Three Ingredient Cranberry Orange Relish

by Her Happy Balance on November 24, 2014

Cooking is such a loving process. Think about it – you put your time and effort into creating something tasty to nourish your family. I just really love food in every way. And I’m really blessed to come from a family of wonderful cooks. Each year my aunt puts lots of love and care into creating a delicious Thanksgiving meal. For the past few years I’ve asked to contribute a dish to the spread, usually a side dish of some sort. I’ve brought sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts the last two years. This year I’m sticking to the veggie thing and bringing a roasted cauliflower dish and cranberry orange relish.

Close up of cranberry orange relish

Now this cranberry relish has a bit of a story to go along with it. Apparently, my great-grandmother used to make this dish every year for Thanksgiving. She’d make it three days ahead of time, using a no-frills, heavy duty, hand grinder. Then she’d place the bowl with the finished product on the stairs in the cellar right by the bilco doors, where it was nice and cold, until Thanksgiving day. Now, we always thought this delicious relish was a recipe of her own creation and that we’d lost the recipe for it. Well, turns out, as we were going through my great grandmother’s recipe box the other day, we found the recipe….on the back of an old-fashioned cranberry bag. So much for it being a unique concoction! Boy, those cranberry people really knew what they were doing 😉 But we still love it in my family, and I thought I’d share it with you today.

Ready for this? Brace yourself – there are a whole 3 ingredients!

cranberry sauce

Cranberry Orange Relish
Serves 10
A deliciously sweet, traditional cranberry and orange relish. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 16 oz. cranberries
  2. 2 Whole oranges, quartered
  3. 2 Cups sugar
Instructions
  1. Cut the oranges into quarters and remove the seeds. Pulse the orange pieces (with skin on!) and cranberries in a food processor until a slightly chunky, but consistent, mixture is reached. Transfer to a bowl, stir in sugar, cover and refrigerate until served. It is best if you can store the relish in the fridge for 2 or 3 days before serving, the flavors really mingle and enhance this way. Enjoy!
Adapted from the back of a Paradise Meadow Cape Cod Cranberries package
Adapted from the back of a Paradise Meadow Cape Cod Cranberries package
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Cranberry orange relish

Feel free to go a little lighter on the sugar if you’d like a more tart relish. It’s perfect for your thanksgiving meal, super simple to make, and tastes better each day – what more could you ask for? Think of spreading a smear of it on toasted bread with turkey for a leftover sandwich the next day. 

Thoughts??
What will you be bringing to Thanksgiving? Do you host a dinner?
What’s your favorite side dish for leftovers? It’s gotta be the stuffing for me.

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Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie November 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

Haha! I love how your family thought this was a super secret recipe. It reminds me of that episode of Friends where Phoebe is trying to find her grandma’s “secret” chocolate chip cookie recipe and it ends up being the recipe on the back of Tollhouse chocolate chips lol.

Alex @ The Zen Kat December 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Neat idea! I love eating cranberry sauce with the turkey. Such a tasty combo. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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