15 Cranberry Recipes That Think Outside the Sauce Slideshow

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: Ginger Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce recipe sets itself apart from the rest by using a hint of ginger and the oils of orange zest to create a dish that is both aromatic and flavorful. 

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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

If you’re really looking to “spice up” this year’s cranberry sauce side dish, this recipe uses a hint of curry powder and a splash (or two) of pinot noir that is sure to have your guests lining up for more. 

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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

Jane Bruce

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: Apple Cranberry Bread Pudding

This bread pudding recipe puts a spin on the classic apple pie dessert and includes freshly chopped cranberries with apple cider, orange zest, and challah bread.

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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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Desserts: Cranberry Cheesecake Recipe

This cheesecake recipe tops the classic dessert with fresh cranberries mixed with sugar and a clear, colorless fruit brandy called kirsch liquor for a burst of flavor.

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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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Drinks: Cranberry Pie Cocktail

Getting a little more traditional, this drink recipe turns a holiday classic into a cocktail with Jameson Irish Whiskey, maple syrup, and infused cranberry flavors.

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