Spiced Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce
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Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I just got finished making my first recipe for the big turkey day! Call me an early bird, but I don’t care because I now have a huge helping of some amazingly delicious Spiced Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce and I didn’t even break a sweat! In ten minutes flat I had a large stockpot of only the most delicious whole cranberry sauce recipe one could enjoy!
This past weekend, to prepare for Thanksgiving my family spent most of our Sunday shopping at places like BJ’s to stock up on holiday essentials. Boy was that place super busy! It seemed as if the whole town was picking up Thanksgiving essentials like turkeys, ham, potatoes, and cranberries! I was happy to see a great big bag of Cape Cod Select Cranberries at BJ’s because I know they were fresh and very local at that! It makes me super happy to always have the freshest cranberries here in Mass since we have so many bogs just miles away!
Inspired by the large bag of cranberries, I also picked up some oranges, and wine for my Spiced Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce recipe. The beauty of this whole berry cranberry sauce side is that it can easily be made ahead of time because it is best served chilled or at room temperature. This recipe make about 6 cups when you use the 36 ounces bag of Cape Cod Select Cranberries from BJ’s.
Cranberries aren’t just tasty! These tart little red gems are also packed with vitamins C & E as well as fiber! Dried, they also amazing for crafting seasonal decor like centerpieces. Since just 200 cranberries can feed a small family, consider filling some mason jars with pillar candles, and putting some cranberries inside to make a beautiful display.
Ok, who is ready for some of the yummiest cranberry sauce ever? Honestly, just making this quick whole berry cranberry sauce recipe produces the most tantalizing smells. It reminded me of a spicy potpourri as the berries came to a simmer.
Ingredients for Spiced Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce:
- 1 36 ounce bag of Cape Cod Select Cranberries (BJ’s)
- 1 large orange zest grated
- 1 tablespoons of cloves (whole)
- 1/2 cup of both oj & cranberry juice
- 8 ounces of blush Zinfandel wine
- 3 cups of white sugar
Simply add all the ingredients to a large stockpot, mix well and bring to a boil for 8 minutes. Once the cranberries have split, remove from heat to cool down and thicken. Run mixture through a food mill to get rid of the clove and excess skins- not required, but preference for many.
Want to learn more about the benefits of cranberries? Check out this fun infographic from the folks at BJ’s Wholesale:
Be sure to let us know how much your family loved this sweet, yet slightly tart whole berry cranberry sauce!
Your cranberry sauce looks so delicious I want to eat it with a spoon. Thanks for sharing the infographic on cranberries. It is full of useful information.
this looks amazing, so bright and delicious! I would love to have this on my Thanksgiving table, much better than the same old cranberry sauce.,
This would be a great side to make for thanksgiving. My mom would LOVE this, cranberries are her favorite.
Dawn Lopez says
My family enjoys the cranberry almost as much as the turkey and stuffing. This recipe looks like it would work great for our Thanksgiving dinner. I was intrigued from the moment I read the name of it. ;)
Amber Edwards says
I’ve never made cranberry sauce before. But you make it look so easy! And it sounds absolutely delicious! Especially with the cloves and orange zest!
I’ve never made my own cranberry sauce. I should try to this year and add a unique spin to it like this. YUM!
Heather @ Kraus House Mom says
I put cranberry sauce on just about my entire Thanksgiving meal, it grosses my husband out. I love it that much.
I’m not a fan of cranberry sauce, but this is a recipe I’d try. Fresh is always better in my book so I might just like this.
Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas says
Cranberries are a favorite for so many reasons! Your Spiced Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce looks great. It’s a perfect dish for the holidays.
This sounds really good, Thanks for sharing a cranberry sauce idea. I will try this, for sure! I must have cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving!
Ann Bacciaglia says
This Spiced Zinfandel Cranberry Sauce looks so delicious and easy to make. I have never tried to make my own cranberry sauce before. I will have to try this recipe on the Holidays.
Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says
Delish! Making my own cranberry sauce is the family request every year. I love it!
This sounds so good. I have to try it!
I have never made my own cranbery sauce before. Looks really good.
Autumn @Mamachallenge says
That sauce looks amazing! I may have to make it for my family Thanksgiving dinner.
My sister would be over the moon if I brought this to Thanksgiving. May just have to do that for her!
Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins says
Your cranberry sauce looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try!
These are great flavor combinations. It sounds wonderful.
That is absolutely fantastic! I LOVE cranberry sauce with my turkey and dressing, and this sounds like a great variation.
Paula H says
Oh my, this looks delicious! I make my own cranberry sauce every year, never once thought to add wine!
What an interesting cranberry recipe. I’d love to try it. It sounds amazing.
Janis @MommyblogExpert says
I love cranberries and zinfandel wine but I’ve never combined the two together. Thanks to your post I think I’ve found a new recipe I’ll be making this year for Thanksgiving.