Cranberry Leftovers Recipes

If you have leftover cranberries or cranberry sauce, you're in the right place. Browse trusted recipes for cranberry breads, crisps, and more, rated and reviewed.

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Yum Yum Cranberry Parfait

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
A sweet way to use any leftover cranberries.

Banana Cranberry Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars 174
I always have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, so I created this recipe which is very moist and delicious.

Apple Crisp with Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 61
I devised this recipe when I was trying to use up that leftover homemade cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving! You could probably also use canned whole cranberry sauce for this recipe.

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.
By Amy Sherman

Festive Fall Turkey Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
I created this recipe to use leftover holiday turkey. It's a classic bound salad using mayonnaise and celery, but it also includes fresh cranberries, orange juice and cashews. Although new to our menu, it has become a holiday favorite. My family requests I make my own turkey before Thanksgiving so I can serve this salad as an appetizer at our holiday feast. I hope you will find it as enjoyable as we do. Enjoy it on rolls, in wraps, or as a spread with crackers.

Leftover Turkey Spring Rolls with Cranberry Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 40
This lends classic Asian flavors with an all-American twist. I suggest enlisting the help of a couple of people rolling the spring rolls. This takes up the majority of the prep time. I bake the rolls instead of frying them to cut down on the calories, but you can deep fry them for extra flavor. If you can't find spring roll wrappers, use the egg roll wrappers. They don't bake well, so deep-fry them instead. Use real soy sauce brewed from soybeans, and not the stuff with caramel coloring and salt.

Turkey Cranberry Wreath Bake

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
This is one of our family favorites for leftover turkey. Even my children's friends that are picky eaters love it. I've also used store-bought sliced turkey in place of leftovers, and it works great too.


Rating: 5 stars 24
Ooooooh, is this a tasty way to use-up some of the leftover turkey and dressing.

Holiday Chicken Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1766
Serve on lettuce cups, or make sandwiches. Stand back and enjoy the applause!

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars 102
Leftover cranberry sauce adds delicious flavor to these simple muffins!

Baked Turkey and Cranberry Sliders

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
These are a take on the popular baked ham and Swiss sliders with a holiday twist. They also taste great with leftover roasted turkey and French fried onions.

Cranberry and Turkey Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
Leftover turkey, cranberries, and almonds make a nice salad or sandwich.

Inspiration and Ideas

Leftover Thanksgiving Salad
Rating: Unrated 6
"A quick and easy salad made from leftover holiday turkey and ham that's easily adaptable to suit your taste." – bd.weld
Cranberry Upside-Down Sour Cream Cake
Rating: Unrated 97
"I made this cake as written and it was a hit! It definitely has a holiday flavor with the cranberries and cinnamon." – Jellolyn
Cranberry Apple Oatmeal
Rating: 4.5 stars 11

I made this one morning in an effort to use up leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving. It's filling, healthy, and delicious! If you generally make oatmeal with milk instead of water, don't! The acid in the cranberries will make the milk separate. I tried it. It will still taste okay, but it won't look very pretty.