Though Thanksgiving centers around the turkey, the sides are just as important. For example, just think — what would turkey be like without stuffing? We’ve shared all of our stuffing recipes for Thanksgiving to help inspire your holiday menu planning, but what we haven’t done is give you our best cranberry sauce and cranberry relish recipes for Thanksgiving. If stuffing is the soul of turkey, cranberry sauce, or cranberry relish, depending on what you prefer, is the beautiful accessory. The pop of red among the browns and oranges is what makes a Thanksgiving meal dressed to impressed. Our favorite cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving after the jump.
Recipe writer (and Family Kitchen blogger), Shaina wrote:
“Forget cranberry sauce from a jar — this cranberry salsa features crunchy apples and juicy pomegranates with a zing of orange. No one will suspect this fresh-tasting side dish was made ahead of time.”
Recipe writer (and Family Kitchen blogger), Kelsey wrote of the dish: “Cranberry sauce should be tangy, fruity and just a little spicy. I happen to also like it crunchy which is why I’ve added walnuts to this classic recipe.”
Jaime, Family Kitchen blogger and recipe creator, writes of Alton Brown’s recipe: “This mango chutney you see in the picture is what I made before I had the brilliant idea to put cranberries in it instead of raisins.”
Jaime is the creator of these awesome cranberry creations: “These all-natural, all-flavorful, jiggly cranberry turkeys are like Jell-O, but better — your kids will eat it with dinner.”
And as a bonus, Pear Cranberry Crisp
For more Thanksgiving side dish recipes check out “10 Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes for Kids” on and Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes.
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