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Every Thanksgiving feast needs a little cranberry action. This year, forget about the canned stuff and let one of these sassy-pants cranberry recipes light up your table instead.


Cranberries are an old-school holiday staple -- kinda expected on the T-Giving table to add that bit of sassy tartness.

But if your fam says "Thanks...but no thanks" to the jellied fruit from a can, make something special and unexpected instead -- like one of these delish cranberry dishes that'll rock your Thanksgiving menu!

1. Cranberry Ribbon Cheesecake (featured)


Cranberry Ribbon Cheesecake Recipe

We hate to admit it, but sometimes cheesecake is just a bit too blah all by itself. With this recipe, sweet cheesecake is balanced with tart cranberry sauce -- all set on a bed of crunchy chocolate crust.

2. Easy Cranberry Salad


Easy Cranberry Salad Recipe

You're gonna need something light and fresh to balance out all that gravy and buttered bread, so try making this salad of mixed greens, pistachios and dried cranberries, topped off with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

3. Easy Cranberry Bread


Easy Cranberry Bread Recipe

This super simple, super delish cranberry bread spiked with orange zest and nuts is dressed in its holiday best for the perfect side to your feast.

4. Cranberry and Pecan Brie En Croute


Cranberry and Pecan Brie Recipe

Serve this pastry-covered cheese as an appetizer along with some fresh fruit and crackers for the perfect holiday party app.

5. Cranberry and Orange Pecan Rollups


Cranberry and Orange Pecan Rollups Recipe

When your guests see these rolls piled on the dinner table, they may mistake them for plain crescents until they bite into them to find a creamy filling studded with cranberries, pecans and spices.

6. Cranberry Brie Bites


Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe

What a great app to give your guests a taste of delicious things to come. Plus, they're super easy to make and require just three ingredients.

7. Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels


Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels Recipe

These snacks are as simple as rolling some crescent dough with a layer of cranberry chutney, turkey breast and cheese, slicing and baking. Plus, they're a filling app for those guests who just can't wait 'til the big feast.

8. Cognac Cranberry Sauce


Cognac Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Fresh, spicy and spiked describe this sauce to a T, as it combines the fruity tart taste of cranberries with the woody, warm flavor of cognac and an array of spices, including allspice, clove and nutmeg.

9. Quick Cranberry-Orange Bars


Quick Cranberry-Orange Bars Recipe

If you're short on both time and ingredients, this dessert is for you. The crust is cranberry bread mix, and the filling is a simple cranberry sauce. Easy and elegant.

10. Cranberry-Orange Upside-Down Cake


Cranberry-Orange Upside Down Cake

We all love pineapple upside-down cake, but here's a flavor twist that fits the holiday like a glove.

Recipes


Here's our featured recipe below. For all the others, click on the title or photo to go to the recipe page.

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