Crazy about Cranberries

Several years ago, I prepared a sweet potato casserole with cranberries on top for a Thanksgiving meal.  It was a hit!  But I've both lost the recipe AND  recently discovered the joys of crockpot cooking.   So...this is the recipe I found on google I plan to modifiy it using brown sugar instead of white.  I will cut the washed sweet potatoes into 1" pieces and will NOT peel them.  I'll combine the sugar, orange juice, salt, melted butter and cranberries and layer that mixture with layers of sweet potatoes in the crock pot.  I'll probably set it on 6 hours and top it with the granola at the end.  If I have room in my oven, I'll pop the covered crock into it.  If not, I'll just let it "crock" a little longer.  I KNOW it will turn out wonderfully!

Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cup granola cereal
Directions:  In a large saucepan, cover sweet potatoes with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool. Peel potatoes; cut into 1-in. pieces. Combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice and salt; place half in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Top with half of the sweet potatoes. Repeat layers. Dot with butter. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until cranberries are tender. Uncover and sprinkle with granola; return to the oven for 10 minutes. 
What's YOUR favorite way to use cranberries at Thanksgiving?  (Or don't you?)


    1. Oh dear ... I have a feeling this is going to be a Thanksgiving with food landmines! Everywhere I visit there are amazing recipes; and I'm hungry for ALL of them!

      Thanks for sharing this one. I'm all for crockpot cooking, especially when the oven's pre-occupied.

      Happy & blessed Thanksgiving,

    2. Thanks for posting this, my husband loves cranberries and I love sweet potatoes and this sounds like a nice combination.
      My sister-in-law is doing Thanksgiving this year, but I'm having company over the weekend so I will try this dish!
      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
      God Bless!
      Love and Prayers,

    3. what a wonderful recipe that must be quite delicious!
      i'm so happy you found it again, and i would make the
      same modifications.

      my family adores cranberry sauce. in fact, when we
      visited our daughter in brasil, she requested a can of
      cranberry sauce. and chocolate, of course!

      i have seen cranberries in the bottom of a vase with
      flowers tucked in above.


    4. Somewhere out there is a recipe for a delicous cranberry-orange relish that is out of this world. My Thanksgiving food contributions are always the same it seems: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and the pumpkin pies. So I hope someone else does cranberries! I bet this recipe is really good because I DO love the cranberry/orange combination AND I love sweet potatoes!

    5. Wow, it really sounds good. I have so many
      recipes I want to try for Thanksgiving
      that I think I'll have to save some for
      Hope you're feeling a little better??

    6. Lea, I have seen the cranberries in the vase, too. Beautiful!

    7. Jacquelyn, My mother makes a good cranberry/orange relish. I just didn't want to put her through it this year, but I MUST remember to get the recipe! I think she puts them through the old fashioned meat grinder....and if my memory serves me right, there are walnuts in it...It IS delicious.

    8. I love to place dried cranberries and pecans in my dressing/stuffing...It is delicious beyond is my favorite dish at Thanksgiving!

    9. I LOVE cranberries, but I'm the one of the only ones in the family that does. Clint's family always went all out for holiday meals and I remember literally counting at least 25 different dishes at Thanksgiving and Christmas. His grandma's cranberry relish made into a gelatin mold was my favorite of all the food! I have the recipe, but never can make it quite as good as hers. I think it has nuts and a red gelatin of some kind as well as orange peel, etc. I would have seconds on that every time.

    10. Wanda, I can totally "SEE" that!

    11. Lori...sounds KIND of like my mother's except hers wasn't molded. I don't think it was supposed to be...

    12. This sort of makes me sad because mom and I were the only ones that liked them! We would cook them with sugar and Loved the way they tasted mixed with the turkey! Mom would also cut the tops off of oranges in a zig zag pattern scrap them out then fill with the cooked cranberries and used them to decorate around the turkey. It was very pretty,
      No cranberries this year though. It's kind of silly since I'm the only one that would eat them.
      Love Di ♥

    13. I love cranberries, I cooked them the day before the holidays and keep in the fridge. It wouldn't taste like a turkey dinner without them. I like how Wanda puts them in her stuffing, I should try that next time......:-)Hugs

    14. Oh, Di! ANOTHER beautiful thing you shared with your mother... By the way, I think cranberries are an acquired taste. Maybe one of these days one or both of your daughters will share your "taste" and pleasure. There really ARE a lot of ways to eat them. Last night I actually tasted some in cheese! And I DO enjoy cranberry breads...

    15. I love cranberries in any recipe! Even just a small taste of it is so good with pork and chicken!
      I do have a simple cranberry cake with butter sauce recipe I might make for Thanksgiving, if I can find it in my messy file!

    16. I'm, making an apple cranberry chutney (with orange) tonight so the flavors can meld and be wonderful on Thanksgiving. Family and good food. Does it get any better than that?

    17. Deb Z - Is that in The Cookbook???? Sounds perfect as a Thanksgiving dinner accompaniment.

    18. Not in The Cookbook. I'll e-mail it to you.

    19. I like cranberries too; all of these recipe ideas are making me hungry! I don't think my hubby or his daughter like them so probably won't make this, but I may try it sometime anyway. No time like the present to start "acquiring" a taste for them!

    20. I love anything cranberry. I have never thought to add them with sweet potato's. Yum!


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