Food and Wine

Avoiding Cranberry Sauce on Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving week is here, and that means turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce.  I’m a huge fan of traditional Thanksgiving fare, with the exception of cranberry sauce.  The jiggly jelly like substance, whether homemade or canned, always reminds me of a jello shot gone wrong.  Even the sound of it being carefully wedged out of the can makes my stomach turn a little bit.  If you’re like me and just can’t endure the idea of the sauce, I’ll let you in on a turkey day secret that may have you replacing your cranberry sauce for the big feast.

Instead of cranberry sauce, why not have cranberry inspired choices for your guests?  That’s right.  Be daring and replace the gelatinous burgundy slop with a cranberry wine and some crackers and cheese.  But not just any cheese.

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese with cranberries made by Wensleydale Creamery is one the tastiest cheeses I’ve ever eaten…and I’ve been to Paris, folks.  The creamy texture mixed with the surprise of Ocean Spray cranberries, served with my favorite crackers (Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Rosemary and Olive Oil) is a combo I treat myself to on a regular basis. So I thought it was best to share my favorites with the masses, especially for those who want to change it up on Thanksgiving and ditch the canned jelly.

The availability and cost are two factors to consider when on the lookout for Wensleydale Creamery cranberry cheese. I have been lucky to find small blocks of it in the gourmet cheese section of Publix for roughly ten dollars.  For those who just gasped, just remember that Thanksgiving is a time for eating on the good china, drinking out of the expensive wine glasses, and offering up the pricey Wensleydale Creamery Yorkshire cheese with cranberries, with hopes that everyone around the table will play it safe and choose the cranberry sauce.  But now you’ll know better…

Happy Thanksgiving all!