A solid cranberry sauce recipe is a key component of any traditional Thanksgiving menu. It should be tart, jellylike, and balanced by sweetness — a counterpoint for serving alongside your turkey and side dishes. This cranberry sauce recipe is all of the above, plus it incorporates a bright addition of orange zest that adds to the flavor profile. It's incredibly simple, and although I usually enjoy it once a year, I can't help but think that it would be wildly delicious on toast or even with cheesecake.
 Keep on reading for the recipe.
12-ounce package of fresh cranberries, rinsed
Zest of 1 small orange
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
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- In a small sauce pan, heat all of the ingredients together over medium-high heat until cranberries break down and gel, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 1-1/2 to 2 cups.
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