Think Beyond the Can: Homemade Cranberry Sauces Fit for the Feast

This year, skip canned cranberries and make homemade cranberry sauce instead with the help of these simple recipes.
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Next to the turkey, the potatoes, stuffing and vegetables often compete for the spotlight on your Thanksgiving table, but there's one tangy side that's not to be forgotten: cranberry sauce. This year, instead of opting for the jellied stuff from a can, make your own cranberry side dish from scratch. Most recipes call for only a few ingredients and can be made ahead of the feast, so the dish will likely be one of the easiest you make all season long. Read on below to find go-to cranberry sauces from Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and more chefs, then check out Food Network's entire collection of top cranberry sauces for more inspiration.

A tried-and-true classic you can count on, Tyler's Cranberry-Orange Sauce (pictured above) boasts the subtle warmth of fragrant cinnamon, which he balances with bright, refreshing orange juice.

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Leave it to Iron Chef Flay to put an impressively elegant spin on the everyday cranberry. To make his Cranberry Sauce with Pinot and Figs (pictured above), Bobby starts by soaking dried figs in warm red wine, then he adds the fruit to a sweetened, ginger-laced cranberry mixture and stirs in balsamic vinegar for a rich finish.

Follow Guy's lead and add a bit of welcome heat to your cranberry sauce. He opts for a serrano chile and chipotles in adobo sauce to give a smoky flavor and a bold punch of spice to his Red Devil Cranberries (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine.

If you crave the texture of jellied cranberries, look no further than Food Network Magazine's Cranberry Pomegranate Terrine (pictured above). Surprisingly simple to make, this layered beauty boasts a base and topping of fresh cranberries, and a spiced pomegranate filling made sturdy with the help of gelatin. Best of all, it doesn't take any special equipment to make this showstopping side; just build the terrine in a loaf pan and let it set in the refrigerator.

Craving more cranberry sauce? Check out Food Network's Top Cranberry Sauce Recipes for more ideas.

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