Thanksgiving cranberry oatmeal
Thanksgiving cranberry oatmeal

What to do with leftover cranberry sauce

It’s the morning after Thanksgiving. You had a great thanksgiving meal, and stuffed yourself with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable side dish of your choosing, some bread, pumpkin pie, and some side dishes like black olives, and cranberry sauce. The left overs have been put in the fridge, and you’re waking up wondering what to do with that little bit of leftover cranberry sauce. Yes you are. You’re wondering that.

You could, of course, make some toast, or an english muffin, or bagel, and spread the cranberry sauce on it like a nice sweet, but tart, jam. And why not? Everybody does it. So good. But what if you tried something different, but equally delicious, to do with your cranberry sauce? Like make Thanksgiving cranberry oatmeal.

Thanksgiving Cranberry Oatmeal

Let’s face it. You might not want to eat a big breakfast after having such a big meal the night before. So oatmeal might be a good choice to go with for breakfast. But oatmeal by itself is a pretty boring. You could put honey on it, like I do most mornings. Or mix in some chocolate powder, or semi-sweet chocolate bits to make delicious Chocolate Oatmeal . I have that every now and then. Yum. Or mix in your favorite jam. I do that too. But on the morning after Thanksgiving there’s really only one thing you should mix in with your oatmeal. Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.


And how would one create such a simple but delicious seasonal oatmeal breakfast? It’s pretty simple really. First put a couple of handfuls of oatmeal in a microwave friendly bowl. Or small scoops. I use typical rolled oats. Pour some water over the oats, enough to cover the oats. And then put the bowl of oats in the microwave for 2 to 2 and a half minutes, depending on how quickly your microwave cooks things. Watch the bowl to make sure that the oatmeal doesn’t bubble over in the oven. That would be no fun.

Take the fully cooked oatmeal out of the microwave and mix in some left over cranberry sauce. I like the cranberry jelly kind that comes in a can that you can cut into slices. But if you have a homemade cranberry sauce recipe that you just love, use that. For this recipe I used the final two slices of cranberry sauce that we didn’t eat the night before. Mix it in and smell the cranberry goodness as it permeates through the air. Look at your creation, and see that it is good. Taste it, and know that it is DELICIOUS.

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