One of the best parts of cranberry sauce is how simple it is to make and spruce up according to your taste. This year, I swapped spices for herbs and spiked my cranberry sauce with fresh basil — the sweet herbal flavor compliments the cranberries’ tartness.

You can reduce the sauce to achieve a smoother consistency, but I like my cranberry sauce chunky with little exploding bubbles of sweet, tangy fruitiness. You know, unless you think turkey’s texture is perfect by itself and needs no further enhancement.