Fall Flavors | Cranberry | 8 Creative Recipes to Try Using Cranberries

We’re in full Fall  mode here at The Olive Shoe! Last week I started a series highlighting fall flavors OTHER than pumpkin. (No offense pumpkins, I do love you so, but you guys get a lot of special treatment this time of year. I’m just giving some other fall flavors a little extra free advertising). The first flavor I featured was cinnamon, and the post included recipes for Homemade Apple Pie Spice, Bloomin’ Baked Apples, Sweet Potato Casserole, Baked Pears with Honey, Cranberries & Pecans, Banana & Cinnamon Ice Cream, Pumpkin Pie Almonds, and Skinny Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino. If you missed the post, you can read more HERE.

This week I’m highlighting cranberries, and besides being a staple at Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, are healthy for many reasons according to Medical News Today:

As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content and are often referred to as a “super food.” Not to mention, half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories!

Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin E and can help fight cardiovascular disease, cancer, UTIs and assist with dental health.

{ Image from The Vedix }

After doing some research, I found out that cranberries are actually VERY American, being one of North America’s three native fruits that are commercially grown (Cranberries.org). The other two native fruits are blueberries and concord grapes. It makes sense that they are used at Thanksgiving! According to the Cape Cod Cranberry Grower’s Association:

Cranberries were first used by Native Americans, who discovered the wild berry’s versatility as a food, fabric dye and healing agent. Today, cranberries are commercially grown throughout the northern part of the United States and are available in both fresh and processed forms.

The name “cranberry” derives from the Pilgrim name for the fruit, “craneberry”, so called because the small, pink blossoms that appear in the spring resemble the head and bill of a Sandhill crane. European settlers adopted the Native American uses for the fruit and found the berry a valuable bartering tool.

American whalers and mariners carried cranberries on their voyages to prevent scurvy. In 1816, Captain Henry Hall became the first to successfully cultivate cranberries. By 1871, the first association of cranberry growers in the United States had formed, and now, U.S. farmers harvest approximately 40,000 acres of cranberries each year.

So there’s your cranberry history lesson…I know you really opened this post for the recipes, so thanks for getting through my boring cranberry “lecture”. On that note, here are some creative ways to use cranberries this fall! {Click Images for Recipes & Source Pages}

{ Pie Crust with Toasted Pecans and Cranberries from Home Is Where The Boat Is }

There’s really nothing like homemade pie crust either…oh em gee… I made a homemade chicken pot pie on Monday night, and the pie crust just makes it scrumptious. Mmmm Mmm! Here’s my chicken pot pie:

But back to cranberries…

A staple fall & winter beverage is Wassail, a spiced cider-ish hot holiday beverage that is great on a cold evening or rainy afternoon! It’s especially popular around Christmas, and the drink itself dates back to the middle ages. Here’s a recipe using dōTERRA essential oils:

I can’t wait to try this recipe with my oils, but I’ll probably add some nutmeg as well!

For you gluten free folks, I found this recipe for Quinoa Stuffing:

{ Quinoa Stuffing from Marla Meridith }

These sugared cranberries look GORGEOUS in a clear candy dish around the holidays. One of my Mom’s best friends made them last year, and Mom sent some home with me. They are DELICIOUS and so pretty! They should be a holiday staple if you ask me!

{ Sugared Cranberries from Bakers Royale }

Here’s a twist on your traditional cranberry sauce:

{ Cranberry Apple Chutney from Nutmeg Nanny }

I’m quite partial to my Granny’s Cranberry Salad, which is ALWAYS present at Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. It’s a delicious tart and sweet blend of cranberries, apples, nuts, pineapple and mandarin oranges.  I need to get permission before I share her recipe with the world…but I’ll ask…it’s yummy and beautiful in a glass bowl!

For you health nuts out there (pun intended :-P), here’s a healthy cranberry-almond protein bar recipe:

{ Cranberry Almond Protein Bars from Doterra International }

Cranberries are so versatile, they can be used as part of any meal – including this delicious side dish:

{ Pan-Seared Brussells Sprouts With Cranberries & Pecans from Rachel Schultz }

Last but not least, for a festive twist on a traditionally summer only drink, try making these for your holiday soirees!

{ Cranberry Margaritas from Eat Live Run }

Yum! Is it dinner time yet? Happy Wednesday! Next week: CLOVE!


For more fall ideas and inspiration from The Olive Shoe, check out these posts:

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