Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce…plus more Thanksgiving (On-The-)Sides

I tend to be a purist when it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes – I need to have all the standards like stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole and nothing too newfangled or off-the-wall. That said, I do enjoy a flavor tweak or two every year, such as with the Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce we’re having this year.

Make no mistake, this is still whole berry cranberry sauce as we know it, but simmering the tart berries with sweet citrus and spicy ginger really complements and enhances the flavor (much like coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate). I’ll go so far as to say I now prefer this version over the classic and that’s saying a lot! Read on to the end of the post for the recipe.

As I mentioned last week, I’ll be sharing different ways to incorporate ginger into your holiday cooking and baking, as one of seven bloggers participating in McCormick’s “Seasonal Seven Flavors” celebration this season. The seven flavors – cinnamon, nutmeg, poultry seasoning, ginger, sage, vanilla, and peppermint – feature prominently in practically every holiday recipe I’ve shared on this blog. As you prepare your Thanksgiving menus, here are some of the best “on-the-side” side dishes and (and desserts!) I’ve found over the years.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes and more...get the recipes at #thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Sides and more...get the recipes at #thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Desserts and more...get the recipes at #thanksgiving #dessert

Whether you’re doing the cooking or the eating this year, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce...get the recipe at

Thanks to my friend Dara at Cookin’ Canuck for the (rather apparent) visual inspiration for my cranberry sauce photos. I must have had her gorgeous Apple & Cranberry Sauce photos subconsciously imprinted on my brain as I was shooting this dish because I wound up choosing pretty much the exact same styling! Unreal...

This post was sponsored by McCormick as part of their Seasonal Seven Flavors program. My opinions are – as always – my own.

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  1. Jeanette wrote:

    What an incredible collection of sides for Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving Kathy!

    Posted 11.19.12 Reply
  2. Beautiful cranberry sauce and a wonderful list of recipes that are making me hungry already!

    Posted 11.20.12 Reply
  3. Carolyn wrote:

    Oooo, yummy! Lots of great recipes here.

    Posted 11.20.12 Reply
  4. There is nothing like homemade cranberry sauce and this looks like a beautiful one!

    Posted 11.20.12 Reply
  5. What a gorgeous group of dishes!!

    Posted 11.20.12 Reply
  6. I’m of the opinion that you can never have too much ginger… so I’m totally into this sauce. Looks great!

    Posted 11.20.12 Reply
  7. Sounds good to me!

    Posted 11.20.12 Reply
  8. The ginger is the best part of fresh cranberry sauce. We love to pop in fresh minced ginger for that spicy bite. Great way to balance out the sweet and tart.

    Posted 11.20.12 Reply
  9. what a great round-up! also, i love homemade versions of store bought stuff. this looks delicious.

    Posted 11.21.12 Reply