"Dressing Up" Canned Cranberry Sauce?


I'm looking for ways to "dress up" plain canned cranberry sauce since I won't be making homemade sauce this year. Any ideas?


Laurie from Indiana

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

1 - 13 - 1/2 ounce can crushed pineapple
2-3 ounce packages Lemon Flavored Jello
1-7 ounce bottle Ginger Ale
1 - 1 pound can (2 cups) Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 - 2 ounce package dessert topping mix
1 - 8 ounce package softened cream cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans
METHOD: Drain pineapple, reserving syrup; add water to make one cup, heat to a boil. Dissolve jello mix in hot liquid; cool. Gently stir in ginger ale. Chill till partially set. Blend fruits; fold into gelatin. Turn into 9 x 9 x 2 inch dish until firm - prepare dessert topping mix or use Cool Whip; blend in cream cheese; spread over gelatin. Toast pecans in one tablespoon butter at 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle on top. Chill


This salad can be served in a pretty clear bowl; it is a pretty salad to serve for Thanksgiving or Christmas.


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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

I would suggest adding the following:

Grate the zest of
-1 lemon
-1 orange
-1 lime
-Mint dried (2tsp) or fresh (4tsp) finely chopped
(if you only have dried mint,
soak in about 2 tablespoons of
the juice of any of the zested fruit,
for 30 min & follow the next directions)

Mix the zests and mint in well with your
canned cranberries. Present in a
glass dish/bowl, with a sprig of mint
leaves on top

Inexpensive, very enjoyable, and oh, so dressed up.

Happy Thanksgiving.....

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By Cheryl (Guest Post)
November 25, 20080 found this helpful

This is super easy and pretty, inexpensive to boot!

Use raisins-your choice whether golden or regular. Warm up some OJ in a saucepan to simmering-add a handful of raisins-per can of cranberry into the saucepan and remove from heat. The raisins will replump soaking up some juice.


Add the cooled and re-plumped raisins to the canned cranberry and chop up the cranberry a bit so it looks less solid. Also add a tablespoon per can of cranberry of the warmed OJ and finally for a pretty presentation-zest an orange on top of the cranberry sauce.

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

Not what you were looking for I am sure but...
No one in our family is really into any kind of cranberry sauce and the ones that are prefer the canned jelly type. So one year as a joke I slipped it out of the can, sliced it into slices and then used a turkey shaped cookie cutter to make turkey shapes. It always gets a few laughs & is somewhat of a family tradition now.

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By LP (Guest Post)
November 25, 20080 found this helpful

Our preschool makes a nice sauce by mixing canned cranberry sauce with mashed up strawberries (we use thawed frozen, unsweetened ones) and crushed walnuts. These are put in small jars and given away as treats before the holidays.

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November 26, 20080 found this helpful

1 can of whole cranberry sauce
1 can drained crushed pineapple
1 can drained mandarin oranges
1 pkg. cherry jello dry
3 bananas sliced

Mix together.


I thought about adding cool whip but it's is really good as it is and a little less calories.

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We used to wash an orange and then cut up the peel into 1/4" bits, and as the sauce sits the flavor goes all through it. No problem to eat the peel bits.

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