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Video: How to Make Homemade Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

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.

Classic Thanksgiving dinner menu

More cranberry sauce recipes to try

10 Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce Recipes

10 Slow Cooker Cranberry Recipes for Thanksgiving

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.

Cherry and Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

Cherry and Vanilla Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving side dish | Thanksgiving.com

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.

No-Cook Cranberry Orange Relish

No-cook cranberry orange relish | Thanksgiving.com
Make this cranberry relish ahead of time, and bonus—no cooking required! This cranberry orange relish also has a hint of cinnamon and honey.

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.

Turkey Quesadilla with Cranberry Salsa
Use up Thanksgiving leftover turkey and cranberries in this turkey quesadilla with homemade cranberry salsa recipe | Thanksgiving.com
This cheesy turkey quesadilla topped with a tart and fruity cranberry salsa makes a kid-friendly lunch on Black Friday!
Cranberry and Lime White Wine SpritzerCranberry, lime and rosemary white wine spritzer makes a gorgeous Christmas or Thanksgiving cocktail | Thanksgiving.com
If you didn’t cook your entire bag of fresh cranberries, use them in this bubbly cocktail.
Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Panini
Turkey cranberry stuffing panini recipe with Thanksgiving leftovers from Thanksgiving.com

Turkey, cranberries, and stuffing were all tasty together on Thanksgiving Day, so why wouldn’t they make a delicious tasty panini?
French Toast with Maple Cranberry Sauce
French toast with maple cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving breakfast from Thanksgiving.com. Use up those Thanksgiving leftover cranberries!

This French toast with a sweet maple cranberry syrup is perfect for a weekend breakfast.