Is It Possible To Have Thanksgiving Without Cranberries?

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The traditional American Thanksgiving meal usually consists of a huge turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing & cranberry sauce.


In our family, no one likes cranberry sauce so that is one food item we do not eat. One year I did attempt to make green beans and cranberries but no one liked the cranberries so it was a total waste of money.  I think I’ll go back to the original way of making green beans which is just by adding salt & pepper.

This year I am combining the traditional American Thanksgiving dinner and the Puerto Rican Thanskgiving dinner.  You would think I am feeding an army by the look of the menu my husband and I created.

American Thanksgiving Dinner (minus the cranberries):

  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Green Beans
  • Gravy
  • Biscuits
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie

Puerto Rican Thanksgiving Dinner:

  • Pernil (pork shoulder)
  • arroz con gandules (rice & pigeon peas)
  • Pasteles (think of tamales)
  • Mofongo stuffing
  • Guineos (boiled green bananas)
  • Potato Salad
  • Arroz con dulce (rice pudding) and/or Flan
  • Coquito (rich coconut drink)

When my husband and I planned out our menu for this Thanksgiving, he stated that he wanted both mashed potatoes and potato salad.  Although I was shocked, I did not complain. I mean, who says no to carbs? Potatoes? Not me, that’s for sure.

This is what our actual Thanksgiving menu will look like:

  • Turkey (made in a oven bag to prevent dryness)
  • Pernil
  • Arroz con gandules
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sausage Stuffing
  • Rutabaga
  • Gravy
  • Green beans
  • Potato Salad
  • Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Coquito (maybe ;))

So you see, it is very possible to have and enjoy a joyous Thanksgiving meal without cranberries.

Tell me, what’s included in your Thanksgiving menu?


  1. My mother in law is hosting and since they are Puerto Rican we are going to be having a very similiar meal with Arroz con gandules and Coquito. I make pies!
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  2. Your Thanksgiving menu looks a lot like mine! Are we going to the same house? LOL

    Happy Thanksgiving Chica!!!

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  3. Gobble, Gobble!!!! Feliz Thanksgiving to your and yours, chica!!!!! Please save me a plate of your feast!!!!! 🙂

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! I have my Thanksgiving Menu posted at Create With Joy – please stop by!

    Every year, we seem to change it up a bit as we have too many things we love to include on the menu at any given time! For instance, we love mashed potatoes, candied yams, AND potatoes au gratin – which is a little TOO much carbs at one sitting – so we tend to alternate our potatoes these days. Last year, we had ham as well as turkey, but my SIL is vegetarian, so in recent years, we’ve tried to add diversity in that area. I happen to LOVE cranberries (I can’t fathom white meat turkey without it!) – I like making my own to get the taste just right – but only me and the guests eat it, as my husband isn’t a cranberry kind of guy.

    I see we both serve sausage stuffing – that is the kind my mom always made – although I also enjoy healthier versions as well!

    Enjoy your feast!


    • Thank you for your wonderful comment. Over here we like to keep it tradition and keep everything the same 😉 Not boring for us. We actually look forward to it every year. i hope you had a nice thanksgiving with your loved ones. Thx for visiting.

  5. I LOVE cranberry sauce! But it has to be the canned kind. I’m not a fan of the homemade stuff LOL.
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