Thankful for Cranberries - Yes, it's a Passion!

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Thankful for Cranberries - Yes, it's a Passion!

Well, it hasn't always been but, it has been for several years now! What happened to bring this passion to light? A big party at the Ritz-Carlton here in Uptown Charlotte!

Several years ago, my husband and I attended a dinner party and had THE most amazing cranberry sauce that was served on the side -  to be poured over the turkey. We asked for the recipe and the chef, sadly, never got back to us. The entire table was in love with this sauce - we even had the gravy boat refilled as everyone at the table enjoyed it so. 

We couldn't figure out the ingredients but, I was sure I would be able to find the recipe online when we got home. Well, that didn't happen! SO, every Thanksgiving, Christmas & Easter since then, I have experimented with the 'basic' recipe - changing out the ingredients in an attempt to discover the perfect ingredients. FINALLY, tonight, I got it RIGHT!! After telling my buddy, Endre Barath, Jr. yesterday about my passion for experimenting with cranberries, this version was born. Endre, you had to have been my good luck charm!

Without further ado, here's the best version that I have been able to put together. It is absolutely wonderful poured over turkey and stuffing as well. ENJOY!

Cranberry Puree Sauce


1 pound (about 4 cups) fresh cranberries, boiled cranberries until soft (10-15 minutes) and drained


Real Maple Syrup1/2 C Whiskey - I used Skrewball (a peanut butter whiskey)

1/4 C Cointreau 

½ C Orange Juice

½ C brown sugar

1/3 C maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon

Zest of 1 orange  

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or you can use 1 t pure vanilla)

½ t maple extract

1/4 t salt

Juice of ½ lemon

1 t cornstarch


Cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes. Emulsify (using an immersion blender) until 'saucy' and ENJOY!

*NOTE: I like to make this the day before and refrigerate to blend the flavors. You can reheat on the stove for about 5 minutes, after bringing to room temperature.



I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving!

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | | Thankful for Cranberries - Yes, it's a Passion!

Comments (13)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debe- growing up I never liked cranberries and then BAM...I love them too. I have to be honest and say that I've never made cranberry sauce but I do have a can opener and can make cranberries that way!!

I'm saving this recipe and my try making it!!! Happy Thanksgiving. 



Nov 24, 2021 08:13 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS thank you for the delicious cranberry puree sauce recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Nov 24, 2021 08:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debe - I have always enjoyed cranberries which makes me think of the post Carol Williams shared about her appreciation for blueberries.  In my comment to her on that post, I mentioned strawberries were a childhood memory but not any other berry.  Your post reminded me of cranberries.


They seemed only to exist around Thanksgiving time in our house and weren't on the list of favorite dishes to anyone except me. 


In fact, I remember once when my Mom tried a new cranberry dish one Turkey Day and my sister said - those can't be cranberries, there's no ridge on them.  She couldn't identify them because there was no evidence of "coming from a can" seen.  Maybe today, I will have a Cape Cod --- cranberries can be enjoyed year-round, right???

Nov 25, 2021 03:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow that sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2021 05:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Debe. My preference is the jellied version that comes out of the Ocean Spray can once a year on Thanksgiving. Been that way since childhood. And when I posted that Endre Barath, Jr. was quick to point out I should consider a change. Enjoy your day.

Nov 25, 2021 05:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Debe... I love cranberry sauce and this recipe sounds amazing. Sadly, my family is not a fan of cranberries so I never make it... it's a lot of work for just one person. However, I am saving this recipe... one day it might just come in handy even as a dish I bring to someone else's home.

Nov 25, 2021 05:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Debe, for sharing this recipe.

I will send it to Chef Dolores on Facebook.

Nov 25, 2021 05:47 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS I love cranberries and make sauce all year this recipe is really unusual  I will have to try it 

To be honest not crazy about the pineapple and cranberry  that one is crossed off my list 

Nov 25, 2021 09:23 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Happy Thanksgiving Debe & Ray!
I've never been a big fan of cranberry sauce but I could learn to love it with YOUR recipe!  I used to make it for my husband but it didn't have the good stuff you include. He was a teetotaler anyway. 😊

Nov 25, 2021 10:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS that is the only kind of cranberry sauce I like - homemade - not in a can.  Cheers to you finally making that wonderful creation (sauce) that you enjoyed so much at the Ritz!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Nov 25, 2021 11:50 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe, hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with Ray... I just showed Diane your recipe:))) first thing that came out of her mouth was : Well are you going to try it?? I told her "one of these days" just to be clear I have another bag of Cranberries that I used for the center piece tonight:)) now with that said Recipe looks awesome skip the corn starch and just reduce it longer to get the thick consistency:))Endre

Nov 25, 2021 10:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

YES! And it doesn't take that long to reduce it without the corn starch either, Endre Barath, Jr. I actully had guests who had never eaten cranberry sauce here today that raved about it and actually had seconds. So, my gut was right - this version needs no tweaking!

I hope you all had a wonderful day today as well. SO glad to hear Diane liked this recipe. I can't wait for you to try it!

Nov 25, 2021 10:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes it is in the works Diane does not know it yet just need to get  Cointreau  .... What a great excuse for a 1/4 cup have not had it for over two decades:))Endre

Nov 25, 2021 10:42 PM