Super Simple Cranberry Relish

I’ve been a vegetarian for quite a while now, so Thanksgiving has a bit of a different ring to it for me.  The truth is, even before I became one, turkey was never a very big draw.  So this holiday was never about the turkey for me.

Other than turkey, there were some key dishes that my family had every year.  Granted, the menu has changed recently as the family has expanded, but growing up, we always had my aunt’s stuffing, that sweet potato and marshmallow casserole thing (you know what I’m talking about), my mom’s cranberry relish, and of course, pumpkin pie.

As much as I love my aunt’s stuffing, that was never the thing that made me crave Thanksgiving.  And the sweet potato marshmallow thing was always waaaaaay too sweet for my taste (luckily, this item has been taken off the menu).  And pumpkin pie….well, pumpkin pie is delicious and definitely Thanksgiving-y, but it still wasn’t the thing I waited all year for.

No, for me, it was always all about the cranberry relish.  I know, what a bizarre thing to crave and to salivate over, of all the delicious things that go into a Thanksgiving dinner.  I just couldn’t help it.  There’s something about that tart, fruity relish that my mom always made.  I would pile it high on my plate and eat it plain and be oh so happy with life.

Of course, years later, I found out that it’s pretty much the simplest thing ever to make.  Sweet!  So, this Thanksgiving, I’m sharing this wondrously delicious, amazingly simple dish.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years.

Super Simple Cranberry Relish

Serves 25-30 (yes, our dinners are that big, but you can definitely enjoy this relish with your leftovers)

3 bags of frozen cranberries
3-4 medium sized apples, peeled and chopped
1 orange, chopped (but leave the peel on)
1.5 cups water
1 cup sugar (or more, depending on your taste)
1 cinnamon stick

1.  Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small pot or saucepan.

2.  Rinse the cranberries and pick out any bad ones.  Add the clean cranberries into the boiling water and partially cover the pot.  Allow the cranberries to cook for about 5 minutes, until you hear them popping.

3. Stir in the apples and cinnamon stick and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the cranberries have mostly broken down.

4.  Stir in the orange chunks and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Adjust the sugar levels at this time.

5.  After 2-3 minutes, take the relish off the stove and allow to cool.  Serve warm, cold, or room temperature with your favorite Thanksgiving dishes (or be like me and just eat a bowl full).


10 Responses to Super Simple Cranberry Relish

  1. M.J. says:

    I loved this recipe but substituted drained pineapple tidbits..Oh so good! I eliminated the orange..I found the peel to be bitter..Thanks for sharing..I plan on making this a lot..It goes well with most meals..:0

  2. It’s not weird to be all about the cranberry relish!!! I’m all about it. Love your recipe. Hope you check out my Apple Tangerine Cranberry Sauce and tell me what you think.

    The cinnamon stick is a perfect addition!

  3. Thanks for all the lovely comments!

    Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

  4. baker says:

    Wow it looks amazing. I never thought of making a relish out of cranberries until now. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  5. Kelli Hofer says:

    Looks great, I love cranberry sauce!

  6. M. J. says:

    Love the recipe..Sending you some buzz!

  7. This looks so vibrant and tasty! Love the addition of the apples too!

  8. Bruce says:

    ok. now I think my posts will come up.

    As for this recipe – I relish the opportunity to make it

    As for your pumpkin recipe. – It’s going to make me a plumpkin

    As for your onion soup recipe – Looks “Souper”

    Ok. I’m done.

  9. Cake says:

    Aside from the apples this is my Mom’s exact recipe. In fact, I made it today with a good friend. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. This is a beautiful cranberry relish. I love cranberries and didn’t realize that fresh ones can be cooked so easily in minutes. Great recipe!

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