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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.
This post was originally published on Nov. 10, 2014.
This star anise cranberry sauce goes well with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but you can also eat it on baked brie or spread it on a turkey sandwich (for a great turkey sandwich recipe, check out this post: leftover Thanksgiving turkey cranberry grilled sandwich).
How to make star anise cranberry sauce:
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.
RECIPE NOTES: 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.
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Star Anise Cranberry Sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 package fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 or 2 whole star anise*
- Put all ingredients together in 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.
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