Cranberry Sauce Recipes

From chunky chutneys to sweet, tart and spicy sauces, these cranberry recipes will convince you to ditch the can.

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Cranberry Sauce with Bourbon, Vanilla Bean and Orange

This fruity Thanksgiving sidekick can be made up to 10 days ahead of time. The flavors of bourbon and fall spices emerge as the recipe chills in the fridge. 

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Cranberry Salad

Kelsey's Thanksgiving-inspired spin on ambrosia salad is the ultimate make-ahead side. Blended cranberries tint the sweet mixture of pineapple, marshmallows and whipped cream, giving the salad vibrant color as it chills. Top with pomegranate arils for a final tangy punch.

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Cranberry Sauce

If you're more of a purist when it comes to your cranberry sauce, you'll love Alton Brown's take on the simple classic, which is packed with whole cranberries and sweetened with honey.

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Cranberry Relish with Pears and Walnuts

The tartness of vinegar makes this relish a little bit savory, which is not only good with turkey but even better in your leftovers sandwich.

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Redder than Red Cranberry Sauce

Ruby-red cherry brandy gives this cranberry sauce — chock-full of just-burst berries — its impossibly dark hue.

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Cranberry-Orange Compote

The cinnamon, anise and allspice berries in this compote give the cran-orange combination wintry warmth. But nothing takes the edge off of tart cranberries like a little wine — or, in this case, a whole bottle of sweet Riesling.

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Tart Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Alton purees cranberries, orange juice and ginger ale to create a smooth-as-can-be cranberry sauce.

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Cranberry, Apple and Ginger Chutney

For a chunkier take on cranberry sauce, try this cranberry and apple chutney, given tang and spice with apple cider vinegar and ginger.

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Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Orange juice and orange zest add citrus notes and brightness to this cranberry sauce, which would pair well with lemon-scented turkeys and fall fruit salads.

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"Saucy" Cranberry Punch

We like cranberries in sauce, but we love them even more in a cocktail. Try this seasonal spin on a retro fruit punch, where frozen cranberries do double duty to keep the drink cold and look pretty as a garnish.

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Cranberryless Sauce

Let's be honest: Some of us like the idea of traditional cranberry sauce more than the actual taste. This recipe uses pomegranate juice in lieu of cranberries, which yields a sweeter sauce with the same classic look.

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Cranberry Citrus Dressing

Michael Chiarello uses undertones of vanilla and orange to balance out this unusual cranberry sauce's sweetness with freshly ground black pepper and a touch of Dijon mustard.

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Justine's Classic Cranberry Sauce

The secret ingredient to Justine Simmons' cranberry sauce merges one of Thanksgiving's most-classic side dishes with the holiday's traditional pie: pumpkin pie spice.

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