Think Outside the Bird: Ideas for Cranberry Sauce

You can use canned cranberry sauce for the following ideas but I make my own and it works just as well. I absolutely love cranberries so I've naturally done all the ideas listed.


Soak raisins and chopped dried apricots in rum or brandy for half an hour. Add to cranberry sauce. Heat and drizzle over ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Season sauce with Worcestershire, chopped garlic, and basil or sage. Great over pork or turkey burgers.

Top a cocktail bread square or large, thick cracker with a slice of sharp cheddar. Spoon on a little cranberry sauce mixed with sliced green onion.

Stir cranberry sauce with chutney to give an added layer of flavor. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve with pork.

Finely chop candied ginger and stir into sauce. Spoon atop a big wedge of warm brie.

Partially fill frozen mini-tart shells with crumbed blue cheese or a flavorful grated cheese. Bake as directed. Top with sauce. Sprinkle with chopped fresh mint or parsley, if desired.


Mix in generous pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to the sauce. Fill the centers of cored pear or apple halves and bake for about a half-hour at 350 degrees F.

Simmer sauce with a little curry paste. Excellent as a dipping sauce for kebabs.

Stir coarsely chopped clementines and finely chopped apple or pear into sauce. Does wonders for rotisserie chicken or pork chops.

Add dashes of Tabasco and a few drizzles of balsamic vinegar. Heat frozen meatballs and coat with sauce.

Source: Chatelaine magazine

By sooz from Toronto, ON

Editor's Note: What other uses have you found for cranberries and cranberry sauce besides turkey? Post them here!

September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Mix one can of jellied cranberry sauce and one bottle of chili sauce.

Pour the mixture over frozen meatballs in your crockpot.

Cook until the meatballs thaw and get hot.


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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Cranberry sauce to good with salmon. My favorite is grilled ginger salmon with cranberry sauce on the side to spoon some on the salmon.

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful


I love cranberrie's, I am the only one who likes them here but that is all right with me!You can buy the sauce and then just mix it up or the sauce with the berrie's they both work just as well.I love to take orange zest and add it to the sauce it help's give it a WOW that was really good I will finish this if you don't mind. I have this with a chicken dinner, even when I have chicken rice a roni. If you do not have zest on hand you can use O.J either way that is how I love mine. Try it I hope you like it as much as I do!


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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

I cook the bag as directed and let cool. Then cut several kinds of fruit, coconut, walnuts even mini marshmallows in for a super fruit salad. It never last long, is really good.

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September 26, 20100 found this helpful

You've all reminded me that I also make a Cranberry Ketchup which is delicious. I think I'll post that in the recipe section.

Thank you for your tasty ideas.

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November 6, 20140 found this helpful

I have a quick and easy Cranberry Chicken recipe my family loves:

1 can jellied cranberry sauce or 1 can whole cranberry sauce

1 bottle of Russian, French, or Catalina Dressing

1/2 tsp. granulated garlic

1 chicken, cut in pieces

Mix together the cranberry sauce, dressing of choice, and garlic in crockpot. Add chicken and cook on high for 3-4 hours until juices run clear and fully cooked. Serve over rice.

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