16 Terrific Cranberry Sauces to Complete Thanksgiving Dinner

To Pair With Turkey, Chicken, Pork, and More

Citrus Cranberries Amaretto Sauce

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What would the Thanksgiving holiday be without cranberry sauce? What you may not know is how many delicious variations exist, from ones with a kick of spice to others featured mixed fruits.

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    Quick and Easy Cranberry Sauce

    Quick and Easy Cranberry Sauce

    Diana Rattray

    Here is a quick four-ingredient fresh cranberry sauce that's great to have in your back pocket as holiday season begins. You can make it in only 15 minutes on the stovetop, adding orange juice and cinnamon to taste.

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    Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

    Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

    Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot makes quick work of cranberry sauce, cooking it in only five minutes. This is a great, last-minute recipe that produces a sweet-tart sauce to complement roast turkey or chicken and brighten holiday plates.

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    Spiced Cranberry Sauce With Apple and Orange

    Spiced Cranberry Sauce With Apple and Orange

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    Low in sugar and high in flavor, this nicely-spiced holiday sauce gets a lovely lift from apple and orange. Store it in the fridge tightly sealed up to a week for enjoying with roast turkey, chicken, or pork on the big day.

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    Caramelized Cranberry and Apple Compote

    Caramelized Cranberry and Apple Compote

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    Chef Gordon Ramsay devised this clever method for preparing cranberry sauce. He caramelizes sugar with star anise and cardamom before adding it to the simmering fruit. The result is a sweet, luscious sauce with a gorgeous flavor that is sure to win you kudos at holiday meal time.

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    Vegan Cranberry Sauce With Blueberries

    Vegan Cranberry Sauce With Blueberries

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    Blueberries add sweetness and heart-healthy antioxidants to this vegan-friendly cranberry sauce. Fresh orange juice and zest balance the berry sweetness and add a welcome, bright component that tastes delicious when ladled atop roasted vegetables or tofurkey.

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    No-Cook Cranberry Relish

    No-Cook Cranberry Relish

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    Free up stove space with this simple no-cook cranberry relish. It blends three ingredients in the food processor and takes just 10 minutes to prepare. The relish is very versatile, from all your favorite cranberry sauce uses to quick desserts, appetizers, and even as a condiment for leftover turkey sandwiches.

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    Cabernet Cranberry Sauce

    Cabernet Cranberry Sauce

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    Cabernet adds wonderful flavor to this winning recipe. A pinch of salt and cayenne pepper are also added to brighten the cranberry sauce and give it a tasty kick. It's a fabulous complement to grilled steak and roast pork as well as turkey.

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    Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

    Slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

    With only four ingredients, this slow cooker cranberry sauce is so easy to prepare. You can set and forget it while you go about making the rest of the Thanksgiving meal. Leftovers make a fantastic sandwich spread, too.

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    Cranberry and Port Relish

    Cranberry and Port Relish

    Elaine Lemm

    This spiced cranberry relish with port wine and a drizzle of vinegar has fantastic depth of flavor, helping it to stand up to meaty-tasting wild game and pork dishes, as well as roast turkey and chicken. It's a great edible gift when ladled into mason jars.

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    Cranberry Coulis

    Cranberry Coulis

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    Sweet-tart cranberry coulis is a blended version of the traditional chunky cranberry sauce. A few simple ingredients, plus a glug of orange liqueur are quickly cooked down, then pureed, to give the coulis its signature, smooth texture.

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    Sweet and Tart Cranberry Salsa With Jalapenos

    Sweet and Tart Cranberry Salsa With Jalapenos

    Robin Grose

    Cook up a sweet and tart cranberry salsa with a fiery kick from spicy jalapeno peppers with this creative recipe inspired by Mexican table sauces. Serve it to accompany turkey, chicken or pork main dishes, or enjoy as a holiday appetizer dip with tortilla chips.

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    Citrus Cranberry Amaretto Sauce

    Citrus Cranberries Amaretto Sauce

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    Almond-flavored amaretto liqueur is the secret weapon in this chunky cranberry sauce, which gets a nice citrus punch from lemon zest and orange marmalade.

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    Cranberry Orange Relish

    Cranberry Orange Relish

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    Frozen cranberries and fresh orange combine in this simply delicious relish that perfect for pairing with holiday turkey, pork, or game meats. It's so easy to make in 15 minutes, with only three ingredients needed.

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    Cranberry Orange Chutney

    Cranberry Orange Chutney

    Diana Rattray

    Vinegar is added to the traditional cranberry relish ingredients, making this condiment a "chutney." It packs tons of flavor in every bite, with apples, oranges, golden raisins, chopped pecans, ginger, and cinnamon in the mix. Serve to accompany all your holiday main dishes, from pork to turkey and chicken.

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    Raw Tangy Cranberry Relish

    Raw Tangy Cranberry Relish

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    Try this colorful, raw cranberry relish as a flavorful topping for roast pork and turkey. With plenty of fruity flavor from apple and orange, plus a little sugar, it's a great holiday condiment, and freezes well for storing.

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    Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

    Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

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    Cranberry barbecue sauce is a delectable way to dress up smoked turkey or grilled pork. Use it as a basting sauce for turkey, serve it on the side, or jar it as a hostess gift when visiting friends and family for the holidays.