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Straight cranberry sauce is good stuff but it’s even better with the unmistakable licorice-like anise flavor cooked into it. The recipe couldn’t be any simpler, just simmer fresh cranberries, sugar, water and star anise together until saucy.
I prefer a strong anise flavor so I used two stars for one 12-ounce package of cranberries, if you’d like the anise to be more subtle, go with just one. Serve this sauce with your Thanksgiving dinner, spread it on turkey sandwiches or eat it on baked brie.
Star Anise Cranberry Sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 package fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 whole star anise for strong anise flavor (1 star for more subtle flavor)
- Put all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down and simmer until all cranberries have popped open and the sauce has thickened. (About 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish).
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