If you’re looking for a new cranberry side dish then you’re going to love this recipe!

I have to be honest. Cranberries were never really a thing in my family on Thanksgiving, so as I grew older and hosted my own feasts, it wasn’t part of my menu either.

But then I married my hubby and was introduced to new traditions around the holidays. And one of them was this cranberry side dish.

The Perfect Side Dish

This cranberry side dish is a combination of cranberries and apples and topped with the most delicious topping. I’ve come to absolutely love this recipe and actually make it outside of the holidays. It’s a terrific complement to a roasted chicken or baked pork chops.

You can see how easy this cranberry recipe is to make in my YouTube video below. I have a lot of good holiday recipes on my YouTube channel, so be sure to check them out while you’re there!

So if you’re wanting to add cranberries as a side dish to your Thanksgiving meal, I think you’ll be really pleased with the ease of this recipe and the end result.

And if you have any leftovers? It’s good cold and you might even want to try it warmed up with a little vanilla ice cream. So I’ve heard (wink wink).

Easy Cranberry Bake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole fresh cranberries
  • 3 cups fresh baking apples, peeled and diced (I like granny smith, jonagolds or braeburns)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar *see note below
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Mix the cranberries, apples, and white sugar together a casserole dish. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and add the brown sugar, oats, and walnuts. Mix until combined and then pour the mixture on top of the cranberries and apples. Distribute evenly.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour, or until bubbly and golden brown

*I’ve seen a few comment from people that 1 1/2 cups of sugar was too much for them and therefore didn’t try the recipe. I went back to the kitchen and tried making this with just 1 cup of sugar and it turned out just great! My only recommendation would be that if you cut the sugar to 1 cup, you use a slightly sweeter apple, like the Jonagold or Braeburn. I also recently tried a new apple called the Cosmic Crisp, and they were wonderful in this recipe.

A Little Adaption To The Recipe

I really do read all of your comments about my recipes and that’s why I went back to the kitchen and tried to cut back the sugar in this cranberry side dish recipe.

I found that cutting back to 1 cup didn’t affect the flavor, consistency or end result in any way. And as I wrote in the recipe above, if you do cut back the sugar, I would use a sweeter apple, not a Granny Smith. That would be a lot of tart with the cranberries and I’m not sure if it would be too much with the sugar reduction. Could be fine, just sharing my initial thoughts.

When I tried this recipe with less sugar, I tried a new apple called the Cosmic Crunch, and it was delicious. You should start seeing this new apple variety in your stores any day now!

Other Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite meal of the year. Like many of you, I suspect, it will be a smaller gathering this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to fix my favorites!

This cranberry apple bake will of course be on our menu. I’m also making a couple of desserts, including my husband’s favorite, pecan pie.

Get the recipe for pecan pie HERE

And since Kylie is home from college, I’ll be making her favorite, Cream Cheese Cherry Delite.

Get my easy no bake cherry cheesecake recipe HERE

And for Trevor? He’s a teenaged boy. He’ll eat anything and everything. 🙂

From My Heart

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful for all of you and for your support of Just Jill. Thank you for taking the time to read the blogs and for your comments and suggestions. You are a wonderful community of friends and I am thankful for you every day.

From my home to yours,

Jill