Make the most of Thanksgiving's MVP condiment at breakfast, dinner, and even cocktail hour.

By Greg Lofts
November 21, 2018
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Cranberry sauce, the jewel of the Thanksgiving table, can keep sparkling after the holiday (and not just in turkey sandwiches). Try our recipe for your big-day spread, then stir it into a next-day breakfast, a brilliant cocktail, a fluffy cheesecake, and more.

1. SPOON OVER YOGURT AND OATMEAL

For a refreshing-and eye-opening-wake-up call, top warm oatmeal with a pool of creamy, cool yogurt (any plain kind works) and a few teaspoons of sauce.

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2. FLAVOR BUTTER

Blend together equal amounts of softened unsalted butter and cranberry sauce, then spread the combo on warm waffles (or pancakes, or biscuits) in lieu of maple syrup.

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3. STIR INTO A DIP

Mix together equal parts country-style Dijon mustard and cranberry sauce for prize-worthy pretzel dunking. Save any leftovers for a turkey-cheddar sandwich, or serve in place of plain mustard with a spread of charcuterie and sausages.

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4. GO WITH A GLAZE

For this American translation of duck à l'orange, simmer the sauce with shallots and sherry vinegar, and pour the mixture onto chicken legs before roasting. Serve over mashed potatoes.

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5. SWIRL INTO A CHEESECAKE

To elevate a cheesecake, use cranberry sauce to make an artful design: Dollop it over the filling a spoonful at a time, then use a toothpick to create festive strokes of flavor.

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6. MIX INTO A DRINK

Sweet-tart cranberry sauce works well with all kinds of spirits-tequila, mezcal, whiskey, you name it. Use a couple spoonfuls to transform three classic cocktails: a paloma, a Manhattan, and a kir royale.

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