Who says you can only enjoy cranberries on Thanksgiving?

By Ariel Klein
August 30, 2019

Whether they're fresh, dried, or cooked, cranberries add a delightfully sweet and tart flavor to many different dishes. In fact, cranberries may be one of the most versatile fruits since they pair perfectly with recipes that are sweet, savory, and spicy. And let’s not forget how much flavor they add to some of our favorite classic cocktails, like Cosmopolitans, Sea Breezes, and Sex on the Beach.

Like many types of berries, cranberries contain antioxidants and other beneficial properties that help with digestion, gum health, and our immune system. They’re even known to prevent urinary tract infections and lower bad cholesterol—talk about a superfood! We’ve put together a list of our favorite cranberry recipes to spark some inspiration in your kitchen.

Gentl + Hyers

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf With Cranberries

Looking for the perfect side dish to complement poultry or meat? This Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf is anything but ordinary. The savoriness of mushrooms and onions paired with fresh herbs and tart cranberries makes this dish a true show-stopper.

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Greg DuPree

Baked Brie With Cranberry Compote and Pecans

Need a new holiday appetizer? Or perhaps a snack for your book club? Impress your friends and family with this Baked Brie With Cranberry Compote. Indulge in the creaminess of a delicious baked brie with a zesty cranberry compote and crunchy toasted pecans. Your guests will be drooling the moment you take it out of the oven.

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Con Poulos

Cranberry-Apple Tuna Salad

Elevate your classic tuna salad recipe with the sweetness of dried cranberries and tartness of sliced apples. This Cranberry-Apple Tuna Salad has elements of a Waldorf salad and is perfect to make for school lunches or eat as a healthy, filling snack.

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Greg DuPree

Cranberry Ricotta Cake

This Cranberry Ricotta Cake is what dreams are made of. The combination of fresh cranberries, butter, sugar, and ricotta creates a perfect light and buttery dessert. The best part? It’s beyond easy to bake, and chances are, you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry.

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Gentl & Hyers

Spiced Cranberry Toaster Tarts

Remember those super sweet, processed breakfast pastries that were absolutely delicious? Well, now you can enjoy them without as much guilt. This Spiced Cranberry Toaster Tarts recipe is simple because it calls for store-bought pie crust. And the filling consists of orange marmalade and dried cranberries, pretty simple, eh? Whether you’re making them for your kids or yourself, you’re guaranteed to have some happy bellies.

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