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For many of us cranberry sauce only graces our dinner tables a few times a year. And once that jar or can is opened we often need to find ways to use leftover cranberry sauce.
Thankfully, there are so very many tasty and simple options for every single meal of the day.
Preserve for Later
Tried of cranberry sauce and simply don’t want to bake or use it in a different way at the moment? Preserve it for later with these simple methods:
Put the leftovers into a jar or other container and freeze. Thaw and use in recipes later.
Dehydrate cranberry sauce into a tasty, homemade fruit leather.
Use it as Topping
Even if we don’t have want or need to cook up something special, cranberry sauce has a multitude of very simple uses.
Spread it on top of pancakes or waffles.
Using it as a spread for leftover turkey sandwiches is, of course, a classic for a reason.
Pour it on top of ice cream or pound cake.
Mix some into yogurt with granola for a tasty snack.
Cranberry sauce adds a lot of flavor to muffins and scones but also pairs deliciously with savory breakfast sandwiches and more.
Combine your Thanksgiving leftovers into one tasty breakfast sandwich that is sure to fuel a long day.
These muffins are keto friendly and gluten free so no one has to skip the leftover cranberry goodness.
If you're not worried about keto, try these more traditional muffins.
Use this sweet treat as an ideal brunch dish perfect for holidays and lazy weekends.
These scones use hearty whole wheat for a filling breakfast pastry to keep you full on busy mornings.
Light and airy full of cranberry tartness these rolls are sure to impress guest.
While spreading leftover cranberry sauce on leftover cold turkey sandwiches is perfectly acceptable (and yummy) try these ideas for something different and perhaps even tastier.
Combine the tart cranberry sauce with creamy cheese for a delightful twist on the regular old grilled cheese.
This panini combines sauteed onions with cranberry sauce, turkey and cheese for a hot, crunchy lunch.
Why not use that cranberry sauce on a vegan sandwich too?
Cranberry and brie is a classic combination, use it on bacon sandwiches for an elevated twist.
Use that leftover cranberry sauce in savory main courses and side dishes alike.
This is a nice switch from the usual leftover turkey and cranberry dish and is a great frugal, filling meal.
Take a break from the turkey and use the cranberry with some pulled pork sandwiches.
Made in the crockpot for ease these meatballs would be amazing for dinner any night but also great for party appetizers.
The sweet and tart combination of cranberry sauce lends itself well to all manner of desserts.
Chocolate cranberry sauce cookies are a delicious way to use leftover cranberry sauce in a handheld package perfect for packing in lunches and care packages.
Cranberry sauce and chocolate chips sandwiched between a flaky, biscuit like dough makes for a fluffy and delicious dessert perfect to have with coffee or tea.
Apples and cranberries are always a delightful combination and cobblers are quick and tasty.
Keep the dessert full of cranberry goodness and in line with your paleo eating habits with these bars.
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Kathie is a writer, gardener, and teacher living with her soulmate, Jeff, in northwestern Montana. As a fiercely D.I.Y. individual, she is dedicated to living a life made of her own hands as much as possible.