Cranberries and the holidays – they go hand-in-hand, don’t they? In fact, because cranberries were enjoyed by American Indians, cranberries sweetened with honey or maple syrup may have been served at the first Thanksgiving! So don’t leave this fruit off your Thanksgiving menu!
Raw cranberries are a “superfruit” because they are full of so many health benefits. From preventing urinary tract infections and kidney stones to reducing dental plaque and lowering your risk of heart disease, serving cranberries to your holiday guests shows you care about their health and their appetite.
When shopping for cranberries, select ones that are plump and have a deep red color. You can store fresh cranberries in a refrigerator for up to three weeks; don’t wash cranberries until you’re ready to cook with them. They are ideal for freezing and will keep for up to nine months. Freezing cranberries comes in handy because they typically are available only during the holiday season – from mid-October through December.
Are you looking for new ways to serve this traditional ingredient at your holiday gatherings? Try these seven cranberry recipes for the holidays.
If you want your kids to eat healthier on Thanksgiving, try these Cranberry Clementine Brussels Sprouts from Peas and Crayons. Fruits and veggies together? Yum!
Welcome your Thanksgiving guests with a cocktail! The Perfect Thanksgiving Drink from I Should Be Mopping the Floor features fresh cranberries. Choose the alcoholic or non-alcoholic version to kick off your celebration!
Pumpkin, chocolate, and cranberries together in a cookie? Yes, please! These Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction taste like the holidays. Bonus – there’s no butter or oil!
Since cranberries work so well in baked goods, I had to include one more! The tang of the orange combined with the tart cranberries make this Orange Cranberry Bread from Two Peas and Their Pod taste more like a cake! What a festive addition to any holiday gathering!
I’ve seen lots of meatball appetizer recipes. But the Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs from Carlsbad Cravings blow them all away. Flavorful meatballs covered by a tangy sauce warmed in the slow cooker – I’m all in!
Bring a healthy alternative to your Thanksgiving table with this Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad from Little Broken. The butternut squash, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds make this side dish taste like autumn in a bowl!
Don’t forget about breakfast! This Cranberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake from Alexandra Cooks is a great way to serve cranberries to your overnight guests during the holidays.