6 Fresh, New Takes on Cranberry Sauce That Go Beyond the Can

Say goodbye to boring cranberry sauce.

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When it comes to cranberry sauce, I need it to not slurp out of a can. I do enjoy the symmetry of canned, jellied cranberry sauce, but I love being able to add in special flavors of my own, like orange peel, honey and cinnamon sticks when I make it from scratch. Who needs dessert when you have homemade cranberry sauce? Plus, it's perfect to top on leftover mashed-potato pancakes all weekend long.

Ready to go beyond the can? Check out my favorite cranberry sauce recipes that are super easy and super delicious. Your holiday guests will thank you.

Golden Raisin + Cranberry Chutney

Golden Raisin and Cranberry Chutney Recipe

Golden Raisin and Cranberry Chutney Recipe

Forget canned cranberry sauce; instead whip up this not-too-sweet relish to complement your Thanksgiving turkey, ham, duck or even roast pork.

Orange-Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Photo by: Claire Thomas/Kitchy Kitchen

Claire Thomas/Kitchy Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries begin to split, approximately 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Refrigerate before serving.

Prickly-Pear Cranberry Sauce

Sweet prickly pears complement tart cranberries in a new spin on a traditional holiday sauce.

Sweet prickly pears complement tart cranberries in a new spin on a traditional holiday sauce.

Ginger-Curry Cranberry Sauce

Photo by: Claire Thomas/Kitchy Kitchen

Claire Thomas/Kitchy Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garam masala
  • ginger, sliced
  • orange peel
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries begin to split, approximately 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Refrigerate before serving.

Joanna Gaines' Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Recipes From HGTV Stars

Thanksgiving Recipes From HGTV Stars

HGTV stars shared some of their favorite family recipes for the holiday.

Photo by: Lara Robby (food styled by Mariana Velasquez)

Lara Robby (food styled by Mariana Velasquez)

Sweet-Pepper Cranberry Sauce

Photo by: Claire Thomas/Kitchy Kitchen

Claire Thomas/Kitchy Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 oz) cranberries
  • 1/2 cup red pepper jelly
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries begin to split, approximately 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Refrigerate before serving.

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