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63 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Got leftover cranberry sauce hanging out in your fridge? Give it a second life with one of our recipe ideas.

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Cranberry Hot WingsTaste of Home

Cranberry Hot Wings

Chicken wings get special treatment from cranberry sauce, a little citrus and a touch of hot sauce in this no-fuss recipe. The wings are a tangy way to heat up a winter night. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island

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Day After Thanksgiving CookiesTaste of Home

Day After Thanksgiving Cookies

With your leftover cranberry sauce and pumpkin, bake some Thanksgiving cookies. I’ve used jellied and whole-berry cranberry sauce, and both are equally delicious. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine

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Cranberry BBQ Pulled PorkTaste of Home

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork

Cranberry sauce adds a yummy twist to pulled pork, and my family can't get enough of it! The pork cooks to tender perfection in the slow cooker, which also makes this dish conveniently portable. —Carrie Wiegand, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

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Cranberry-Banana SmoothiesTaste of Home

Cranberry-Banana Smoothies

When the big meal is over, I make a smoothie using leftover cranberry sauce. Don’t have a frozen banana? Use a regular banana and add more ice. —Gina Fensler, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Turkey-Cranberry Monte CristoTaste of Home

Turkey-Cranberry Monte Cristo

Every year, my husband and I look forward to Thanksgiving leftovers just so we can make this sandwich. Once you try it, I'm sure you will agree that this is the best turkey sandwich ever! —Cleo Gonske, Redding, California

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Glazed Cranberry Sweet Potato BreadTaste of Home

Glazed Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread

The Sweet Potato Festival Committee of Vardaman, Mississippi shared this recipe starring their crop. Slices of the moist bread topped with an orange glaze make a sweet snack to enjoy anytime.

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Cranberry-Apple Red CabbageTaste of Home

Cranberry-Apple Red Cabbage

When I was looking for something new, I started playing with flavors and came up with this very tasty dish. My German grandmother would be impressed, I think! The colorful side dish is just right with pork. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Golden Sweet Onion CornbreadTaste of Home

Golden Sweet Onion Cornbread

Bake up this hearty, savory cornbread, slather on delicious homemade cranberry butter and enjoy! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Carrot-Cranberry Spice CakeTaste of Home

Carrot-Cranberry Spice Cake

I love carrot cake and those made with cranberries. Using leftover cranberry sauce, I add carrots to make one marvelous cake that’s tangy and sweet. —Elizabeth King, Duluth, Minnesota

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Day After Thanksgiving SaladTaste of Home

Day After Thanksgiving Salad

I originally developed this recipe as a way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. But it's such a hit, I make it throughout the year.

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Cranberry, Brie & Turkey PizzaTaste of Home

Cranberry, Brie & Turkey Pizza

While traveling in New Zealand, my husband and I discovered turkey pizza. We came up with our own version for a creative way to use leftovers. —Kristin Stone, Little Elm, Texas

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Turkey-Cranberry BagelsTaste of Home

Turkey-Cranberry Bagels

Take care of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey in a way your family loves. It's good with all sorts of cranberry sauces and chutneys, so have fun playing around. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Orange-Cranberry Nut TartsTaste of Home

Orange-Cranberry Nut Tarts

My friend gave me a recipe for orange cookies. I just had to embellish it. Now my friends and family crave these tarts. —Nancy Bruce, Big Timber, Montana

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Cranberry MeatballsTaste of Home

Cranberry Meatballs

Lots of people have asked me for this recipe, but I knew I had a real winner when my grandmother asked me for it! —Tammy Neubauer, Ida Grove, Iowa

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Cranberry Bog BarsTaste of Home

Cranberry Bog Bars

Sweet and chewy, these fun bars combine the flavors of oats, cranberries, brown sugar and pecans. I like to sprinkle the squares with confectioners’ sugar before serving. —Sally Wakefield, Gans, Pennsylvania

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Cranberry Glazed HamTaste of Home

Cranberry Glazed Ham

That show-stopping entree you've been hoping for is right here, and it only takes five ingredients to make. The sweet and tangy cranberry glaze pairs beautifully with succulent ham. —Joni Peterson, Wichita, Kansas

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Cranberry Crumble Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry Crumble Coffee Cake

