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Tart Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Skip the traditional canned cranberry sauce and mix up this refreshingly tart cranberry dipping sauce instead; it's turkey's perfect pairing.
I find that dipping sauce provides an unexpected way to deliver on some expected Thanksgiving flavors. Not to mention, it's also a whole lot easier to make than classic giblet gravy.
This recipe first appeared in Season 1 of Good Eats.
ACTIVE TIME: 35 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 12 servings


  • 1 pound frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 orange, zested

Specialized Hardware

  • Immersion blender or conventional blender


  • Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive (stainless steel) saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by half, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Carefully puree with an immersion blender or in a conventional blender until smooth. Check for seasoning and serve alongside your roast turkey.