Fresh Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Fresh Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a must-have, classic holiday side dish. Sweet orange and pear are perfect partners to the tart cranberries. The orange marmalade intensifies the citrus flavor, the vanilla adds a subtle aroma, and the star anise will have people asking "what is that?"
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Combine orange juice, cranberry juice, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    Stir in 1/2 of the cranberries, pear, orange zest, vanilla extract, star anise, and salt, and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining cranberries and cook, stirring often, until cranberries start to burst and mixture starts to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Remove from heat. Stir in orange marmalade and set aside. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.