Best Seasonal Recipes, Winter

Cranberry, Orange and Port Sauce

December 15, 2012

Please please please don’t buy a jar of cranberry sauce to go with your turkey this Christmas. This sauce is really easy to make and is, for me, the highlight of the whole Christmas meal. I also love it on Boxing Day with my homemade chicken liver pate and some green salad leaves: the mixture of flavours, textures and colours is the best. If you don’t have any port lying around (why not?!) then you can still make it without, just add extra orange juice. As always, these quantities are a guide and you can change how much orange juice or port you put in to make the consistency and flavour as you like.

Ingredients (double if you want plenty)

250 g fresh or frozen cranberries

100 g sugar

50 ml orange juice

50 ml port

Optional extras: cinnamon stick, orange zest


Put all the ingredients into a pan, bring to a gentle boil and simmer for no more than ten minutes. Bear in mind the sauce will thicken as it cools.

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  • Reply Holly Sabin December 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I’m just loving this as an excuse to get some port in the cupboard!

    • Reply ruthvalerio December 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Ha, I like that – glad this has been useful for something then!!

  • Reply Holly Sabin December 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Just made this – ready for tomorrow’s celebratory feast. Thanks for inspiring me to make it fresh rather than buying a jar. So much more pleasing. x

    • Reply ruthvalerio December 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Wonderfuly – we’ve had it too at our big family get-together over the last three days and it’s been delicious! Hope you’ve had a great time xx

  • Reply Christmas Green Living | Ruth Valerio December 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    […] An easier area is food and I work hard at sourcing things locally, organically and/or fairly traded: actually quite easy to do for Christmas lunch which, of course, developed before the onset of agribusiness. The turkey, potatoes and veg can all be sourced ethically (however I have to confess that I fail when it comes to my rather delicious cranberry, orange and port sauce…). […]

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