Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love creating the menu, planning every detail and seeing everyone enjoy themselves as they fill their bellies with everything I worked so hard to prepare for them.  Our Thanksgiving menu rarely changes but this year I’ve decided to take one of our favorite dishes, fresh cranberry orange relish and try to make it a little healthier than normal.

I’m not a lover of cranberry sauce. The thought of that weird, jiggly, canned substance makes my stomach turn.  Luckily, my Mom introduced me to what has become a family favorite in our house, Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish.  It’s tart and sweet and never lasts long. The best part about it is that it’s super easy to make and my kids can help me make it since there is no cooking involved!

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All you need is a 10oz bag of fresh cranberries, 2 navel oranges, some sugar and a little water.  The regular recipe calls for a cup of sugar, but this year, I decided to take that down to 1/4 cup.

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Take the cranberries and add them to your food processor.  Depending on the amount and size of your processor, you may need to do this in two rounds.

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Peel and cut up your oranges and add those to the food processor, as well as a small piece of orange rind.  This gives the relish some tartness.  You can add more or less, depending on your taste.

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Next, add your sugar and a couple of teaspoons of water.  You may also consider substituting the water for some sort of juice to give it a little something extra.   Chop all of the ingredients coarsely and place it all into a sealable container and put it into the refrigerator overnight.  You can make this up to 2-3 days in advance if you’d like. The longer it sits, the better it will taste.

When it’s time to serve, you can plate it like it is, or add a cute little garnish to the top.  This year, I created little oranges in the shape of a heart and my kids loved it!  They didn’t even notice the lack of sugar either!  It’s a refreshing dish that can be eaten with dinner, as an appetizer or even as a dessert.  Enjoy!

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Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours

Yield: 8

Serving Size: 1/4 Cup

The perfect combination of sweet and tart, this cranberry orange relish is a simple and delicious addition to your holiday menu.

Ingredients

  • 2 Navel Oranges
  • 1 10oz Bag of Fresh Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Water

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut oranges. Add to food processor along with cranberries, sugar, a small piece of the orange rind and water or orange juice. Process until coarsely chopped. Place mixture in a sealed container and refrigerate overnight.Allow at least 1 day in the refrigerator to marry the bright, fresh flavors. Make up to 3 days ahead.
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