People are delighted to find the ruby cranberry sauce swirled inside this tempting coffee cake. With the crumble topping, moist cake and tangy filling, it won't last long! —Jeani Robinson, Weirton, West Virginia

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Cranberry Sweet-and-Sour PorkTaste of Home

Cranberry Sweet-and-Sour Pork

This fresh take on a beloved Asian-style dish is sure to cause a stir at the dinner table. —Gert Snyder, West Montrose, Ontario

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Cranberry Sauerkraut  MeatballsTaste of Home

Cranberry Sauerkraut Meatballs

I tried these meatballs at a birthday party for a friend, and now I make them all the time. They are super easy to make and perfect for a potluck or a Sunday afternoon football game. —Lisa Castelli, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Turkey Focaccia ClubTaste of Home

Turkey Focaccia Club

My family thinks this sandwich is pure heaven, thanks to the cranberry-pecan mayo. It's so good, they ask me to make it all year long. —Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

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Cranberry Pineapple SaladTaste of Home

Cranberry Pineapple Salad

Impress dinner guests with this delightfully different take on traditional cranberry sauce. The nuts add a tasty crunch. —Dorothy Angley, Carver, Massachusetts

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Moist Cranberry Pork RoastTaste of Home

Moist Cranberry Pork Roast

I love to serve this tender, flavorful pork to guests. You don’t have to toil away in the kitchen to prepare it, yet it tastes like a gourmet meal. —Kimberley Scasny, Douglasville, Georgia

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Cranberry Bundt CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry Bundt Cake

Cranberry sauce gives this moist cake its pretty swirled look. Serve slices for dessert after dinner or as coffee cake for bunch. —Lucile Cline, Wichita, Kansas

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Holiday Cranberry Gelatin SaladTaste of Home

Holiday Cranberry Gelatin Salad

This light, delicious holiday salad is very popular in my family and has been requested every year since I first brought it to Christmas Eve dinner. The refreshing, not-too-sweet flavor is a perfect pairing with just about any meat. —Jennifer Mastnick, Hartville, Ohio

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Cranberry Mocha CheesecakeTaste of Home

Cranberry Mocha Cheesecake

I've made this delicious dessert for quite a few occasions, and it is always a hit. The cranberries make it a perfect finale to a holiday dinner. —Anissa Bednarski, Oronoco, Minnesota

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Pretty Cranberry Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Pretty Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberries make this coffee cake a beautiful quick bread that's perfect for the holidays. For extra shimmer, we add a drizzle of almond-flavored glaze. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake BarsTaste of Home

Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

My family loves everything cheesecake. These bars combine tart cranberries and rich cream cheese, and taste even better when chilled overnight! —Carmell Childs, Ferron, Utah

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Cranberry Cheese Crumb PieTaste of Home

Cranberry Cheese Crumb Pie

My mind works overtime to plan treats that surprise the family. They give this cranberry pie a “wow” and invite friends over to share it. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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Cranberry Banana Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry Banana Coffee Cake

I make this moist cake for Christmas morning every year. It tastes like banana bread but has a sweet golden topping with a nutty crunch. —Gloria Friesen, Casper, Wyoming

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Pineapple-Strawberry Cranberry RelishTaste of Home

Pineapple-Strawberry Cranberry Relish

My son is a strawberry fanatic. Anything with strawberries in it is a must-have in his book. I'll always remember the look on his face the first time he tried this. It was love at first sight! —Karen Wilkes, Lakewood, California

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Turkey Dinner MuffinsTaste of Home

Turkey Dinner Muffins

"I love experimenting in the kitchen," relates Margaret Berardi of Bridgeport, Connecticut. "That's how I created these muffins that use up leftovers from a turkey dinner. Team them with a bowl of soup and some fresh fruit for a satisfying lunch," she suggests.

