Cranberry Sauce Recipes

Because of childhood memories of the plasticky canned cranberry sauce that so many Americans grew up with, cranberry sauce has been the punchline of numerous Thanksgiving jokes. This is when I knew I had to make some better cranberry sauce recipes.

Many people prefer canned cranberry sauce. However, the best cranberry sauce, in my opinion, is a completely different beast. Fruity and tart, sweet but not overly sweet, thick but not artificially gloopy—and requires a completely different technique.

It is not only possible to make truly excellent basic cranberry sauce by eliminating the use of canned cranberries, but it also provides the opportunity to experiment with other flavors that complement the tart berries.

You can enhance cranberry sauce with various fruits, spices, and other ingredients to create something truly memorable from a standard recipe. Our favorite cranberry sauce recipes include apple and orange, pear and ginger, apple and lime, and more. I have been compiled to get you started on your holiday baking. Enjoy!

Vegan Cranberry Sauce

The absence of cranberry sauce from any holiday meal is unthinkable. Whether you are preparing a vegan meal or a traditional turkey dinner, cranberry sauce must be included as a condiment to accompany your main course or even to enjoy on its own.

This vegan cranberry sauce can be enjoyed by all ages, and it is delicious. This is something I could seriously eat on its own. It’s also the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors, with a final zing of orange zest to give it the finishing touch.

Cranberry Blueberry Sauce

First and foremost, this Cranberry Blueberry Sauce Recipe is simple to prepare. But, second, it’s so delicious that you’ll find yourself hovering over the pot, begging for a taste. As a side dish, it’s delectable, but as a topping for your pie? Not so much.

Cranberries taste even better when combined with blueberries! Cranberries, blueberries, water, and maple syrup are all you need to make cranberry blueberry sauce, and they are all very simple to prepare. You can easily prepare your own fresh cranberry blueberry sauce. It’s ridiculously simple, and everyone adores it.

Cranberry BBQ Sauce

If you despise or adore traditional cranberry sauce, you will fall in love with this recipe. When you have leftover turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving, this Cranberry BBQ Sauce is the perfect accompaniment for all of your dishes, from potatoes to tofu turkey. With a sweet, tangy, and full of flavor, it pairs well with a variety of savory dishes.

Alternatively, drizzle over lentil meatballs and serve as a glaze for roasted vegetables or air-fried tofu. If you have leftover tofu turkey from Thanksgiving, spread it on a leftover sandwich, and you’re set! You’ll be pleasantly surprised how versatile this sauce is!

Cranberry Ground Cherry Sauce

This sauce made with cranberries and ground cherries is very easy to prepare. Infused with honey and brightened with citrus, Cranberry Ground Cherry Sauce achieves the perfect blend between tart cranberries and juicy cherry preserves. Cranberries, ground cherries, maple syrup, apple juice, and a cinnamon stick combine to make the perfect side dish for any meal or dessert.

Besides being relatively simple to prepare, Cranberry Ground Cherry Sauce can be made well in advance of Thanksgiving, freeing up your time on the big day to prepare, well, pretty much everything else.

Cranberry Orange Relish

It goes perfectly with your holiday meal when you serve this Cranberry Orange Relish. The recipe adds a bright, tart flavor that cuts through the heaviness of the other delicious recipes. As this is a fresh cranberry relish recipe, there is no cooking involved, so there is no need to take up valuable stovetop or oven space.

This last recipe isn’t technically a cranberry sauce. Still, pulsing fresh cranberries, a whole unpeeled orange, Persimmon, Lemon juice, sugar, and ginger together in a food processor yields the same flavors as a sauce, in a thicker form similar to a relish. It also only takes 10 minutes to prepare, making it an ideal choice if you’re feeling stressed by the rest of your cooking duties.

Cranberry Pear Sauce

This festive and delectable Cranberry Pear Sauce will be a hit with your guests this season! Despite its simplicity, it is extremely quick and easy to make, and it contains no refined sugar. The tart and tangy cranberries in this year’s cranberry sauce are sweetened with ripe pears, a new twist on an old classic.

Its natural sweetness is derived from ripe pears and a small amount of genuine maple syrup. It’s the perfect side dish for all your savory dishes. This recipe will change your perspective on store-bought cranberry sauce for the rest of your life.

Cranberry Sauce from Dried Cranberries

The traditional Thanksgiving dish of cranberry sauce is delicious, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy that doesn’t require you to open a can, try this dried cranberry sauce recipe! It’s sweet and juicy, and you can make it in minutes.

For some people, dried cranberries may be more convenient to obtain than fresh cranberries. Additionally, they are available for purchase online, making them a convenient option for those unable or unwilling to leave their homes.

Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple

Pineapple in Cranberry Sauce is a delicious combination of flavors. The holidays are approaching, and the traditional meal is extremely carbohydrate-dense! I decided to come up with a healthier version of Cranberry Sauce with Pineapple that did not contain the traditional 1 cup of white sugar.

Additionally, the sauce’s sweetness is perfectly balanced by the addition of pineapples, resulting in a reduction in the amount of sugar required. The dish can be made in 15 minutes with only a few simple ingredients, including fresh cranberries and pineapple and water, maple syrup or cane sugar, and ginger.

Healthy Cranberry Apple Sauce

Cranberry Apple Sauce is a delicious and nutritious side dish for any occasion. There’s almost nothing better than a side of cranberry sauce to accompany your Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day.

In contrast to this, as I’m sure you know, traditional cranberry sauce is packaged in a can and contains a high concentration of sugar and preservatives. With less added sugar and a tangier flavor, this cranberry apple sauce recipe is super fresh and easy to make while still providing that satisfying little sweet kick you crave when eating applesauce.

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