Aside from its traditional place on the holiday dinner plate, this sauce makes a great topping for waffles or pancakes, too.
1 (12-oz.) package fresh or frozen cranberries (3 cups)
3/4 cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to Make It
Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or just until cranberries begin to pop, stirring often. Pour sauce into a serving bowl, and let cool completely. Serve chilled, if desired.
Make-Ahead Note: Sauce can be made up to 1 week ahead. Keep covered in refrigerator.