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Cranberry-Filled Orange Pound CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry-Filled Orange Pound Cake

I made this for a holiday dinner with my family. Everyone loved the cran-orange flavor and the sweet glaze drizzled on top. For a fun variation, add 2/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut when including the orange juice to the batter, and sprinkle the finished cake with toasted coconut. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

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Cranberry Cream Cheese French ToastTaste of Home

Cranberry Cream Cheese French Toast

My friend makes this French toast bake with blueberries, but I make mine with cranberry sauce. Either way, it’s divine. It makes a great brunch dish for Christmas morning. —Sandie Heindel, Liberty, Missouri

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Cranberry Waldorf GelatinTaste of Home

Cranberry Waldorf Gelatin

We enjoy this easy-to-make salad in the fall when apples are in season. Their crisp freshness adds so much to a favorite dish. — Debbie Short, Carlisle, Iowa

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Cranberry Eggnog SaladTaste of Home

Cranberry Eggnog Salad

For a bright salad with a vintage holiday feel, we stack a layer of raspberry gelatin and cranberry sauce over a yummy pineapple-eggnog base. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

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Fluffed Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Fluffed Fruit Salad

I like this recipe since I can prepare it in advance when entertaining. Even people who don't care for cranberries usually like this treat.—Christine Halandras, Meeker, Colorado

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Cranberry Pecan Upside-Down CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry Pecan Upside-Down Cake

At our house, cranberries are a favorite. I made this dessert for the first time in the 1990s. It started out as a pineapple upside down cake—I just changed a few things around! It keeps and travels well, so it’s perfect for taking to church dinners. And we love to share it with our son and grandchildren. —Doris Heath, Franklin, North Carolina

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Slow-Cooked Cranberry Hot WingsTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Cranberry Hot Wings

Cranberry wings remind me of all the wonderful celebrations and parties we've had through the years. My daughter’s friends can’t get enough of them. —Noreen Danek, Cromwell, Connecticut

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Festive Holiday SlidersTaste of Home

Festive Holiday Sliders

Turkey sliders with ginger, horseradish and cranberry sauce refrigerate well, so I keep them ready for get-togethers when we bake gifts and wrap presents. —Pamela Miller, Big Rapids, Michigan

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Cranberry Eggnog MuffinsTaste of Home

Cranberry Eggnog Muffins

No one in my house wants to finish the leftover eggnog or cranberry sauce, so I use those ingredients to make warm muffins that vanish. —Nancy Mock, Colchester, Vermont

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Turkey WafflewichesTaste of Home

Turkey Wafflewiches

Who knew sandwiches could be so fun? This medley from our Test Kitchen will bring smiles to the whole table with its fantastic taste and whimsical fun. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Meatballs with Cranberry Dipping SauceTaste of Home

Meatballs with Cranberry Dipping Sauce

With their cranberry dipping sauce, these no-fuss appetizer meatballs make use of traditional Thanksgiving ingredients, so they're ideal around the holiday or anytime you're craving those favorite seasonal tastes.—Ann Baker, Texarkana, Texas

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Turkey Breast with Cranberry Brown RiceTaste of Home

Turkey Breast with Cranberry Brown Rice

As a single retiree, I roast a turkey breast half instead of making a whole turkey dinner. This is a perfect meal for anyone cooking for themselves, and it also leaves enough leftovers for sandwiches and tacos. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Turkey-Stuffed Acorn SquashTaste of Home

Turkey-Stuffed Acorn Squash

We stuff acorn squash with leftovers like turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce. Make as much or as little as you need to use everything up. —Cindy Romberg, Mississauga, Ontario

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Bistro Turkey SandwichTaste of Home

Bistro Turkey Sandwich

As a turkey lover who can't get enough during fall and winter, I was inspired to come up with a restaurant-worthy sandwich. I love it with a soft, rich cheese like Brie. —Grace Voltolina, Westport, Connecticut

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Canadian Cranberry TrifleTaste of Home

Canadian Cranberry Trifle

Rich pound cake, hand-whipped custard and tart cranberries give you so much to celebrate. In the summer, I make this showstopping dessert with fresh-picked blueberries and homemade blueberry wine. —Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario

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Chicken-Cranberry Hot DishTaste of Home

Chicken-Cranberry Hot Dish

In my family, we never eat chicken without cranberry sauce! This chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender; the sauce is divine with mashed potatoes. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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Cranberry-Orange Nut Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry-Orange Nut Coffee Cake

Guests are delighted with this pastry's tangy cranberry sauce, crunchy pecans and sweet glaze. It's fantastic for brunch or simply enjoyed with a cup of coffee. —Debbie Carter, Kingsburg, California

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Frozen Pineapple-Cranberry SaladTaste of Home

