4 ways to use leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is known for the traditionally large, hearty dinner—and with it, the piles of leftovers that get shoved into the fridge the day after. Cranberry sauce, a Thanksgiving staple, is no exception. Finding yourself with more cranberry sauce than you know what to do with the day after Thanksgiving? We've got you covered with four leftover cranberry sauce recipes that you'll *actually* want to follow.

Ultimate leftover sandwich


Post-Thanksgiving school lunch sandwiches with leftover turkey are a classic. But have you tried using cranberry sauce as a sandwich spread? The tart sweetness of cranberry sauce will *perfectly* balance out a savory sandwich. Try it out with your sandwich of choice—or, if you're looking to do zero extra cooking (we feel you), pack together *all* of your Thanksgiving leftovers (that includes mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, etc.) to create the ultimate leftover sandwich.

Check out the recipe here.

Banana cranberry bread


Can't get enough of autumn sweets? Us, too. Kill two birds with one stone—branch out from the standard pumpkin pie and use up your leftover cranberry sauce—by baking some deliciously moist cranberry banana bread. Your mouth will def water at the smell of delicious banana bread laced with tart cranberry sauce.

Check out the recipe here.

Cranberry smoothie

Ahead of Thyme

Health benefits, easy breakfast, refreshing flavors. Need we say more? This creative way to use leftover cranberry sauce is perf because of how easily customizable it is. Want something sweeter? Add bananas and/or honey. Can't have dairy? Swap it out for coconut milk (or your milk of choice. Have extra frozen berries in your fridge? Throw those in too! In just a few minutes, you can whip up a delicious drink for yourself.

Check out the recipe here.

Salad vinaigrette


Salad enthusiasts, we have the best leftover cranberry sauce idea for you. With your cranberry sauce (and some extra ingredients like olive oil, dijon and orange juice), you can make a *super* fragrant and flavorful salad vinaigrette to pour over your fave greens. Bonus points if you throw some of your other Thanksgiving leftovers into your salad—stuffing, roasted vegetables, ham...the possibilities are endless.

Check out these posts for more Thanksgiving-related content:
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🍁 Every way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend

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by Jinny Kim | 11/25/2022