Our Favorite Cranberry Sauce Recipes
There's nothing that puts the finishing touch on a holiday spread quite like a vibrant hued dish of cranberry sauce. Cranberries truly are a calling card of the season. But, after the last guest has left, don't ditch those berries! When it comes to the leftovers, no post-Turkey Day sandwich is complete without a spread of this holiday favorite.
We'll start you off with a classic version, Old-Fashioned Cranberry Sauce. Beautiful orange zest is the perfect finishing touch to this delicious condiment.
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce
What makes this sauce extraordinary isn’t the orange liqueur, though it rounds out the tart and sweet flavors beautifully. It’s the whole fresh cranberries reserved before cooking and stirred in just before serving. You might think the fresh berries would be too tart without simmering—we did too—but the result is simply outstanding. This jammy sauce is punctuated by pops of whole cranberries. You can sub fresh orange juice for the orange liqueur if you like. Double the batch and use as a breakfast jam or sandwich spread, or spoon warm sauce over frozen yogurt.
Classic Cranberry Sauce
Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves boost the taste of this traditional whole-berry cranberry sauce. Vary the character by adding toasted nuts or other fruits.
Spiced Apple-Cranberry Sauce
A trio of warm spices takes this holiday staple out of candy-sweet territory and into the world of robust holiday condiments. The sauce is equally delicious with roast turkey and roast pork, an easy way to top off your holiday protein for the rest of the season. Apples counter the tartness of the cranberries and help the sauce thicken. No fine dice on the apples here; the rustic chunky look of the two fruits is what makes the sauce beautiful and enticing. If you’re feeling extra generous, double the batch and spoon into small jars for guests to take home. Omit the water and orange liqueur from the master recipe. Sub 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar for granulated sugar, and follow the remaining steps using apple cider, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg.
Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish
Allow at least one day in the refrigerator to marry the bright, fresh flavors and you will see it is well worth the wait. Make up to three days ahead.
White Balsamic and Rosemary Cranberry Sauce
If you’re looking for a way to amp up your traditional sauce, this is it. Fresh rosemary gives the sauce a light herbal flavor (the berries are robust enough to stand up to the piny herb). White balsamic vinegar balances the sweet and adds a dimension of fruity tang to the tart cranberries. If you don’t have white balsamic, use white wine vinegar or cider vinegar—regular balsamic is a bit too strong and would darken the finished sauce. Beyond your holiday plate (and inevitable holiday leftovers), add to a cheese plate or sandwich buffet. Omit the orange liqueur from the master recipe. Simmer cranberries with rosemary sprigs, sugar, water, and cranberries. Stir in balsamic vinegar.
Basic Cranberry Sauce
This indispensable holiday accompaniment was so easy and flavorful, it inspired Mandivola to promise, "I will never buy cranberry sauce from a can again! It came out perfectly and it was very low maintenance to make. Delicious!"
Roasted Cranberries and Grapes with Rosemary
Your relish is going to get a much needed revamp with the addition of grapes and rosemary. Black grapes have thicker skins than red grapes, and they'll hold up better under the broiler.
Framboise Cranberry Sauce
Belgian Framboise Lambic beer—a frothy, berry-colored beverage—adds an underlying sweetness that complements the cranberries.
Cran-Blueberry Sauce with Candied Ginger
Make this sauce a couple of days ahead, and refrigerate in an airtight container. Reheat in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, adding water—a tablespoon or two—to thin it.
Spirited Cranberry-Apricot Sauce
Cherry-Port Cranberry Sauce
Port adds a grown-up twist, but you can sub unsweetened cherry or pomegranate juice, if you like.
Make this relish ahead, and keep it refrigerated. Serve with turkey as an alternative to the usual cranberry sauce.
Spiced Cranberry-Mango Chutney
This bold, spiced chutney is flavored with ginger, garlic, and chiles, making for a unique spin on the traditional holiday turkey topper.
Cranberry, Cherry, and Walnut Chutney
Aside from making a stellar accompaniment to roast turkey, this chutney is great for gift giving; pack in a ribbon-tied jelly jar. It also goes well with roast chicken, pork tenderloin, or ham.
Three-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce
You can "spike" your cranberry sauce by stirring in 1 to 2 tablespoons orange or black currant liqueur at the end. If you like it spiced, stir in ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon ground allspice.
This tangy cranberry-apple relish is a perfect make-ahead holiday side; you can store it in the refrigerator for up to three days before serving.
Serve during a holiday breakfast, alongside a turkey, or spread on a sandwich—you'll love it no matter how you decide to use it.
Cranberry Sauce with Apple Cider
Apple cider stands in for water to add dimension to this cranberry sauce. It's great with pork or turkey. Try some as a relish on a sandwich made with leftovers.
Gingered Cranberry Sauce
Make up to a week ahead, and store, covered, in the refrigerator. The strong ginger flavor of this basic cranberry sauce goes well with turkey and herb-infused gravy.
Slivered almonds add crunch to reader Mary's favorite chutney, which she serves with shrimp or chicken.
Toasted pecans add a pleasing crunch to this fruity condiment. If you make it a few days ahead, leave out the nuts until just before serving so they'll remain crunchy. Leftovers are great on a turkey sandwich with horseradish or cream cheese.