Frozen Pineapple-Cranberry Salad

Everyone in our family enjoys this cranberry salad at holiday gatherings. It is so cool and refreshing—perfect with a big holiday meal! —Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio

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Cranberry Brie Pecan PinwheelsTaste of Home

Cranberry Brie Pecan Pinwheels

This recipe is a twist on baked Brie. My family always requests these during the holidays. They are delicious and make the kitchen smell amazing! —Jacquie Franklin, Hot Springs, Montana

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Turkey and Cornbread Stuffed PoblanosTaste of Home

Turkey and Cornbread Stuffed Poblanos

Give your Thanksgiving leftovers a south-of-the-border vibe with these zesty rellenos. They’re easy to make any time of year with roasted deli turkey and a box of corn stuffing. Adjust the heat by adding more or fewer peppers, or more or less adobo sauce. —Christine Friesenhahn, Boerne, Texas

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Grilled Chicken BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Chicken Burgers

These chicken burgers get a delicious hint of sweetness with tart apples mixed right into the patties. The cranberry-mayo spread takes it up a notch even further. —Debbie Gauthier, Timmins, Ontario

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Cranberry GravyTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Cranberry Gravy

I created this dish when I was craving Thanksgiving dinner, and it was still over a month away. You get all the bells and whistles of Thanksgiving dinner in no time, Add a vegetable, some mashed potatoes and you’re ready to eat. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Thanksgiving WontonsTaste of Home

Thanksgiving Wontons

We get creative with leftovers and make them into wontons. With a little turkey, cream cheese, cranberry sauce and wrappers, you’ve got appetizers. —Sarah Gilbert, Beaverton, Oregon

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Slow-Cooker Mixed Fruit & Pistachio CakeTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Mixed Fruit & Pistachio Cake

This cake is easy to make on a lazy day and a guaranteed-delicious dessert for several days, if you can make it last that long. It's wonderful for the fall and even the holidays. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Stir-FryTaste of Home

Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Stir-Fry

I work for a priest, Fr. Leo, who loves to cook and shared this recipe with me. Perfect for the day after Thanksgiving, the dish encompasses the holiday spirit, while adding a twist. —Stefen Lovelace, Marriottsville, Maryland

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After-Christmas EmpanadasTaste of Home

After-Christmas Empanadas

Turn your leftovers into tasty empanadas using refrigerated pie pastry. We make these savory pastries and freeze them for a quick fix during the holidays. —Cheryl Marinaccio, Webster, New York

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Pomegranate-Cranberry SaladTaste of Home

Pomegranate-Cranberry Salad

Juicy pomegranate seeds give cranberry gelatin a refreshing twist. For the crowning touch, top the salad with whipped topping and a sprinkling of pecans. —Lorie Mckinney, Marion, North Carolina

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Thanksgiving Lover's PizzaTaste of Home

Thanksgiving Lover's Pizza

Got Thanksgiving Day leftovers? Forget ho-hum turkey sandwiches and try this unique take on pizza instead. Get creative with different variations: use whole berry or jelly cranberry sauce; add dollops of mashed potatoes on top; drizzle with turkey gravy; sprinkle with stuffing or dressing; or try unique pizza crust varieties. —Carla Parker, Anderson, South Carolina

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Cranberry-Walnut OatmealTaste of Home

Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal

My family loves cranberries but we can get them fresh only during the holiday season. This recipe lets us enjoy the tartness of cranberry with the comfort of oatmeal all-year long. —Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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Spinach & Turkey TurnoversTaste of Home

Spinach & Turkey Turnovers

Never toss anything from a fancy meal when you can make turnovers using the turkey, gravy and cranberries. We serve them as a quick meal or appetizer. —Anjli Sabharwal, Marlboro, New Jersey

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Camembert & Cranberry PizzaTaste of Home

Camembert & Cranberry Pizza

Appetizer pizza takes several steps up in elegance with creamy Camembert cheese. The bright red color and tangy flavor of the cranberries make this a welcome addition to any holiday party. —Sue Sans, Buckeye, Arizona

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Layered Cranberry Gelatin SaladTaste of Home

Layered Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Light and tangy, this gelatin is guaranteed to please. Kids go crazy for the marshmallow-cream cheese layer on top. —Irma Senner, Dixmont, Maine

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