One of the best things about cooking a tranditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is the leftovers. It's easy to know what to do with the big stuff like leftover turkey, but it can be harder to use up the bits of special ingredients that we may not always eat. Here are 10 great ways to use up your leftover cranberry sauce:
1. Bake cranberry thumbprint cookies
2. Make baked brie with cranberry sauce: Preheat oven to 350. Top a small round of brie round with approximately 1/2 cup cranberry sauce and chopped nuts. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, or a small baking dish. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, until brie begins to soften. Serve warm with crackers or baguette slices. This makes a great appetizer.
3. Turn it into cranberry syrup. Add a splash of orange juice to thin it out, and then heat the mixture over low heat in saucepan, stirring frequently. Serve drizzled over with french toast or pancakes.
4. Make cranberry muffins. Swirl a few tablespoons of cranberry sauce into the batter of your favourite apple or pumpkin muffin recipe (you may want to reduce the sugar in your recipe a bit) or make "jam in the centre" muffins by filling muffin cups half full with regular batter, adding a teaspoon or two of cranberry sauce, and then pouring remaining muffin batter on top.
5. Stir left over cranberry sauce into softened cream cheese. This cranberry cream cheese spread is a delicious topping for toasted bagels at breakfast, or a yummy filling for tortilla roll-ups.
6. Turn an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich into something fancy, and make a cranberry grilled cheese sandwich. Spread cranberry sauce onto one side of a slice of bread. Top with sliced, good quality cheddar, fontina, gouda, or other cheese of your choice. Top with another slice of bread, butter the outsides of the sandwich, and heat in a fry pan over medium heat until both sides of the sandwich are golden brown.
7. Cranberry apple oatmeal: Top a bowl of cooked plain oatmeal with a spoonful or two of cranberry sauce, and some finely diced apple. If desired, add a sprinkling of cinnamon, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of maple syrup too.
8. Peanut butter and cranberry sandwiches: Make peanut butter (or almond butter, sunbutteretc.)and cranberry sandwiches. This is a great twist on the typical peanut butter and jelly. Think of it like a peanut butter sandwich on raisin bread, only better.
9. Stir cranberry sauce into plain yogurt. If you'd like, add granola and make it a cranberry yogurt parfait. If you like things a bit sweeter, feel free to use vanilla yogurt as your base, or add a touch of honey or maple syrup.
10. Cranberry glazed chicken: Mix leftover cranberry sauce with a few tablespoons of maple syrup, and use as a glaze for baked chicken breasts or other meats. Baked tofu is great topped with a maple cranberry glaze too.
Happy Thanksgiving! What is your favourite leftover from the big meal?