Yet ANOTHER Thanksgiving Dilemma for Celiacs: Cranberry Sauce

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:

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

It has its devotees, I suppose....
It has its devotees, I suppose....

5 thoughts on “Yet ANOTHER Thanksgiving Dilemma for Celiacs: Cranberry Sauce”

  1. Ewwww – canned cranberry – NOT a favorite here. I always make them the way my grandmother did. Fresh cranberries boiled in water and sugar with cherry jello added after the sugar is melted and the berries have popped. I also put nuts in mine. YUM. Can’t wait to have some.

  2. That can of cranberries looks SO unappetizing. We’ve always done ours the Ocean Spray way. Had a number of people around out table over the years who thought they didn’t like cranberries ’til they tried fresh cranberry sauce.

  3. 2 bosc pears, one orange (1/2 c. juice and 1/2 T peel) and 12 oz cranberries cooked with 3/4 c. sugar, 1/2 c. honey, 1 star anise and a cinnamon stick. This will wake up your taste buds!

  4. A 12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Cook covered at 350 degree for 55 minutes. Give it a stir and cook 5 minutes more. After taking it out immediately add 1/4 cup of apple juice. Cool to room temp and then place in fridge Perfect blend of tart, sweet, and spice!

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