Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce Is A Delicious Make-Ahead Side Dish For Your Thanksgiving Table.
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce solves one of the biggest dilemmas of holiday cooking: How to get everything to be ready for the table at the same time. This sumptuous cranberry sauce can be made up to 4 days ahead and will wait happily in the refrigerator for the rest of the meal. Or, make a double batch, freeze half for the holiday and enjoy the rest with some chicken or fish right now. Who says cranberry sauce is only a once-a-year treat? The hardest part of this recipe is zesting the orange and that is simple if you use our favorite microplane grater.
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce is the opposite of what a friend of mine described. She told me that she attended a Thanksgiving dinner where “you could see the ridges from the can of cranberry sauce.” I had no idea why she thought this was odd as that was the only cranberry sauce on our table the entire time I was growing up. I had no idea there was any other kind. As an adult, I learned to make and appreciate sauce with fresh cranberries. I sometimes will put a can of it out for old times’ sake, but we always have a bowl of fresh sauce with no ridges.
Why do we eat cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving?
It is unlikely that there was actually turkey at the first Thanksgiving. It is more likely that venison was served. However, cranberries are one of the oldest Native American crops so it is likely that they were on the table. Poultry and duck have a natural affinity for fruit sauces so even though it is a tradition, it is also a tasty combination.
Do I have to refrigerate fresh cranberries?
Yes. Even though they will probably be on a shelf in the grocery store, you should put them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. The cooked sauce also needs to be kept there until you are ready to serve it.
Why does cranberry sauce always have sugar?
Cranberries are incredibly sour. They require a great deal of sweetener to make them palatable.
The following products were used in making this recipe:
Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
Ball Pint Mason Jar, Regular Mouth, 16 oz (2 Count)
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce is a delicious make-ahead side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
- 2 tablespoons orange zest
- 8 tablespoons fresh orange juice about 2 oranges
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur
If using fresh oranges, remove the two tablespoons zest from one orange before slicing.
Halve both oranges and squeeze to get 8 tablespoons of juice,
Combine all ingredients in a large pot over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Berries will start to pop.
Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw frozen cranberry sauce in the refrigerator for one day before serving.