Must-Make Cranberry Recipes

With the holidays here we expect some delicious and seasonal flavors, and nothing delivers quite like cranberry!

50 Things to Make with Cranberries

Photography by Ryan Liebe

I’m not usually into endorsing, but I have to admit that Food Network Magazine November 2014 edition is a real winner. There are plenty of meat recipes you may not get around to making, but there are also plenty of incredible edible vegetarian recipes as well!

If for nothing else, the magazine is worth the investment for their pamphlet 50 Things to Make with Cranberries. These little pamphlets are full of tiny gem recipes that are super simple to make, yet unfortunately they are rarely published on Food Network’s website. You have to keep track of these 50 themed recipe pamphlets, or else these awesome little recipes are lost forever.

It’s for that reason I’m listing my 3 favorite Things to Make with Cranberries that came from the November 2014 pamphlet, and you can go ahead and make these recipes as well! The beauty of these 3, among all others, is that they’re actually included in a handful of other recipes throughout this booklet too. So let’s get started with my very favorite cranberry recipe:

Cranberry Jelly


  • 4 cups Cranberries
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Filtered Water
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt

Let’s Get Cooking:

  1. Bring the cranberries, sugar, water, lemon juice, and pinch of salt to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the berries pop and the sauce thickens, 20-25 minutes.
  3. Cool.
  4. Puree the cranberry mixture in a blender and then strain to remove the seeds and skins.
  5. Chill.

You guys, words cannot describe how amazing this jelly is, but I’ll try. It’s tart, it’s sweet, it’s thick, and it’s satisfying. Never before have I had a jelly that has been devoured in one week, but here you have it: every little bit of this jelly recipe is gone! It’s been sweetly savored in record time!

Vegetarian Buffalo Cranberry Recipes

Next up is something so simple you can make it simultaneously with the Cranberry Jelly:

Brandied Cranberries


  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Filtered Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise Pod (optional)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean, Split
  • 2 1/2 cups Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Brandy

Let’s Get Cooking:

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil with the cinnamon stick, split vanilla bean, and star anise pod.
  2. Add the cranberries and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the cranberry mixture from heat and stir in the brandy.
  4. Cool, cover, and chill overnight.

These brandied cranberries have made myself and several others very happy at Friendsgiving, both served in cocktails and nibbled just by themselves. Since the mixture is so hot when the brandy is added, the alcohol all but completely evaporated off, but I still wouldn’t suggest handing them out to kids or anything.

Finally, I went ahead and made these simply because they intrigued me and I love just about all things pickled:

Pickled Cranberries and Cottage Cheese

Pickled Cranberries


  • 1 cup Filtered Water
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Coriander Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups Cranberries

Let’s Get Cooking:

  1. Bring the water, sugar, vinegar, salt, coriander seeds, and red pepper flakes to a boil.
  2. Pour the hot pickle mixture over the cranberries.
  3. Cool and chill for at least 4 hours.

These were pretty much just for me. My husband unfortunately picked the most sour one in the bunch to tentatively test, and that was it for him, he was done. However I find them delicious: they’re softened, the color is crazy vibrant, they’re easy to eat, they can be made with cocktails, they pair fantastically with gorgonzola or cottage cheese, and make terrific salad toppers. All in all, I’m a fan.

So these are the must make cranberry recipes Vegetarian Buffalo has to offer! Again, get the November 2014 edition of Food Network Magazine so you too can get the rest of these amazing cranberry recipes in their 50 Things to Make with Cranberries pamphlet as well as all the rest of their Thanksgiving spreads!

Tis the Cranberry Season!