6 Ingenious Ideas for Using Up Leftover Cranberry Sauce
Make the most of Thanksgiving's MVP condiment at breakfast, dinner, and even cocktail hour.
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.
2. FLAVOR BUTTER
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.
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.
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.
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.