The humble cranberry might be one of the most underrated of all the fall foods. While most of the attention goes to apples, pumpkins, and acorn squash, the cranberry is often ignored -- except, of course, at Thanksgiving when people make the obligatory cranberry sauce side-dish to go with the meal. But there's no reason to overlook the cranberry, especially since it's so bright, tasty, and versatile. Here are the best cranberry recipes you definitely can't skip over this fall.
Now, I know you're no stranger to using blueberries in coffee cake -- say, in a blueberry streusel cake or crumb cake. But summer's over -- and with it, the blueberry season -- so why not substitute cranberries? This recipe for Cranberry Vanilla Coffee Cake is just begging to find its way into your oven.
Cranberries + pasta sounds weird, right? But wait, hear me out: This recipe for Cranberry Fettuccine Tomato Cream Sauce With Shrimps and Scallops is a must-try. The pasta noodles are actually cooked in cranberry juice to make them tangy and delicious.
Topping salad with dried cranberries is a great way to add flavor -- not to mention fiber. One of my favorite salad combinations is arugula with grilled chicken, bacon, blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and dried cranberries all tossed in Dijon-balsamic vinaigrette.
Have you ever added dried cranberries to oatmeal cookies? This recipe for White Chocolate, Cranberry, and Macadamia Nut Cookies takes this idea one tasty step further.
Finally, we already know cranberry pairs perfectly with turkey. Here's something you may not know: It actually is excellent with shellfish and pork. Want to give it a try? Check out these recipes for Pan-Fried Pork Chops With Cranberry Relish and Cranberry Crab Rangoon.
Do you have a favorite cranberry recipe?
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