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6 Fresh Cranberry Recipes for Sweet and Savoury Cooking

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6 Fresh Cranberry Recipes for Sweet and Savoury Cooking
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Cranberry, the deep red winter fruit, is synonymous with thanksgiving and Christmas time, but their tart sourness is capable of a lot more which we don’t give them credit for.

Cranberries add a fantastic splash of colour to any winter table, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the sour berry is a perfect ingredient to many sweet and savoury dishes in an number of fresh cranberry recipes.

When buying fresh cranberries choose firm, bright coloured ones. Not only do they have a fantastic colour they have great nutritional qualities being packed with antioxidants and nutrients (like vitamin C and fibre) and are loved in cooking for their tart sourness.

Whether you decide to simply run up a classic cranberry sauce, bake them into a cake or crumble, put them into a cocktail or top off a turkey burger, there isn’t much you can’t do with cranberries when it comes to thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are six ways to give cranberries their due this Thanksgiving and beyond in this selection of fresh cranberry recipes.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries add a fantastic splash of colour to any Thanksgiving table and cranberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a Thanksgiving roast turkey. This classic recipe is from the American blogger Kelly Yandell for a spicy cranberry jelly. All it takes are fresh cranberries, sugar and water for you to whip up your own home made sauce and give your dinner that home made touch.


Aimée White, of Food, Je T'Aimée, perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving gave FDL this simple moist cake recipe studded with fresh cranberries which give bursts of flavour as well as colour.


A very simple classic dessert which is always a crowd pleaser. You can make up one large batch to share in the centre of the table or in separate rammkins to add a touch of dinner party class.

Turkey Burger with Cranberry Sauce

Make your own festive burger with a turkey patty topped off with fresh cranberry sauce.


Looking for the perfect christmas canape? Here it is. Succulent slices of cooked port are topped off with the sweet and sour cranberrry sauce and creamy gorgonzola.

Cranberry Cocktail

Roxanne Webber from Chow shows you how to use leftover cranberry sauce ito make a simple and tasty cranberry cocktail using bourbon, amaretto and leftover cranberry sauce.

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