While the biggest Thanksgiving family feuds typically arise over the white meat, thanks to Leftover Cranberry Sauce Parfaits, I expect the cranberry sauce to spur haggling too.
Last week, I (hopefully) persuaded you to make your own cranberry sauce, via this easy Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe.
Now, let’s chat about what to do with any leftover cranberry sauce.
- Smearing it on a turkey sandwich is an excellent, standard choice.
- Using it to top these Cranberry Cream Cheese Appetizer Bites is a smart allocation of precious leftovers as well.
- But my favorite way to enjoy this jeweled, vibrant sauce is for breakfast—parfait-style.
Making these easy leftover cranberry sauce parfaits is simple.
Simply layer yogurt, leftover cranberry sauce, golden honey, and your granola of choice (I recommend this Gingerbread Granola), and voilà! An insanely delicious, quick breakfast or snack for any time of the day.
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How to Make Leftover Cranberry Sauce Parfaits
These leftover cranberry sauce parfaits are creamy, lightly tart, and after several days of heavy cooking and big-time eating, it’s refreshing to have a simple, healthy breakfast on hand.
- Cranberry Sauce. A few scoops of perfectly tart, yet slightly sweet Cranberry Orange Sauce is my go-to for these easy parfaits.
- Greek Yogurt. I love how cranberry sauce pairs with plain Greek yogurt because I think it lets the brightness of the cranberries and sweetness of the honey shine. Plus, its texture is totally creamy dreamy.
- Honey. A little drizzle of honey counters the tartness of the cranberry sauce and tang of the Greek yogurt.
- Granola No parfait would be complete without a little crunch.
The Best Granola for Parfaits
- Layer yogurt, honey, cranberry sauce, and granola in a bowl or parfait glass.
- Repeat with a second layer of each. ENJOY!
- To Store. Store leftover parfait covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To Freeze. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast? Now that’s what I call dedication.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make a vegan version of this parfait, opt for your favorite non-dairy yogurt, swap the honey for maple syrup, and choose a vegan granola (one made without honey). You’ll also want to confirm your cranberry sauce is vegan. Note that the recipe linked in this post is not a vegan cranberry sauce.
Absolutely. I love the rich, creamy, thick consistency of Greek yogurt and its extra protein content. However, if there is a different variety of yogurt you enjoy, feel free to experiment and swap for it.
No. By all means, make a fresh batch (or, dare I say, open a fresh can) of cranberry sauce if you’re especially jonesing for a cranberry sauce parfait. This recipe can be made and enjoyed at any time.
Leftover Cranberry Sauce Parfait
- 2/3 cup plain or vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 to 2 tablespoons leftover cranberry sauce to taste (I love and recommend this recipe)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey to taste
- Granola or cereal
- In a parfait glass or bowl, layer half of the yogurt, a drizzle of honey, a few spoonfuls of cranberry sauce, then sprinkle with granola.
- Repeat with a second layer of yogurt, honey, and granola. Serve and enjoy!
- TO STORE: Store leftover parfait covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- TO FREEZE: Cover tightly and freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
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