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. Thanks for sharing such nice delicious recipe with different ways.
    I would like to make it in all different way as you mentioned here. Thanks for this great site about recipe. I really enjoyed it. I will visit this site in future too.

  2. tisane says:

    It is believed that cranberry juice can inhibit the aggregation of bacteria that cause dental plaque.

  3. Bev says:

    I like cranberry sauce on sandwiches including PBJ . . . tastes good on an after Thanksgiving Day turkey sandwich too!

  4. Robin says:

    Hiya! I'm trying to add more yummy fiber filled foods to my diet. What is the fiber content of cranberries?

  5. Your Mom says:

    ^ Google it, dipsh!t!

  6. Nancy says:

    what is the fat content of whole cranberries in a jar?

  7. Vitamin C says:

    I am the only one who likes cranberry sauce (yes…the canned jelly kind) for leftover turkey sandwiches on buns. But a whole can is quite a bit. I have frozen some and it worked well. This year I made oatmeal jam bars but substituted the cranberry jelly instead of the jam in slices between the layers of the crust and topping and then slightly mashed with a fork to help spread the circles. It turned out quite tasty.

  8. beth says:

    Trader Joe's has a cranberry apple butter spread that is really good on turkey sandwiches. Might have one now!

  9. Cheryl Rasey says:

    I love Cranberries and hubby will only eat jelly or home made jello/cranberry salad which is just full of things he won't eat alone. I make a berry pie that contains cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries in any combination along with cherry pie filling. I add very little sugar and use tapioca for the thickener. It is great.

  10. roland8ball says:

    Ilike to take a pork roast an put cranberries inside of it an bake in the oven

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