16 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce — along with turkey, sweet potatoes, and pie of course — is a must on every Thanksgiving table. Sweet and tangy with a brilliant jewel tone, it's the perfect complement to the relatively mild flavored turkey and turkey sandwiches.
Whether you make your own cranberry sauce from fresh or frozen cranberries or if you are just opening a can, there are plenty of ways to use it beyond the classic turkey dinner. Similar to a low-sugar jam or preserves, cranberry sauce is intensely flavored and delicious with meats, especially pork or pot roast. It also fares well with cheese, in desserts, and in quick breads. Cranberry sauce will last between 10 and 14 days in the refrigerator, but given the wide variety of delicious recipes that use it, you may want to double your amount so you can extend the flavor of Thanksgiving well beyond the four-day weekend.
If you have leftover cranberry sauce, don't just toss it. Get creative with these delicious ways to use the cranberry sauce you didn't eat at Thanksgiving.
Slow cooker meatballs made with grape jelly and chili sauce are a classic appetizer, especially around the holidays. These meatballs call for a 16-ounce can of cranberry sauce, but you can use the leftover cranberry sauce and add a bit more jelly if the recipe needs some sweetness to balance the tang of barbecue sauce.
Cranberry BBQ Chicken
After seasoning and searing the chicken, it gets doused in a chunky sauce of onions, celery, cranberry, and barbecue sauce and baked. Recipe creator Deirdre Dee says you can use a whole chicken cut up, or pieces. Recipe reviewer Joyce Litoff says the recipe can be adapted for the slow cooker.
Brie Cranberry and Chicken Pizza
An intriguing combination of sweet and tangy cranberry sauce, creamy brie, and tender chunks of chicken make this unusual pizza. Recipe reviewers suggest sautéing the chicken with a combination of thyme and rosemary to add even more flavor and complexity and serving bite-sized pieces as a party appetizer.
Cranberry Crumb Pie
This stunning pie has a cheesecake-like layer of cream cheese mixed with sweetened condensed milk, a layer of cranberry sauce, and a walnut crumb topping. It can be served at room temperature or chilled. Recipe reviewer CJAC57 suggests making it with a graham cracker crust and serving it for Thanksgiving.
Leftover Turkey Spring Rolls with Cranberry Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
A great recipe for using both leftover cooked turkey and cranberry sauce. Be sure to use wheat spring rolls instead of rice wrappers if you are baking them rather than deep frying. Using a little oil or cooking spray will help them crisp up nicely in the oven.
Best Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins
Oatmeal and pecans lend texture to these terrifically soft and fluffy muffins. Recipe creator Marie Wishart says the amount of sugar needed depends on how sweet your cranberry sauce is and says you can go up to 1/2 cup if the leftover cranberry sauce is on the tart side.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork
This dump dinner recipe uses a can of cranberry sauce, a bottle of French dressing, and one sliced onion as the cooking sauce for a pork loin. Many recipe reviewers suggest seasoning the pork heavily with salt, pepper, and garlic and some suggest adding a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake
This easy Bundt-style coffeecake gets a sweet swirl of bright cranberry sauce in the middle. Recipe creator Laura Owen says plain yogurt can be substituted for sour cream and recommends serving it over the holidays for breakfast. Several recipe reviewers suggest adding a crumb topping or powdered sugar glaze.
No-Bake Cranberry Sauce Pie
Using cranberry gelatin, canned cranberry sauce, cream cheese, and a pre-made graham cracker crust make this one of the easiest yet most impressive pies ever. A perfect pie for Thanksgiving, you can leave out the walnuts if your guests are allergic or don't like nuts and it will still get rave reviews.
Cranberry Glazed Pork Ribs
The savory blend of canned cranberry sauce, a cinnamon stick, Dijon mustard, and orange zest is so popular with recipe reviewers that many suggest doubling or tripling it. A versatile recipe, some reviewers report great results adapting this recipe, cooking it either in the slow cooker or the oven.
Cranberry Pot Roast by Michelle
Recipe creator The Ethical Cook prepares this recipe for most of the Jewish holidays but says it can work for any occasion, noting that it can be frozen and reheated and tastes even better the second day. Recipe reviewer Janet7th recommends browning the beef then cooking it in the slow cooker along with half an onion.
Cranberry Apple Pie II
Apple pie is a holiday favorite, and this highly rated one gets cranberry sauce to take it to the next level. Recipe reviewers rave about the recipe after tweaking it to their taste, including using cornstarch instead of flour, adding more spice, decreasing the brown sugar, and some even add a crumb topping.
Pork Cutlets with Cranberry Wine Sauce
This recipe calls for quickly searing the pork chops before finishing them in the oven, then coating them in a skillet sauce made from red wine, cranberry sauce, and fresh herbs. By using an ovenproof skillet and transferring the cooked chops to a plate you'll have one less pan to wash.
Apple Crisp with Cranberry Sauce
Sweet cranberry sauce combined with fresh sliced Granny Smith apples form the base of this crisp. Recipe creator Michelle Ramey uses leftover homemade cranberry sauce but says you can use a can of whole cranberry sauce for the recipe if you prefer. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Roast Pork with Cranberry Glaze
Mashed cranberry sauce, sugar, cranberry juice, mustard, and cloves combine for a savory and sweet glaze for those who prefer pork to turkey for a festive holiday meal. The cooking liquid is thickened after cooking to make a sauce. Many recipe reviewers report success making this recipe in a slow cooker.
Banana Cranberry Bread
Add some holiday flair to your banana bread with leftover cranberry sauce. A versatile and adaptable recipe, the batter can also be used to make muffins and one recipe reviewer used leftover candied sweet potatoes instead of bananas with great results. You can also make half the recipe for just one loaf.