My family always did canned cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving – we didn’t know any better. Even funnier, we just opened the can, plopped it on a plate, and if we were feeling fancy, we sliced it (that might have also been our way of rationing it – we usually only got one can). Things have changed and in my household, we like fresh cranberries without the jelly. Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make, can be made in so many variations, and is simple so delicious you’ll start making it year round for chicken and pork dishes instead of just enjoying it once a year on holidays.
These are some of the most unique cranberry recipes we could find on the web and we’ll be switching up our recipe to include some of these alternatives. What do you do for your holiday cranberry sauce and what do you serve it on? Need a new green bean recipe? Check our best-of-the-best green bean recipe list.
|Cranberries With Apples and Brandy Combine all the ingredients in a heatproof dish, then cover and bake in the oven until the fruit is soft for a virtually prep-free dish.||Cranberry and Orange Relish Fresh cilantro, grated ginger, and orange marmalade add extra zest.|
|Bourbon-Cranberry Compote – just four ingredients and five minutes of hands-on time for this boozy version.||Delicious with a crunch from walnuts and an infusion of sweetness from dried cherries. Leftovers are great on a turkey sandwich, on chicken breasts, or from a spoon.|
|Ingredients oranges, apples, cranberries, & sugar||Ingredients pineapple, cranberries, sugar, walnuts, fresh lemon, ground cloves – top a cheesecake for a sweet dessert!|
|Sweet stuff! Orange juice, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and fresh cranberries make up this easy sauce.||For those who like a kick! Cranberry Jalapeño Persimmon Chutney for the adventurous eaters.|
|Just granulated sugar, orange zest, orange juice, crystallized ginger, and fresh berries in this traditional Thanksgiving side dish.||This Bourbon Cranberry Sauce includes berries, sugar, cinnamon, and good bourbon.|
|This recipe for fresh cranberry sauce with caramelized onions will be an unexpected twist on traditional flavors.||Smoky-Spicy-Savory Cranberry Sauce – chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, berries, sugar, garlic, cinnamon, and cumin – what an interesting combination!|
|Mango Cranbango – dried candied mango, lemon and orange zest, orange & lemon juice, sugar, anise, cinnamon stick, fresh ginger, garam masala, and hot sauce||Made with brown sugar, orange juice, honey, allspice – This tangy-sweet homemade cranberry sauce is delicious served with turkey, chicken, quail, duck, or ham.|
|Paula Deen’s son Wayne’s Cranberry Sauce recipe includes chopped apple, chopped walnuts, raisins, and Grand Marnier||Crockpot Apple, Orange & Crystallized Ginger|