This star anise cranberry sauce is a new twist on the traditional Thanksgiving classic. The unmistakable licorice-like anise flavor works great in the sweet, sour and fruity sauce and the recipe couldn’t be any simpler to make: just simmer fresh cranberries, sugar, water and star anise together until saucy.
How to make it:
Add 12 ounces fresh cranberries, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 whole star anise* and 1 cup water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer, uncovered, until all the cranberries have popped open and the sauce has thickened. Let cool and remove the star anise.
*RECIPE NOTE: If you prefer a strong anise flavor, use two star anise for one 12-ounce package of cranberries. If you’d like the anise to be more subtle, go with just one.
How to use it:
This sauce goes well with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but you can also eat it on baked brie or spread it on a turkey sandwich.
Do you serve cranberry sauce hot or cold?
Serve cranberry sauce chilled and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
More delicious cranberry recipes:
- Cranberry Pecan Bread
- Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip with Thyme
- Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Cranberry Grilled Sandwich
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Star Anise Cranberry Sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 package fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 or 2 whole star anise*
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down and simmer, uncovered, until all cranberries have popped open and the sauce has thickened. (About 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish).
- Let cool, remove the star anise, transfer the sauce into a glass container and store in the fridge.