Cranberries Every Way: Sauces, Salads and More

Cranberries are beautiful, delicious and so much more versatile than you think. Why not give your regular recipe an upgrade this year?
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It’s cranberry season! Very soon now, those ubiquitous tart, little red berries will undoubtedly be making their way to your Thanksgiving table. Cranberry sauce is one of the most-beloved holiday flavors, and it is part of nearly everyone’s menu. But for many people, cranberry sauce is often an afterthought that's usually uncreative and never a showstopper — just a box to check off in the “must have” category.

But cranberries are beautiful, delicious and so much more versatile than you think. Why not give your regular recipe an upgrade this year? Here are some great ideas for fresh cranberries.

Cran Sour Cream

Cran Sour Cream

Sour Cream and Cranberry Mixture in a White Dish against a White Background

If you’re feeling daring, this cranberry-horseradish cream from Food Network Magazine is sure to get everyone’s attention.

Or spice things up. Guy Fieri’s Red Devil Cranberries recipe contains two different types of peppers!

Cran Relish

Cran Relish

Cranberry Relish in a White Dish against a White Background

The addition of walnuts and tart apple creates a nutty relish that’s unbelievable on turkey sandwiches.

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Red wine and dried fruit make traditional sauce feel much more luxe.

Phyliss Pellman Good's Cranberry Salad for Pennsylvannia Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network's Cooking Live

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Or go retro with this cranberry salad, which is an updated take on the gelatin mold.

To keep the cranberry party going all night long, try finishing your meal with this festive cake roll.

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Photo by: Ryan Liebe

Ryan Liebe

And if homemade sauce is not your thing, here are more clever ideas for fresh cranberries — from a bagel spread to cocktails!

How do you incorporate cranberries into your Thanksgiving meal? Tell us in the comments below.

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