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.
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:
- The classic from Ocean Spray, naturally gluten-free
- See who can recognize the secret ingredient in Dave Lieberman’s Fennel Orange Cranberry Sauce
- Emiril Lagasse’s recipe has some ruby port wine, for extra depth
- Of course, no recipe collection would be complete without something from Martha Stewart
What’s your favorite cranberry sauce? Can or no can?