Cranberry sauce is my favorite Thanksgiving food.

It used to be sweet potato pie (with marshmallows on top, natch). Not sure when exactly I traded the one for the other, but these days the thing I look forward to most is a bowl of my mom’s secret-recipe cranberry sauce.

It’s a study in contradictions: sweet but tart but nutty, crisp but reassuringly still sauce-like. Some people like to have pumpkin pie for their morning-after Thanksgiving breakfast, but I prefer a big scoop of cranberry sauce with yogurt.

YUM!

YUM!

I bet if I asked her to, mom would make the stuff more than once a year – but it just doesn’t seem right any other time. Some things are meant to be annual traditions, I suppose.

The good news about cranberry sauce is that it’s almost always naturally gluten-free. If you prefer yours from a can, our grocery guide has plenty of safe options. If, like me, you prefer a more artisanal approach – or if you’re looking to shake things up this year – there are plenty of great recipes to choose from.

Whatever your favorite Thanksgiving food is, here are a few gluten-free cranberry sauce recipes to make you forget all about it:

What’s your favorite cranberry sauce? Can or no can?

It has its devotees, I suppose....

It has its devotees, I suppose....