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Cranberry sauce has been part of the American Thanksgiving meal for hundreds of years. If you've only tasted the canned variety, you are in for a treat. Not only does homemade cranberry sauce taste better, but there are many ways to experiment with the basic recipe until you find just the right taste combination for your family. Here are ten Thanksgiving cranberry sauce recipes to get you started.

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1. Simple Cranberry Sauce

You can make Simple Cranberry Sauce with just three ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1 pound) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar

After you bring the water and sugar to a boil, add the cranberries and cook over medium heat until the cranberries start to pop. When they rupture, they release pectin which naturally thickens the sauce. Simmer for 20 minutes. Cool, pour into a container, and refrigerate for three hours. From this simple recipe, you can replace or add ingredients to create unexpected taste combinations. For example, you can replace all or some of the sugar with brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

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