Cranberry Sauce Recipes That Are Essential For Thanksgiving

Because nothing beats homemade.
11/17/2015 07:01am ET | Updated October 12, 2017

Cranberry sauce is definitely not the star at the Thanksgiving table, but it is an essential side. It provides a taste of sweetness on a plate overflowing with savory flavors. Its complementary taste is essential to making everything else at the feast shine. We know some folks think opening up a can on the big day is just as good as making homemade sauce, but we have to disagree. And we have recipes to support our stance.

Not only does making your own cranberry sauce mean you can get creative with flavors -- think cabernet blueberry and chipotle white ale -- but it's also a way to honor one of the few fruits that are native to North America. Also, everything just tastes better when it's homemade.

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Cranberry Sauce
Simply Recipes
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Chipotle White Ale Cranberry Sauce
The Beeroness
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Cabernet Cranberry And Blueberry Sauce
Averie Cooks
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Dried Cherry & Orange Cranberry Sauce
Cookin' Canuck
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Canal House's Cranberry-Port Gelée
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Cranberry Pear Salsa
How Sweet It Is
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Red Wine Cranberry Sauce
Alexandra Cooks
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Apple Cranberry Chutney
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Cranberry Chutney
Alaska From Scratch
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Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce
Two Peas & Their Pod
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Orange Blossom Ale Cranberry Sauce
The Beeroness
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Raspberry Cranberry Sauce
A Spicy Perspective
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Roasted Cranberry Sauce
Macheesmo
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Bourbon Vanilla Cranberry Sauce
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