15 Cranberry Recipes That Think Outside the Sauce Slideshow
July 30, 2013
Cranberries are for more than just the sauce, so here’s how to use them in every course of this year’s Thanksgiving meal
Sauces: Blueberry Cranberry Sauce
People who enjoy a heap of cranberry sauce with their turkey but may shy away from the overly tangy berry itself will enjoy the blueberry flavoring in this recipe. The fresh blueberries also help boost this cranberry sauce recipe’s antioxidant power.
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Sauces: Spicy & Spiked Cranberry Sauce
Salads: Kale & Cranberry Salad with Roasted Beet Dressing
This salad recipe combines the powerful health benefits of kale with the antioxidant powers of fresh cranberries to add a nutritional kick to your Thanksgiving dinner table. The roasted beet dressing also gives the salad extra flavor and a splash of festive holiday color.
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Salads: Cranberry Feta Salad
While most people know that the dried variety can make a great topping for any salad, few venture so far as to use fresh cranberries in their salad mixture. Try substituting the dried cranberries in this easy salad recipe for fresh ones and excite your guests’ taste buds.
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Salads: Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Cranberries
If you’re in a time crunch, this salad mixture is easy to prepare and a definite crowd-pleaser. Creamy goat cheese, sharp spinach, and, of course, tangy dried cranberries, makes it a flavorful and exciting salad.
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Appetizers: Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Squash
This cranberry side dish highlights the tangy flavor of dried cranberries in a stuffing mixture rather than drowning the cranberry’s flavor in a traditional and sugary sauce. Plus, the acorn squash that holds the stuffing is a great source of protein and fiber.
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Appetizers: Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries & Mint
This potato recipe uses both fresh cranberries and cranberry juice, along with a myriad of other flavors like mint and balasamic vinegar, to balance out the sweetness of the sweet potato base. Together, the bold flavors and vibrant orange and red coloring combine to form a perfect accompaniment to your roasted Thanksgiving turkey.
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Appetizers: Cranberry Tomatillo Salsa
Serving this festive cranberry salsa with tortilla chips as part of an hors d’oeuvre spread can give your next Thanksgiving gathering a Mexican-inspired twist. The recipe calls for frozen cranberries, but fresh cranberries will work just as well.
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Desserts: Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Cake
The tangy flavors of orange juice and fresh cranberries perfectly complement each other in this cake recipe. This warm, crumbly cake is a perfect way to end your hearty Thanksgiving meal.
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Drinks: Homemade Cranberry Wine
Making homemade wine is a win-win situation — it’s a fun project for the whole family and the adults get to taste and enjoy the efforts of their labor when it’s done. This homemade wine recipe brings the holiday cheer with infused cranberry flavors, and it’s the perfect activity to do post-Thanksgiving with all of those leftover cranberries.
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Drinks: Cranberry Caipirinha
This drink recipe takes the classic Brazilian cocktail, a Caipirinha, which is made with cachaça, a sugar cane hard liquor, sugar, and lime, and gives it a holiday twist. If you’re looking to liven up your Thanksgiving celebration, this cocktail is sure to excite the crowd.
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