12 Cranberry Recipes To Try This Thanksgiving That Have Nothing To Do With The Stuff You Get From A Can
Cranberries may be one of the most versatile fruits out there, whether we eat them in cranberry sauce, bake them in pies, put them in our stuffing, or use them to deck out our margaritas. And on Thanksgiving, cranberry recipes really have their moment to shine. They may not have the same juicy consistency as summer berries or the classic autumnal taste of apples, but we can't deny that there's something extremely satisfying about the tartness of this winter crop. That's why we love incorporating them into as many dishes as possible — sweet or savory.
These 12 ways to eat cranberries are guaranteed to help you make the most out of this tart treat this Thanksgiving. Whether you douse them in sugar, or prefer to keep their sour bite, these berries will always hit the spot.
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Cranberry, Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, & Brie Nachos
What if we told you that you could have your nachos and eat them too — without feeling incredibly weighed down afterwards? Thanks to Half-Baked Harvest’s fruit and veggie-filled version, you can.
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Savory Cheddar and Cranberry Soda Bread
Skip the sweetness, and give your berries a savory twist with Joy the Baker’s cheesy soda bread.
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Candied Ginger Cranberry Sauce
You can never go wrong with a classic, but this gingery cranberry sauce by A Beautiful Mess has a refreshing twist.
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Cranberry Jalapeño Cream Cheese
Take your cheese tray to the next level with Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s sweet and spicy version.
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Sautéed Acorn Squash with Cherry Maple Cranberry Sauce
Sweetened cranberry sauce livens up seasonal squash with Leaf Parade’s hearty recipe.
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Cranberry Sauce Cheesecake Brownies
This is one treat for the incurable sweet tooth. Damn Delicious combines three delectable dishes into one amazing dessert.
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Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Cookies
For a simple treat, Branny Boils Over’s shortbread cookies use cranberries to get a little festive color.
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With the same satisfying sweetness as classic cranberry sauce, The Kitchn transforms your favorite side dish into an impressive dessert.
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Roasted Broccoli Cranberry Ricotta Salad
A touch of cranberries brings a sweet twist to Love and Lemons’s healthy winter salad.
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Cranberry Orange Granola
For a healthy on-the-go snack, The Messy Baker’s cranberry orange granola is sure to please.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Pistachio Pesto
These aren’t the Brussels sprouts of your childhood. Steamy Kitchen mixes in a burst of sweetness to revitalize this dish.
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Cranberry Walnut Rolls
There’s nothing better than a warm sweet roll on a cold night, especially with Brown Eyed Baker’s cranberry walnut recipe. If this doesn’t hit the spot, nothing will.
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