This Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce is an amazingly delicious side dish! And you can quickly throw it together in less than 30 minutes!
Are you tired of the same old Cranberry Sauce?
After I made same green beans for years, I was ready for some change. So I made this amazing Ultimate Green Bean Casserole in a Skillet. And it was only a matter of time trying something different with the cranberry sauce.
I don’t know why we haven’t made it this way before. With tart and sweet flavors complementing each other beautifully, it’s a winner!
In this Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce, you simmer fresh berries with orange juice and Grand Marnier. And within 15 minutes they become a jammy sauce full of tart, juicy berries. Just beautiful!
Can you impress your guests with Grand Marnier cranberry sauce?
I’m not sure about you, but in my family cranberry sauce has always been an afterthought kind of thing. Of course, we always had it on our holiday table. But we sort of jammed it onto our plates after they were already full with all the other good stuff. Asa result, it was always more of a runner up to all the other dishes on the table. Now it’s the star of the show!
Are you ready to improvise?
Cranberry sauce can be so much fun! Because you can play around with adding various other flavors, besides Grand Marnier. For example, cinnamon, red wine, cinnamon, or even jalapeño.
You can also substitute the sugar with honey, blue agave syrup or even maple syrup. But keep in mind that they will produce slightly different flavors and textures in the final sauce.
Can you make it ahead?
You can make Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce up to three days ahead. I actually found that it tastes much better if I made it ahead. Especially if I allowed it to sit in the refrigerator for at least one day.
You just made a cranberry cocktail cleverly disguised as a holiday table side dish! By the way, I really like the taste of liquor in this sauce. You can definitely taste Grand Marnier and orange flavors against tartness of cranberries.
I cannot wait to have more of this in the weeks to come!
Not only did I try a different cranberry sauce, but also a different kind of turkey. I made Garlic Butter Roasted Turkey Breast instead of the traditional turkey this year!
I cooked a couple more amazing holiday recipes this year. All are delicious and easy to make.
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Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce
- 2 bags cranberries, fresh or frozen (12 oz each)
- 1.5 cups cane sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 4 tbsp Grand Marnier or Cognac
- 1 tbsp zest of fresh orange
- In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, and orange juice.
- Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring often until syrupy, about 10 minutes.
- Add 4 tbsp Grand Mariner and orange zest. Continue to cook on low heat for 10 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve with freshly grated orange zest.