Cranberries are a distinctive red fruit with a sour taste that's often sweetened to balance other heavier Thanksgiving dishes well. Our favorite cranberry sauces pair nicely with turkey, or as a standalone side to spoon onto your plate. Whether you're looking to start off your feast with a cranberry cocktail, or finish off the evening with a sweet, frozen fall pie, with our best Thanksgiving cranberry recipes, you're guaranteed to find a favorite way to use this seasonal fruit.
Cranberry recipes often call for the frozen berries, but for your next Thanksgiving, seek out the fresh gems at the market. When you find them, try them in one of our favorite Thanksgiving cranberry recipes:
This bracingly tart relish, from Matthew Jennings of Townsman in Boston is the perfect foil for a rich Thanksgiving spread. Whole pieces or orange flesh and peel add texture to balance the creamy smoothness of mashed potatoes and cornbread dressing. Get the recipe for Cranberry-Orange Relish »
Sautéed garlic and onion, plus a little bit of salt, add a savory note to this sweet-tart relish, which gets its body from the natural pectin in the poached, puréed cranberries. A twist on Thanksgiving's traditional cranberry sauce. Get the recipe for Apple-Cranberry Relish »
Tart, colorful cranberries are not just for cooked and canned sauces. Paired with rich whipped ricotta spread and toasted baguette slices, the raw fruit has a punchy flavor and crunchy texture that's a light, bright complement to crostini. Prepare the dip up to one day ahead and store covered in the refrigerator. Stir or buzz in the food processor briefly before spreading onto toasts. Get the recipe for Cranberry Crostini »