Cranberries 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Thanksgiving, November 2, 2009

Cranberry Dipping Sauce
It wouldn’t be fall without cranberries. At only 46 calories a cup, fresh berries add guilt-free sweetness to mains, sides, desserts and more. Plus, they’re an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. Of course, classic cranberry sauce is on our list, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised with our other healthy finds.

Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce isn’t just for turkey — leftover sauce makes a delicious spread for a chicken or pork sandwiches. Try making yours with fresher, less-processed and better-quality ingredients.
RECIPE: Tart Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Cranberry Turnovers
These red jewels are yummy baked in cakes, cookies, muffins or turnovers. Add blueberries, apples, oranges, pecans or walnuts to balance their tartness. This turnover features dried cranberries, which are sweeter — a small amount goes a long way.
RECIPE: Apple-Cranberry Phyllo Turnovers

Broccoli on the Side
Dried cranberries also liven up the slightly bitter flavor of green veggies such as Brussels sprouts, collard greens or broccoli (my fave!). You’ll get plenty of vitamin C between the cranberries and leafy greens as well as potassium, iron and beta-carotene.
RECIPE: Garlic Spiked Broccoli with Cranberries

Cranberry Conserve
Simmer up a mixture of fruits for a delightful dessert and serve it warm or cold. This works with a scoop of ice cream or alongside angel food cake. The vinegar helps keep the mix extra acidic, so you can keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks.
RECIPE: Emeril’s Cranberry Conserve (stick to half-cup servings)

Pork Chops
This recipe calls for a spicy orange glaze but you could easily sub in some homemade cranberry sauce, made with a touch of honey and cranberry juice. Or for a change of pace, substitute turkey or chicken. Quick tip: Place the berries in a food processor and pulse several times to coarsely chop them.
RECIPE: Chipotle Orange-Glazed Pork Chops

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Comments (15)

  1. Carol Truitt says:

    my mother made a wonderful cranberry salad at Thanksgiving real cranberries cooked and added to a jello mix also had small bits of apples, hickory nut (my dad is 94 and stills gather the hickory and cracks them for next year) diced celery. It is very delicious

  2. Susan says:

    My mother made a great cranberry sauce/ salad that you wll have t try to believe. In a food processor, put a bag of fresh cranberries, a whole orange ( and I mean rind, pith and all ) cut in pieces, and an apple (also cut up ) Blend it up until fairly fine and mix with your choice of sweetener to taste. When cranberries are in season, I buy a BUNCH and freeze this fo the rest of the year.

  3. tamidor says:

    Hi Robin,
    1 cup of fresh cranberries contain 5 grams of fiber.

  4. elizabeth says:

    you're kidding me right?!

  5. Donna says:

    Susan, how long do fresh cranberries stay good in the freezer. I bought 2 bags last Thanksgiving and still have one in the freezer.. Still good to use??

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