-ICIOUS. Which is delicious times a thousand million.
OK, well clearly I’ve dipped my spoon one too many times into the cranberry sauce, so I’ll just shut my gobbler now and tell you how to make this magical stuff. Wait, that makes no sense. MOVING ALONG…
Step 1: Get your ingredients handy. That’ll be a bag of fresh cranberries, some brown sugar, orange juice (I used blood orange juice in the photos, but you can use just plain ol’ orange juice to get the job done), traditional autumn spices like cinnamon and cloves and of course, cognac (you can also use brandy, if you so choose).
Step 2: Pour all the ingredients into a medium saucepan over high heat and stir to combine.
Step 3: Once the mixture has started to boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens.
Step 4: LIKE THIS. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy goodness.
Step 5: When the sauce is done, pour it into a serving dish and cool completely before serving. If you can wait that long, that is.
So there you go. At last, you can cross at least one thing off your Turkey Day to-do list!
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