Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe

There are so many side dishes to choose from on Thanksgiving spreads, but there's one that absolutely must make an appearance every year. 

Never underestimate the power of a perfect cranberry sauce.  

Cranberries are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods, packing in more antioxidants ounce-for-ounce than other "superfoods" like spinach, blueberries, or even green tea.

Here is an easy and delicious recipe using spices and no refined sugar.  

Ingredients:

  • 12-ounce bag of cranberries, bruised ones discarded, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 2- to a 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 green cardamom pods (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

Step 1: bring the cranberries, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, nutmeg, cloves, and 3/4 cup water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Cover the mixture and allow it to simmer on medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, or until the cranberries are bursting and the mixture starts thickening.

    Stir and continue to simmer uncovered for an additional 2-3 minutes (it will continue thickening off of the heat source as well).

    Step 2: using a small kitchen spoon, scoop out the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick. The cardamom pods should have lightened in color significantly and should be easy to find. Transfer the sauce to a shallow bowl and let it cool completely.

    Step 3: It may be made several days in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator. Best served at room temperature.

     Enjoy!

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