50 Things to Make with Cranberries

Sauce is just the start. Here are dozens of fun ideas.

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1. Classic Cranberry Sauce Simmer 4 cups cranberries, 1 1/2 cups each sugar and water, 4 wide strips lemon zest and 1/4 cup lemon juice over medium heat until the berries pop and the sauce thickens, 20 minutes; cool.

2. Cranberry-Port Sauce Cook 1/3 cup minced red onion in 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat until softened. Add 1/2 cup ruby port; simmer until reduced by half. Add 1 cup cranberries, 3/4 cup chicken broth, 2 tablespoons each sugar and orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder. Simmer, lightly smashing the berries, until thickened, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Cranberry-Pear Sauce Simmer 4 cups cranberries, 2 chopped peeled pears, 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom over medium heat until the berries pop and the sauce thickens, 25 minutes; cool.

4. Cranberry Jelly Bring 4 cups cranberries, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and a pinch of salt to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the berries pop and the sauce thickens, 20 to 25 minutes; cool. Puree, then strain. Chill.

5. Cranberry-Jalapeno Salsa Finely chop 2 cups cranberries with 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor. Toss with 1/3 cup each chopped cucumber and cilantro, 1/4 cup chopped white onion, 1 minced jalapeno, 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

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6. Cranberry-Mint Chutney Bring 1 cup cranberries, 3/4 cup each sugar and water, 1/2 cup dried cranberries and a pinch of salt to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium; simmer until the berries pop and the chutney thickens, 10 minutes; cool slightly. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped cranberries, 1/4 cup chopped mint and 2 tablespoons cider vinegar.

7. Cranberry Relish Pulse 4 cups cranberries and 1/2 cup sugar in a food processor until chopped. Toss with 2/3 cup each diced celery and apple, and 2/3 cup chopped parsley.

8. Sugared Cranberries Bring 1/2 cup each sugar and water to a boil. Pour over 1 1/2 cups cranberries. Cool 1 hour; drain. Roll in 1/2 cup sugar on a baking sheet. Let dry 4 hours.

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9. Cranberry Maple Syrup Simmer 1 cup maple syrup, 3/4 cup cranberries and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla over medium heat until the berries pop, 10 minutes.

10. Cranberry Pancakes Microwave 1 1/2 cups cranberries with 2 tablespoons sugar until softened, about 5 minutes; cool. Add to about 3 cups pancake batter.