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VIDEO: Laila Ali’s Homemade Cranberry Sauce Is the Best Thing Since Sliced Jelly

Last Update: September 29, 2022

Muhammad Ali isn’t the only one in the family who floats like a butterfly. His awesome daughter, Laila Ali, has the same moves—in the ring and in the kitchen.

Laila, a boxing world champion in her own right, kicks serious butt when it comes to cooking. Her homemade fresh cranberry sauce is proof positive.

No need to break out the can opener for this one. This recipe, made with whole fresh cranberries, is much healthier and tastier than the canned stuff. Bonus: It’ll make the house smell like a dream.

And speaking of dreams, Laila is one of the dreamiest chefs we’ve ever seen at work. Press play to learn what makes her cranberry sauce so special. And see the recipe below.

Laila Ali’s Cranberry Sauce

1 pound fresh cranberries, washed
1 cup pure maple syrup
4 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup cranberry juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cinnamon stick

Add cranberries to pan, and turn heat to medium. Add maple syrup, orange juice, and cranberry juice. Bring berries to a boil on medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes until cranberries start to pop. Add orange zest and cinnamon, and simmer for 10 more minutes until juice thickens. Cool and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Stay tuned for round two of Laila’s greatest Thanksgiving recipes: cornbread stuffing.


Video credits
Produced and Directed by: Liza Glucoft
Director of Photography: Naeem Munaf
Editor: Stephanie Provence

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Dana Poblete

Dana's love for all creatures under the sun (bugs, too) drives her in her advocacy for ethical eating, environmental sustainability, and cruelty-free living. A natural born islander, she surfs when she can, and writes, always.

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