Cranberry Relish

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Holiday and Thanksgiving Cranberry Relish recipe. Fresh cranberries ground up with apples and orange. Great with turkey sandwiches.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

One of my favorite things to make for Thanksgiving and the holidays is raw cranberry relish. There’s no cooking involved, just using a grinder or a food processor to grind up and mix together raw cranberries, tart green apples, a large seedless orange, and sugar.

It’s amazing how good it is! Great with roast turkey, or for leftovers on turkey sandwiches.

Cranberry Relish

The sugar balances the natural tartness of the raw cranberries, and helps the mixture macerate, releasing juices that bind everything together. The recipe is as sweet as you want it to be. 2 cups of sugar will yield a very sweet result. 1 cup much less so.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 3 cups

You can use either a grinder (an old fashioned one or a KitchenAid attachment) or a food processor to grind up the relish. We prefer using a grinder to a food processor because a grinder does a better job smooshing the cranberries, orange, and apples together while it cuts them up. But either way will work.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rinsed raw cranberries
  • 2 skinned and cored tart green apples, cut into thick slices
  • 1 large, whole (peel ON) seedless orange, cut into sections
  • 1 to 2 cups granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you would like your relish to be)

Method

1 If you are using an old fashioned grinder, use the medium-sized grinder plate and set the grinder on the edge of a table with a large bowl or pan to catch the fruit mix as it is ground. Old fashioned grinders tend to leak juice down the grinder base, so you may want to set up a bowl underneath to catch the drips.

If you don't have an old fashioned grinder, you can use the grinder attachment to a KitchenAid mixer, or you can use a food processor. If you use a food processor, be careful not to over-pulse! Or you'll have mush instead of relish.

You can also just chop very finely by hand, but that's difficult, especially with the cranberries.

2 Push the cranberries, orange sections, and apple slices through the grinder. Include the orange peel! Alternate the fruit as you push it through the grinder so that different fruits get ground together.

3 Stir in the sugar. (Start with less than a cup and keep adding 1/4 cups until you reach your desired level of sweetness.) Let sit at room temperature until the sugar dissolves, about 45 minutes. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Notes:

Old fashioned cast iron grinders are easy to find and cheap to buy on ebay. Click here to find a meat grinder on eBay.

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Cranberry Relish

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  • S T P

    The orange peel is too much. Better without it or just a couple of pieces.

  • Lisa Weise

    What size Jello do you add to this recipe and do you use all the water it calls for, or no water at all?

  • Kris

    I followed the directions to the letter but my family and I found the orange to be the dominating flavor– it was overwhelming. I added two Barlett pears to try and tame it, but to no avail. We used it to make margaritas instead and it was a nice treat.

  • DIANE

    I MAKE THIS AND ADD STRAWBERRY JELLO, CELERY AND BLACK WALNUTS. I GIVE TO FRIENDS FOR THEIR DINNER,

  • Constance

    WOW, great recipe for cranberry relish! This time I made just as directed and only needed 2/3 cup sugar (not the full 2 cups). Thanks for the heads up in the recipe about adding sugar to taste. I used a navel orange and Granny Smith apples. I also used my Kitchen Aid grinder and was really pleased with the results.
    I remember having celery in cranberry relish as a child and sometimes walnuts. Would you put the celery and/or walnuts through the grinder or just chop finely before adding to this awesome recipe?

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