Cranberry Relish

If ever there was a dish that needed a makeover, it is cranberry relish. My Cranberry Relish breathes new life into this classic Thanksgiving staple.

This homemade Cranberry Relish recipe is perfect for your Turkey Day festivities and will soon be a must-have every holiday season.  #cranberryrelish #cranberrysauce www.savoryexperiments.com

This homemade Cranberry Relish recipe is perfect for your Turkey Day festivities and will soon be a must-have every holiday season.

As I started hosting my own Thanksgiving, I began to realize how many Thanksgiving foods I used to turn my nose up at. Aside from stuffing and turkey, Cranberry Relish was another one.

Cranberry Relish’s tart taste didn’t really pique my interest. I did, however, love the way the jellied kind slinked out of the can in one gelatinous mass. My mother used to have the “lumpy” and “smooth” kind to cater to everyone.

In my own kitchen, I try to make as much from scratch as I can and although I’m sure I can fashion my own smooth cranberry torpedo, I now prefer the texture of the “lumpy kind.”

This homemade Cranberry Relish recipe is perfect for your Turkey Day festivities and will soon be a must-have every holiday season.  #cranberryrelish #cranberrysauce www.savoryexperiments.com

What I have come to appreciate is how much the tart flavor of cranberry sauce or relish can refresh your taste buds. It’s a little break from all the really rich deliciousness on the plate and gets your mouth ready for the next bite.

Historically, cranberry sauce was added to the Thanksgiving spread to balance and cut through the other fatty, savory dishes on the table like turkey, gravy and carb-heavy dressing.

That goes for other meals and not just Thanksgiving. This batch was destined for two dishes and one condiment.

I topped my Spiced Pork Tenderloin, froze some for my Thanksgiving Day spread and also made Cranberry Mayo for leftover Turkey Roll-Ups.

Not only that, but you can use the liquid drain-off for Cranberry Syrup, which tastes amazing on waffles, pancakes, and even vanilla ice cream!

If you loved this recipe for Cranberry Relish, try some of my other Thanksgiving Day side and dessert staples:

This homemade Cranberry Relish recipe is perfect for your Turkey Day festivities and will soon be a must-have every holiday season.  #cranberryrelish #cranberrysauce www.savoryexperiments.com

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Cranberry Relish

This homemade Cranberry Relish recipe is perfect for your Turkey Day festivities and will soon be a must-have every holiday season. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade cranberry relish, homemade cranberry sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 162kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries coarsely chopped (1 bag)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch fine sea salt

Instructions

  • Combine chopped cranberries, sugar, water, and sea salt in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil. You can hand chop or throw cranberries in a food processor for a few pulses.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat to medium and allow to simmer.
  • Simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring sporadically with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be thick and sticky.
  • Place a fine sieve or colander over a bowl. Strain mixture through, pressing down lightly on solids to get excess syrup out.*
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Notes

Make draining into Cranberry Syrup.
Make Cranberry Mayonnaise!
Add orange zest or a splash of orange juice, Grand Marnier, Chambord or walnuts.

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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