What to Do With Leftover Cranberry Sauce: 3 Easy Recipes

Don’t know what to do with all the leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving? Try making these easy leftover cranberry sauce recipes.

Cranberry sauce is a mainstay at the Thanksgiving table. But once the big meal is over, you likely want to re-purpose it into something a little different. Wondering what to do with leftover cranberry sauce? It can be used in a variety of sweet and savory recipes, spanning appetizers to dessert. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or frozen for 1-2 months. Below, see our suggestions for leftover cranberry sauce recipes.


Baked Brie With Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Photo by Greg DuPree

Tart cranberries pair deliciously with creamy brie or camembert cheese. Simply spoon the leftover cranberry sauce over a round of brie. Top with chopped toasted pecans and garnish with fresh rosemary. Serve warm with toasty bread, like in our Baked Brie With Cranberry Compote and Pecans, for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.


Oatmeal With Leftover Cranberry Sauce

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Yes, you can eat leftover cranberry sauce for breakfast (and we’ll guarantee you’ll love it). A bowl of warm oatmeal is a blank slate for flavor, which is why tart cranberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment. In fact, we took inspiration from our Baked Oatmeal With Cranberries and Almonds. Simply spoon leftover cranberry sauce on top of creamy oats. It would also be great atop pancakes or waffles.


Vanilla Ice Cream With Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Photo by Max Kelly

Adding a tart flavor to dessert is a great way to keep it from being cloyingly sweet. That’s why we like spooning leftover cranberry sauce over vanilla ice cream (or gelato, or sorbet) for the easiest, most satisfying dessert you’ll eat this holiday season. Switch it up and try our No-Churn Pumpkin Ice Cream With Cranberry-Raspberry Compote, too.