Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

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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! Don’t forget to check out our Dill Stuffing recipe too!

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Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

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Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish


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The delicious and refreshing alternative to your standard cranberry relish side dish. Perfect for Thanksgiving.


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Ingredients

  • 2 navel oranges
  • 10 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp water or orange juice

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut oranges.
  2. Add oranges, cranberries, sugar, a small piece of the orange rind and water or orange juice to food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
  3. Place mixture in a sealed container and refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

This fresh cranberry orange relish is a must have dish for Thanksgiving.  It's tart and sweet and never lasts long. Best of all, it's super easy to make!

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26 Comments
  • Lyanna Soria
    December 2, 2019

    I don’t think I’ve tried this one before but that looks quite tasty. I’d love to try this one out someday.

  • Erin
    November 28, 2019

    This recipe looks delish! Would go well with all the Turkey and things! 🙂

  • Catalina
    November 28, 2019

    I love how easy it’s to make it with your recipe! I will definitely try it!

  • Sherry
    November 28, 2019

    I’ll have to try this. I’ll have to wait unit Christmas though since we had our Thanksgiving in October here in Canada.

  • Lisa Favre
    November 27, 2019

    I actually have some cranberries and wasn’t sure what to do with them! Okay, definitely need to make this relish – it’s so perfect for the holidays.
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  • Celebrate Woman Today
    November 27, 2019

    The fresher, the better! Loving your refreshing recipe. And I’ve got plenty of fresh cranberries in the fridge! Ready to cook it!

    • Heather
      November 27, 2019

      Yes! Best part is, there is no cooking involved! Hope you enjoy!

  • Amy
    November 27, 2019

    Sounds delicious for turkey sandwiches. I need to make some to enjoy myself.

    • Heather
      November 27, 2019

      It’s perfect for sandwiches. My kids also love it as a dessert!

  • Christa
    November 27, 2019

    This looks so bright and delicious! I love oranges

  • Raina
    November 27, 2019

    First off, your food photos are incredible! This recipe sounds tasty and unique!

    • Heather
      November 27, 2019

      That is so sweet Raina, thank you!

  • Angela
    November 27, 2019

    This looks so delicious! I love the idea of adding the orange to cranberries…YUM!!!
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  • Monica
    November 27, 2019

    What a simple way to veer off of the canned stuff! I need to try this.

  • Gingermommy
    February 12, 2018

    This looks phenomenal. I am going to have to make this soon! It looks so delicious.

  • Lisa Bristol
    February 11, 2018

    I am sure this Cranberry Orange Relish is going to be a big hit in my house. I am always looking for healthier recipes to try.

  • Allison
    February 10, 2018

    Not gonna lie, you sure did make me want to actually cook something for Thanksgiving. Cranberry relish has never been a favorite of mine, but yours is so fresh I can tell it puts all others to shame.

  • Vera Sweeney
    February 9, 2018

    I like this better than just plain cranberry sauce. I love the combination of cranberries and oranges.

  • Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog
    February 9, 2018

    I am not a huge fan of relishes. This sounds like the perfect recipe when you have too many leftover cranberries to use up.

  • Sarah Bailey
    February 9, 2018

    Now this sounds like an interesting recipe, I love the idea of making a relish with really fresh ingredients. Delicious!

  • Kathy
    February 9, 2018

    I’ve never been a fan of relish, but this looks good. This is something I’d actually try out. I think it looks like it’s going to taste really good.

  • Joely Smith
    February 8, 2018

    Cranberry and orange go so well together! I love cranberry orange scones! I absolutely am going to make this relish!

  • Chrissy
    February 8, 2018

    This looks delicious and super refreshing! Perfect to make at Easter this year!

  • Nancy Lustri
    February 8, 2018

    Relish that consists of two of my favorite fruits?! Yes, sign me up! I bet this would taste great with some ice cream – I would totally love this for a dessert.

  • Heather
    February 8, 2018

    Yeah, I think this is a much better version of cranberry sauce anyway, not that canned stuff, although I don’t mind it! I love that the oranges look like hearts.

  • Leah
    February 8, 2018

    This sounds amazing! I am definitely bookmarking this recipe for next years Thanksgiving!

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