Cranberry Relish Recipe

This cranberry relish recipe includes a variation for cranberry orange relish. So when you're choosing one for your dinner, start early so you can experiment and bit and find the version that makes your palate sing.

Cranberry relish is a deliciously tart-yet mildly sweet-concoction that looks great and smells fantastic. Since fresh cranberries are not available year-round, this wonderful cranberry relish recipe can only be made during the fall holiday season, which makes it even more delightful.

The beauty of relish is that you can add fruits and spices that you have in your pantry and mix and match the ingredients to make this recipe your own. Because fresh cranberry relish is usually made during the holidays, try to use a blend of pumpkin spices and incorporate fruits that you have already purchased for other holiday dishes. If you are looking for a relish that is bold, try adding a little hot pepper or a dash of vinegar to the recipe.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 bag fresh cranberries
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup honey
½ cup pear juice
½ pear, chopped fine
½ Granny Smith apple, chopped fine
Rind from one tangerine, ground fine
1 cup fresh berries (blueberries or raspberries work well)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ginger

Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook the cranberries and pear juice until the cranberries split open. Mash lightly. Add the chopped pear, apple and tangerine rind. Cook for a few minutes, then add the sugar and honey. Simmer until the fruit is soft. Stir often to prevent scorching. In the last minute of heating, add the spices and stir, making sure the spices have been dispersed throughout the mixture. Remove the relish from the heat and let it return to room temperature. Serve this cranberry relish at room temperature or cold, depending on your own personal preferences.

Another great relish that can be made ahead of time and used throughout a holiday weekend is orange cranberry relish. The relish should last for up to four days as long as it is refrigerated.

Orange Cranberry Relish

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 blood orange
1 regular orange
2 cups cranberries
¼ small onion, diced
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
½ cup white sugar
½ cup raisins
½ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger
½ cup orange juice

Place one handful of cranberries at a time on a cutting board and chop with a knife about six times-three times horizontally and three times vertically. Do the same with the remaining fruit. Place all fruit into a bowl. Pour the fruit juices over the chopped fruit.

Mix the sugar and ginger together and sprinkle over the fruit. Mix the spice with the fruit carefully and set aside. Dice the onion. Mix the onion with the crushed red pepper and set aside. Add the nuts and raisins to the fruit and mix to blend. If the mixture is too dry, add another ¼ to ½ cup of orange juice. Mix the pepper and onion in last. Refrigerate and serve cold.

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The dictionary definition of relish, which is "to savor, take delight in and enjoy," says it all. Sweet and spicy relishes are perfect before dinner, during dinner and after dinner. Relishes are also great go-betweens for snacking and on target when tucked into a festive jar and given as a gift.

Dill pickle relish is the most common of relishes. Because relish has a bite to it, it is intended to be consumed in small increments, such as in a spread or as a garnish. Making fresh dill pickle relish is a task that can be accomplished easily, and because the most important ingredient is a jar of dill pickles, it can also be made at any time of the year.

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