15 Thanksgiving-Worthy Cranberry Recipes That Aren’t Cranberry Sauce

Move aside mashed potatoes, get out of here green bean casserole, because this year the real star of Thanksgiving is going to shine. Cranberry is an autumn flavor favorite, but it often gets overlooked or thought of as a dessert-only flavor.

We have composed 15 cranberry recipes that are going to make cranberry the star of your Thanksgiving table. From a main dish of venison with a cranberry-port sauce, to a cranberry white chocolate ice cream, and even a spicy cranberry chutney, these recipes are sure to showcase cranberry at your Turkey Day dinner.

1. Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta

The Cafe Sucre Farine
The Cafe Sucre Farine

This appetizer recipe packs an antioxidant punch with the combination of cranberry and pomegranate.

Slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and piled on top of a crisp crostini, this dish is guaranteed to get your guests’ appetites going.

2. Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

Damn Delicious
Damn Delicious

This recipe comes with the promise that your Thanksgiving table will be made better by warm, gooey, brie cheese.

This melty cheese masterpiece is topped with a maple cranberry and pecan mixture, and is best served with water crackers or toast points.

3. Cream Cheese Cranberry Dip

Julie's Eats and Treats
Julie’s Eats and Treats

With a base of cream cheese and a can of cranberry sauce, this easy recipe can be made in about 15 minutes.

Green onion, cumin, and lemon juice bring out the sweetness of the cranberries. Serve this dip with the crackers of your choice.

4. Cranberry Jalapeño “Cornbread” Muffins

All Day I Dream About Food
All Day I Dream About Food

This cornbread recipe combines the pop of fresh cranberries with a zing of spice from the jalapeños.

These colorful cornbread muffins are both low-carb and grain-free, and will quickly become everyone’s favorite way to sop up some gravy goodness.

5. Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Candied Walnuts

Peas and Crayons
Peas and Crayons

This recipe is great side dish that is sure to stand out amongst the typical Turkey Day fare.

Zesty citrus, candied walnuts, and cranberries combine to create a dish you guests won’t soon forget.

6. Balsamic Butternut, Kale, and Cranberry Panzanella

Cookie and Kate
Cookie and Kate

Panzanella is a Tuscan bread salad that is usually served in the summertime, but this autumn version will invigorate your Thanksgiving table.

The pop of dried cranberries in this recipe elevates the fall flavors of butternut squash, pepitas, and kale, and ensures that this will become a new Thanksgiving favorite.

7. Spicy Cranberry Chutney

Food Network
Food Network

Bright citrus, fresh jalapeños, and cranberry combine to make this spicy condiment.

This recipe will certainly zest up your Thanksgiving table and wake up your guests’ taste buds.

8. Cranberry and Walnut Stuffing

Foodie Crush
Foodie Crush

Crunchy walnuts and sweet dried cranberries make this savory stuffing a show stopper.

This recipe is sure to become a holiday go-to.

9. Medallions of Venison with Cranberry-Port Sauce

Williams-Sonoma
Williams-Sonoma

Venison, being a typically leaner meat with strong umami flavors, goes exceptionally well with cranberry and bold wines like port.

Forego the turkey and put a twist on Thanksgiving this year with this recipe.

10. Cranberry Orange Glazed Ham

Add a Pinch
Add a Pinch

Step aside turkey because the flavor duo of cranberry and orange is sure to make this glazed ham recipe that star of your Thanksgiving Day Table.

11. Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze

Food Network
Food Network

Paula Deen enhances this turkey recipe with a cranberry, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar glaze.

Sweet and savory, this turkey will surely be all the rage at your Thanksgiving dinner this year.

12. Cranberry Ice Cream with White Chocolate Chunks

Serious Eats
Serious Eats

Thanksgiving is a day of decadence, so why not include everyone’s favorite creamy dessert with a cranberry pop?

This recipe will go great served over warm pecan pie, over the brownie recipe that is listed next, or in a bowl on its own.

13. Bittersweet Cranberry Brownies

Coconut and Lime
Coconut and Lime

Rich, chocolatey brownies served warm from the oven, now that’s a good way to finish any meal.

This recipe is for all the chocolate lovers out there, who like me, really think chocolate should become a Thanksgiving tradition.

14. Cranberry Pecan Pie

Barbara Bakes
Barbara Bakes

Pecan pie and cranberries are both traditional elements at any Turkey Day table, so why not combine them?

This recipe combines the caramel-y sweetness of pecan pie with the tartness of fresh cranberries.

15. Cranberry-Lime Pie

Bon Appetit
Bon Appetit

Key lime pie is both my mom and I’s favorite kind of pie, so I am excited to share this recipe I found.

Tart and refreshing, this pie is sure to steal the spotlight when placed your Thanksgiving dessert table.

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