Cranberries are a great ingredient to use for all sorts of holiday dishes – and a locally farmed staple. From sauces to sides to entrees to desserts, cranberries add a tart flavor that contrasts perfectly with both sweet and savory flavors. If you're tired of serving the usual cranberry sauce or relish alongside a traditional ham or turkey, mix up your holiday festivities this year with one or more of the following cranberry recipes.
Cranberry jalapeno cream cheese dip is a simple enough concept. You combine cranberries, sugar, jalapenos, green onions, and a few other spices and flavorings and then use it to smother your cream cheese base. Cream cheese is silky and cool, which is an ideal complement for the subtle spice of the dip. It also offsets the sugar and spice pairing in the relish. Cranberry jalapeno dip is delicious with crispy crackers. Get the recipe at Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
While cranberries in stuffing may not appeal to everyone, it makes for a great way to switch up a classic holiday recipe. Fresh pears and dried cranberries enhance the richness of the sausage, bringing its savory flavor up a notch without making the dish too rich. The cranberries also add a nice pop of color. The best part about this stuffing recipe is that the slow cooker does most of the work, which means you have more time to prepare the rest of the food. Grab Lindsay Ostrom's slow cooker pear and sausage stuffing recipe at Jones Dairy Farm.
Of course it wouldn't be a holiday celebration without a spread of desserts. Pistachio cranberry cookies feel extremely indulgent, but this recipe is actually quite healthy. The cookies are chewy and nutty with just the right amount of sweetness and spice. As you'll be making them for the holidays, you can definitely get away with eating one (or two) for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack on the day of your big get together. Pick up the pistachio cranberry cookie recipe at Love and Lemons.
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