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

by Kathy Strahs on November 19, 2012 · 9 comments

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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.

See the Recipe Index for all the recipes on Cooking On the Side.

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Jeanette November 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

What an incredible collection of sides for Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving Kathy!
Jeanette´s last blog post ..40 Healthy Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 20, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Beautiful cranberry sauce and a wonderful list of recipes that are making me hungry already!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..Chocolate Date Caramel Walnut Tart (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan)


Carolyn November 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Oooo, yummy! Lots of great recipes here.
Carolyn´s last blog post ..Cheesy Skillet Bread – Low Carb and Gluten-Free


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

There is nothing like homemade cranberry sauce and this looks like a beautiful one!
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies´s last blog post ..40 Vegetarian Main Dishes for Thanksgiving


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

What a gorgeous group of dishes!!
Sommer@ASpicyPerspective´s last blog post ..Big Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up


Brian @ A Thought For Food November 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

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


Alison @ Ingredients, inc. November 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Sounds good to me!
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The Duo Dishes November 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

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.
The Duo Dishes´s last blog post ..Straight From The Alexia Foods Farm


what katie's baking November 21, 2012 at 6:59 PM

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


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