Autumn brings with it such a delicious array of flavors: Apples fresh from the orchard, plump pumpkins and squash, and of course, everyone’s favorite gelatinous side—cranberry. Think outside of the cylinder with these delicious recipes that put cranberry in both sweet and savory presentations. You’ll never look at the jiggly sauce the same way again.
Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
These sweet and tangy meatballs use jellied cranberry sauce with chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice for a finger-licking’ good glaze that turns humble ground beef into the star of the appetizer table. This recipe includes instructions for making your own meatballs, but you can also use frozen meatballs and make the sauce for quicker prep.
Cranberry Crunch Bars
These buttery bar cookies make a lovely addition to your dessert spread at holiday time or as part of the bake sale any time of year. Use up leftover homemade cranberry sauce in these tasty treats or pick up a jar of whole-berry or jellied sauce specifically for these. Store them tightly covered to retain that crunch.
This delicate cranberry bread is an elegant make-ahead recipe guaranteed to impress. Studded with chopped pecans and brightened with lemon zest, it’s a delightful addition to afternoon tea or brunch.
Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry Chili Glaze
This unique, lighter twist on the standard meatloaf will bring the whole family running to the table. A chili and cranberry glaze adds a sweet-savory element to the meat, which stays tender thanks to the addition of ground pork. Use ground turkey thighs instead of pork, if you prefer. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable for a well-rounded meal.
Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich
Turkey and cranberry sauce go together like peanut butter and jelly and not just at Thanksgiving time. Creamy Brie contrasts beautifully with sweet and tangy cranberry, all atop some crusty bread for a delicious sandwich that tastes like the holidays. Try it with both homemade cranberry sauce or the canned kind, whatever you have available.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Serve these easy and elegant puff pastry bites for a creamy, tart, and sweet appetizer that even non-cooks can create. Store-bought puff pastry sheets cut down on complexity, so you can pull them together quickly for a stress-free gathering. Mix it up by using different cheeses and fillings once you master the basic technique.
See? You will never get bored of how you should do with cranberries. For cranberries lovers, you might try one of the best combinations with cranberries above. Cranberries are suitable for almost all savory or sweet food. Let’s cook!