Romaine’s Cranberry Sauce


Romaine's Cranberry Sauce

This is Romaine's classic recipe perfect for Thanksgiving. One of our most requested recipes in the history of Derek and Romaine!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic, easy, Thanksgiving


  • saucepan medium
  • spatula or spoon
  • grater or zester


  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 whole orange (for zesting)
  • 1 sprinkle ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves


Combine Sugar, water and orange juice in a medium sauce pan

    Bring it to a boil; add cranberries and some orange zest (just a bit, don’t get carried away), return to boil.

      Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 mins, stirring occasionally.

        Pour into a glass serving bowl. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top and just a dash of the ground cloves.

          Cover and let cool completely at room temperature.

            Once cool, refrigerate until serving time.


              My relationship with cranberries began a long time ago. I was a teenager visiting my brother Mi-chael and John for Thanksgiving. My brother Michael was an incred-ible cook and everyone would stay out of his kitchen, except me. I was hanging out and he decided to put me to work. My charge was to make the cranberries and I knew I couldn’t fuck it up. With Michael’s assistance I went about my task. Over the years he and I tweaked the recipe a bit until it was just right. Every time I make these I think of Michael and his love of cooking. Even though he is gone this recipe reminds me of our time together.

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