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If you’re going to employ one cheat when cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, it’s probably going to be popping open a can of premade cranberry sauce. And we know that gelatinous, cylinder-shaped mass holds a special place in some people’s hearts, but there is absolutely no reason not to make it from scratch. It’s the easiest way to upgrade your table in almost no time at all.

This one requires just three ingredients and five minutes of work on your part.

The addition of port and orange zest really make the cranberries pop.

The simple addition of dried sour cherries will make your mouth pucker just enough.

Cooking the cranberries in a sugar syrup makes this a great balance of tart and sweet.

A full cup of bourbon is the secret to this versatile version. After you're sick of turkey, you can pair this one with all manner of other smoked meats.