Crazy for Cranberries

Fall in love with one of our favorite cranberry side dish recipes featuring  fresh, canned, or dried cranberries.

  • Basic Cranberry Sauce

    Basic Cranberry Sauce

    This tangy-sweet homemade cranberry sauce is delicious served with turkey, chicken, quail, duck, or ham.
  • Almond-Cranberry Corn Bread
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Almond-Cranberry Corn Bread

    Add a holiday touch to cornbread by stirring in dried cranberries and topping with almonds.
  • Orange 'n' Jellied Cranberry Sauce Stacks

    Orange 'n' Jellied Cranberry Sauce Stacks

    Serve that simple can 'o cranberry sauce topped with orange slices to take this easy Thanksgiving side from familiar to fabulous. For extra flair, garnish with fresh cranberries and a mint sprig, and make sure to use an orange with the same diameter as the canned sauce.
  • Cranberry-Apple Relish
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Cranberry-Apple Relish

    This tangy cranberry-apple relish is a perfect make-ahead holidy side; you can store it in the refrigerator for up to three days before serving.
  • Grandma Erma's Spirited Cranberry Sauce
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Melanie Clarke

    Spirited Cranberry Sauce

    Homemade cranberry sauce is delicious on its own, but it's even better when infused with the festive flavors of port and orange liqueur. Reviewer Nancy recalls, "This cranberry sauce is outstanding! I made four batches this Thanksgiving and placed the sauce in jelly jars and gave them away. Many, many compliments, and many of my friends used theirs over warm brie."
  • Cranberry Compote
    Van Chaplin; Lisa Powell Bailey

    Cranberry Compote

    Flavor this classic cranberry side dish with a splash of orange juice and orange liqueur and a sprinkle of nutmeg for holiday flair.
  • Cranberry-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

    Cranberry-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

    No holiday table is complete without a cranberry-sweet potato combo, plus this duo is good for your stomach and your overall health. Both cranberries and sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamins A and C and complement meaty main dishes well. Plus, they're super easy to prepare! Six ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need to get these potatoes on the table–and all the cooking is done in the microwave.
  • Fresh Cranberry Muffins
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Fresh Cranberry Muffins

    Muffins make great breakfasts or grab-and-go snacks, and these cranberry goodies capture the delicious flavors of the holiday season. To breeze through your holiday cooking, bake the muffins ahead of time and store in the freezer. Try substituting blueberries and lemon rind for a fresh twist on this recipe.
  • Red Cabbage, Cranberry, and Apple Slaw
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Red Cabbage, Cranberry, and Apple Slaw

    Combining sweet apple slices with tart cranberries makes this slaw a great twist on the classic cabbage version, and it's perfect for entertaining. Reviewer Gilblj notes, "I have served this at everything from fancy dinner parties to summer potlucks, and it's always a hit. A bit time-consuming to slice the cabbage–just start with presliced, bagged cabbage. I generally throw in a few extra apples, too."
  • Caramelized Onion-Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites
    Jennifer Davick

    Caramelized Onion-Cranberry-Cream Cheese Bites

    Make the Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Compote up to a day ahead using fresh or frozen cranberries and serve this creamy dip as an appetizer on whole grain crackers. It's the perfect bite-sized dish to serve throughout the season at various holiday gatherings.
  • Cranberry-Maple Butter

    Cranberry-Maple Butter

    This homemade "butter" adds rich flavor to breads, muffins, and more, and can be made with fresh or frozen berries. You can store it in the fridge for up to 2 months, so go ahead and mix up a batch to enjoy throughout the holiday season. For a colorful gift, fill a small glass jar with the butter, tie a ribbon around the top, and attach the recipe card.
  • Cranberry Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola
    Christina Schmidhofer

    Cranberry Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola

    Five ingredients and 15 minutes are all you need to prepare this delicious salad. The toasted pecans lend a rich, sweet flavor that balances out the tart dried cranberries. If you can't find lemon-flavored olive oil, we've included instructions on making your own.
  • Spirited Cranberry-Apricot Sauce
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Spirited Cranberry-Apricot Sauce

    Dried apricots and sherry add a kick to your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. If you don't like sherry, use orange juice instead.
  • Hot-and-Spicy Cranberry-Pear Chutney
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Angie Mosier

    Hot-and-Spicy Cranberry-Pear Chutney

    This versatile, quick, and easy cranberry and pear chutney is delicious served with turkey or ham, and also makes a wonderful gift. One recipe yields about 6 cups and will keep up to 1 month in the refrigerator.
  • Cranberry Salsa
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Angie Mosier

    Cranberry Salsa

    Pump up the flavor of cranberries by stirring in jalapeño pepper, cilantro, orange zest and crystallized ginger. Serve this salsa over turkey, chicken or pork roast.
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