Cranberries are without a doubt a Thanksgiving staple. Yes, turkey is more iconic, but Thanksgiving Day is the only day of the year most of us eat cranberries—and Craisins do not count. Stuffing (we’ve all had Stove Top at some point this year!), dinner rolls, green beans, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes are all pretty much eaten in some form at other times throughout the year. But cranberries are reserved to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
This is why it’s important to skip the canned crap and make fresh, homemade cranberry sauce. It’s super easy and affordable to make with just a handful of ingredients. It’s tart, it’s sweet, and it tastes even better smothered over succulent turkey or scooped up with a fluffy dinner roll.
Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Menu
Pair your homemade cranberry sauce with these holiday classics.
- Herb-Roasted Turkey with Shallot Gravy
- Mini Lattice Apple Pies
- Rosemary-Maple Cornbread Muffins
- Kale and Chorizo StuffingPesto Mashed Potatoes
- Pesto Mashed Potatoes
- Brussels Sprouts Gratin
- Celery Root, Apple, and Walnut Coleslaw
More cranberry sauce recipes to try
By cooking your cranberries in a slow cooker you not only free up stove top space, but you also ensure that they’ll be served fresh and warm.
Oftentimes, a small update leads to new-and-improved traditions. Which is why we love this fragrant cherry and vanilla cranberry sauce that is sweet, tart, and extra fruity.
Leftover Cranberry Recipe Ideas
So what will you do with all those amazing cranberry leftovers after the holiday? We can think of a few things.
This cheesy turkey quesadilla topped with a tart and fruity cranberry salsa makes a kid-friendly lunch on Black Friday!
If you didn’t cook your entire bag of fresh cranberries, use them in this bubbly cocktail.
Turkey, cranberries, and stuffing were all tasty together on Thanksgiving Day, so why wouldn’t they make a delicious tasty panini?
This French toast with a sweet maple cranberry syrup is perfect for a weekend breakfast.