Nan’s Cranberry Sauce

5 minutes total
Makes 6 - 8 servings

Jim’s 97-year-old mother Nan has been making this sauce for so long that...

the original recipe calls for a meat grinder, as the food processor had yet to be invented. And while grinding the ingredients together by hand took a little longer back then, the beauty of this recipe–today and back then–lies in its simplicity: no prep, 3 ingredients, and a few minutes of time. To wit: simply toss a bag of cranberries and a whole, quartered orange into the food processor, add sugar to taste, and blitz. Before you know it you’ve got a tangy, fragrant cranberry relish, leaving plenty of time to tend to more time-intensive tasks like roasting turkeys, whipping potatoes, and making pie crust. And while we enjoy this relish on the day of, crowded next to the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and wine bottles, it truly sings when combined with Duke’s Mayo and a schmear of gravy on the next day’s turkey sandwiches.

What You'll Need


For the shopping list

  • One 12oz bag of cranberries
  • One large orange
  • sugar to taste (1/4 to 1/2 cup)


From the kitchen

  • 1 Food Processor
  • 1 Chef's Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • Measuring Spoons

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Cut a large orange into eighths.

Step 2

Add the cranberries, orange slices (peels and all!), and 2 tablespoons of sugar to a food processor; pulse to combine, taste, and adjust sugar as needed.

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