7 Ways To Perk Up Cranberry Sauce

We know some of you prefer the canned stuff, but if you're cooking your own cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, here are a few mix-ins to make it more interesting. Actually, you could add some of these ingredients to canned cranberry relish, too!

Fresh pomegranate arils: The seeds are not only pretty but also add delightful little bursts of juicy sweetness.

Pomegranate molasses: A splash of pomegranate molasses or syrup provides rich flavor and color.

Persimmons: For a sweet, spicy flavor, add a diced ripe persimmon to the simmering sauce.

Dates: The deep sweetness of dates balances out the cranberries' tartness.

Candied ginger: Add zing with chopped, crystallized ginger.

Walnuts: Mix in some toasted walnuts or, even better, herbed candied walnuts with rosemary, thyme, and sage.

Dried figs: Simmer dried figs with the cranberries to get them nice and plump. If you want to go the extra mile, we highly recommend this recipe for Cranberry Sauce with Port and Dried Figs.

Any other ideas?

Related: Recipe: D.I.Y. Cranberry Sauce

(Image: Faith Durand)