Growing up, cranberries graced our dining room table once a year in the form of Oceanspray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.
I think it was the one time of year my mother was most excited about food. Roasted turkey and cranberry jelly were one of the highlights of her year. I think if we could have afforded them, she would have eaten them both once a week.
And while my mother roasted turkey until it was sawdust dry, her love for turkey and cranberries inspired me to do the same.
Still today, Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving if I don’t have turkey and cranberries. Although today, my Thanksgiving cranberries don’t come from a can. Instead, they show up in a fresh homemade cranberry relish used to complement the turkey not cover up its dryness.
I’m lucky because today those beautiful little deep rich ruby-red tart cranberries are no longer reserved for once a year in my house. I have more uses for cranberries besides cranberry sauce, such as salads, granola, baked goods, as toppings or just to eat in a mixture of fresh, frozen or dried.
At Thanksgiving, I stock the freezer with bags of fresh cranberries while they are on sale. Frozen, they will last close to a year.
And while cranberries do make a beautiful sauce, they are so good in so many other dishes as well. So I made you a list of uses for cranberries besides cranberry sauce to inspire you to use cranberries all year-long in more ways than one.
1 Cranberry Orange Margaritas
Looking for something besides wine or cider to serve at your holiday meals, consider the beautiful cranberry and orange flavors in Half Baked Harvest Cranberry Orange Margaritas recipe for the perfect pairing with holiday flavors.
2 Cranberry & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears
The Gourmet RD’s Cranberry & Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears recipe is great as a starter or for dessert.
3 Spicy Chai Tea & Cranberry Iced Loaf
Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen’s recipe for Spicy Chai Tea & Cranberry Iced Loaf is perfect with a cup of coffee or tea or an afternoon snack full of sweet-tart cranberries.
4 Tart Cherry Cranberry Glazed Turkey
Wow, your guests with Running to the Kitchen’s fantastic Tart Cherry Cranberry Glazed Turkey recipe.
5 Frosty Cranberries
Drop Valya’s Taste of Home’s Frosty Cranberries into drinks, punch or use them as a snack.
6 Healthy Broccoli Slaw with Apples, Dried Cranberries & Cabbage
Enhance crunchy veggies with the sweetness of cranberries in Endurance Zone Healthy Broccoli Slaw with Apples, Dried Cranberries & Cabbage recipe.
7 Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
Spice up your life with The Recipe Rebel’s Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider. You’ll never look at apple cider the same way again.
8 Fresh Cranberry Scones
Two Peas & Their Pod’s Fresh Cranberry Scones recipe is perfect a make-ahead holiday breakfast or brunch.
Baked Brie with Cranberries and Almonds
Surprise your guests with cheese and crackers in Cooking LSL’s Baked Brie with Cranberries and Almonds recipe.
9 Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet
If you’re not a fan of turkey, consider the festive tastes of The Gardening Cook’s Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet recipe.
10 Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries
Old House to New Home’s Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries are a perfectly tasty side dish.
11 Gingery Steak and Brie Sliders with Balsamic Cranberry Sauce
I’m not sure whether I want Half Baked Harvest’s Gingery Steak and Brie Sliders with Balsamic Cranberry Sauce as a starter or the main, but these little sliders look absolutely delicious.
12 Cranberry Ketchup
Find something new to dip your fries into with Forest and Fauna’s Cranberry Ketchup recipe.
13 Cranberry Pear Pie
Cranberries and pears are a natural fall dish for the holidays in Baker by Nature’s Cranberry Pear Pie recipe.
14 Eggnog Pancakes with Maple-Cranberry Syrup
You just can’t go wrong with eggnog pancakes topped with cranberries in Grandbaby Cakes’s Eggnog Pancakes with Maple-Cranberry Syrup recipe.
15 One Pan Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken
Save on the cleanup when you make Cotter Crunch’s One Pan Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken recipe.
16 Brie, Apple & Cranberry Grilled Cheese
I normally don’t associate elegant with grilled cheese, but the Recipe Girl’s Brie, Apple & Cranberry Grilled Cheese is definitely elegant and tasty.
17 Rosemary & Dried Cranberry Biscuits
Rosemary and cranberries are a natural pairing in Celebrating Sweets Rosemary & Dried Cranberry Biscuits recipe.
18 Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Egg Rolls
Use up your leftovers in Recipe Runner’s Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Egg Rolls recipe.
19 Hibiscus & Cranberry Sorbet
Sweet Paul’s Hibiscus & Cranberry Sorbet recipe is a great way to end a holiday meal or to use as a palette cleanser between courses.
20 Sausage & Stuffing with Cranberry Dipping Sauce
I love cranberries and stuffing together, so I Should be Mopping’s Sausage & Stuffing with Cranberry Dipping Sauce recipe looks tasty to me.
21 Cranberry Relish
Forget the cranberry sauce and cook up a beautiful pot of fruit using Simply Sophisticated Cooking’s Cranberry Relish recipe.