Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

This holiday season, there’s no better way to celebrate than with the vibrant taste of cranberries. Rich in history and flavor, cranberries are one of the few fruits native to the American soil, earning their spot on our festive tables. This Thanksgiving and Christmas, elevate your meal with a side that’s as nutritious as it is delicious: Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

This relish isn’t your typical cranberry fare. It’s a homemade treasure passed down through generations, combining the tartness of fresh cranberries with the sweet zest of oranges, the crunch of nuts, and a mix of grapes and raisins. It’s a symphony of flavors that will harmonize beautifully with your roasted turkey and spiced ham, offering a fresher, more flavorful alternative to canned cranberry sauce.

🍇 Cranberries are a super-fruit; they’re not only a burst of tangy flavor but also a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber, making them a heart-healthy choice that supports overall wellness. In every spoonful of this relish, you’ll taste the essence of the holidays, with the added benefit of knowing you’re serving something that’s good for the body and soul.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

I was first introduced to this Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish when I married my husband. My mother-in-law served it at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Being new to the family, I wanted to try all of their traditional recipes, even though I had never liked cranberry sauce from a can, I never knew you could eat it fresh! I was hooked at the first bite and have been in love with cranberries ever since! This recipe includes easy-to-find fresh ingredients you can find anywhere this time of year.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

This is an easy recipe to prepare ahead for all your holiday parties and dinners.

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Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish
Course Side Dish
Cuisine vegetarian
Skill Level easy
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine vegetarian
Skill Level easy
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and sort berries, remove any soft.
  2. Coarsely chop cranberries in food processor and place in bowl.
  3. Coarsely chop oranges and place in bowl.
  4. Stir in sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Add raisins.
  6. Chill.
  7. Stir in grapes and nuts just before serving.

One of my favorite parts of this recipe is washing the cranberries. Aren’t they gorgeous?! Be sure to get a high-quality brand of cranberries so you don’t have to discard soft berries. Out of my entire 3lb bag, I had just 10 berries that I discarded.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

One bite and you and your family is sure to be fans of this Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish recipe too.

Cranberry Relish Recipe

 

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, this relish is surprisingly easy to prepare. You can make it ahead of time, letting the flavors meld in the refrigerator, freeing you up to enjoy those precious moments with family and friends. And if you have leftovers, don’t worry—cranberries keep well, lasting in the fridge for up to 20 days, and they freeze perfectly for up to a year.

As you plan your holiday menus, remember that cranberries are more than just a side; they’re a versatile ingredient that can inspire a variety of dishes—from sweet desserts to savory stuffings. Let this Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish be the start of new traditions in your home.

🥣 Ready to try it? Here’s the full recipe and even more creative ideas to use cranberries this season. Your family and guests are sure to be delighted by the fresh flavors and the love baked into every bite.

 

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