With their bright, tart flavor and festive hue, cranberries deserve a place on your fall table — and not just on Thanksgiving. The dried fruits tend to get all the love, featured in countless salads and sides, but fresh ones can perk up sweet and savory dishes to perfection. Here are a few of our favorites.
|Roasted Fennel and Prosciutto Crostini with Cranberry-Citrus Marmalade
Fresh cranberries and satsumas make a bright, festive garnish for this crowd-pleasing starter. They’re simple to prepare, but festive for entertaining.
|Roasted Squash with Cranberries and Thyme
Roasting cranberries helps concentrate their flavors. Here, maple syrup complements the natural sweetness of the squash and lends a rich accent to the finished dish.
|Brown Sugar-Cranberry Oat Muffins
Studded with tart cranberries and packed with wholesome oats, these delicious muffins bake up moist, with nicely rounded, golden-brown tops.
|Cranberry Compote with Riesling and Pears
This delicious twist on cranberry relish includes fresh pears, Riesling and warm spices. It is more tart than sweet, though you can use a sweeter Riesling or add more brown sugar if you like.
|Cranberry Chess Tart
With its custardy buttermilk filling, chess pie is a classic Southern dessert. This updated version is baked in a square tart pan and studded with fresh cranberries, giving it a festive twist for the winter table.
|Glazed Cranberry-Lemon Cake
Fresh cranberries and bold, bright lemon zest and juice add refreshing qualities to this butter-rich cake. As the cake bakes, the cranberries are transformed into a delicious compote-like topping.
Here, classic cranberry sauce is updated with an Italian twist, in this sweet-savory mostarda. It’s a great accompaniment to roasted meats and poultry.
|Apple and Cranberry Galette
This beautiful open-faced pastry, with scarlet cranberries nestled among golden apple slices, is a gorgeous finale for an autumn meal.