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What to Do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Not Sure What to do With Leftover Cranberry Sauce? We have you covered! Here are several delicious and easy ways to use every last bit!

Cranberry sauce in a bowl with orange zest

What to Do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

The turkey’s been roasted, the potatoes mashed, and dinner’s been served! Now it’s time to start thinking about leftovers – because Thanksgiving [1] leftovers are a must! One question that comes up year after year is What to Do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving just isn’t complete without a helping of the best Homemade Cranberry Sauce [2], but you might have extra, so here are a few of the best things to do with your leftover sauce. 

These recipes are so tasty, you might just want to make extra just to try them!

Freeze Your Cranberry Sauce

Can you freeze leftover cranberry sauce? Yes, homemade cranberry sauce freezes wonderfully. Just place it in a freezer-safe container or freezer-safe plastic bag to prevent freezer burn. 

Tip: Make sure to label and date it! 

Cranberry sauce is good in the freezer for about 3 months. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight and use it within a few days. 

Cranberry Topped Yogurt

The morning after is a brilliant way to serve your leftover cranberry sauce. Top plain or vanilla yogurt with your sauce and finish with a bit of crunchy granola. 

Tip: If you want your cranberry sauce to be more smooth for this recipe, just blend it with an immersion blender. 

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Baking and leftover cranberry sauce is a match made in heaven. The topping is like a crumble in these Cranberry Oatmeal Bars [3] and is the perfect afternoon snack. Just sub your cranberry sauce for the fresh cranberries.

Delicious and easy Cranberry Oatmeal Bars. The perfect breakfast or anytime snack. Low in refined sugar. [3]

A Delicious Pancake Topper

Another morning treat is to top your pancakes or waffles with a heaping spoonful of warmed cranberry sauce. If you have some on hand, a dollop of whipped cream is also lovely!

Cranberry Crumble

The perfect way to use up cranberry sauce is to make it into dessert!

This is so easy! Place your sauce in a ramekin (small oven-safe baking dish) and top it with cut butter, flour, cinnamon, oats (if you like them), and sugar together to form a rough crumble topping. Sprinkle over cranberry sauce in ramekins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until it bubbling and the top is golden brown! 

Turkey Meatball Topper

If you haven’t tried Turkey Stuffing Meatballs [4], you’re in for a treat! Moist and delicious and your extra cranberry sauce is the best dipping sauce! These are good year-round!

This easy Turkey Stuffing Meatballs recipe is a savory mouthful of turkey, stuffing, and spices in every bite that's good year-round! [4]

Yummy Bagels and English Muffins

What better way to enjoy your leftover cranberry sauce than on top of a toasted bagel, English muffin or whole-grain toast. Simply smear it with cream cheese and top with a little sauce. 

Cheesecake Topper

One of the best ways to solve the quandy “what to do with leftover cranberry sauce is to top your cheesecake! Fruit topped cheesecake is a festive holiday treat! Take a plain cheesecake and top with your leftover sauce.

Not only is it delicious, but it’s also pretty!

What to do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce? We have you covered! Here are several delicious ways to use every last bit!

Cranberry Butter 

Make cranberry butter to slather on your favorite muffins or bread by beating together butter, a little cranberry sauce, fresh orange zest, and a touch of almond extract.

Turkey Quesadilla 

There’s nothing better than pairing gooey melted cheese and cranberry sauce. Simply top a tortilla with your cheese of choice, a bit of your leftover turkey and some cranberry sauce, and cook in a pan until slightly crispy and heated through. Oh, the mix of flavors! 

Tip: Sharper cheeses work really well in this recipe!

Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

This Crockpot Meatball Recipe [5] is a classic. Take it up a notch by substituting cranberry sauce for the grape jelly. Add 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon black pepper and let it simmer for a couple of hours until ready to serve. It makes a great appetizer or dinner. 

Crockpot meatballs in a bowl with fresh green onion slices on top.

Jazz Up Your Favorite Sauce or Dressing

Whether you have BBQ sauce or a balsamic dressing on your dinner menu, adding a little spoonful or two of this bright sauce will liven it up! 

Cranberry Topped Brie

Cranberry sauce is the perfect topper for a round of creamy Brie. Cut the top off your Brie and top with cranberry sauce and chopped walnut or pecans. Bake for 8 minutes.

Once it’s baked, the combination of tart cranberries and cheese is just divine. New Year’s Eve never looked so good! 

Spice it Up!

Add some diced jalapeño peppers to your cranberry sauce to give it a kick. Then, use it for everything from turkey sandwiches to Chipotle Chicken Tostadas [6]

Turkey Sandwich with cranberry sauce

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream and homemade cranberry sauce make an excellent pairing. Simply top your ice cream with a heaping tablespoon of sauce, and you’re in heaven!

How to Tell if Cranberry Sauce is Bad

If your cranberry sauce has been around a while (let’s say more than 10-12 days), the best way to tell if it’s gone bad is to smell it and look for signs of mold. If it smells good and there are no signs of fuzz, you’re good to go!

Recipes to Bake with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins [7]
Baked Cranberry Doughnuts with Orange Glaze [8]
Fruity Cream Cheese Coffee Cake [9]