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

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish


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Description

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


Ingredients

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  • 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

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A Thanksgiving favorite in our home for generations, this cranberry orange relish is made with fresh cranberries, oranges and sugar. It's a delicious side option!
Looking for an alternative to cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving?! Cranberry Orange Relish is refreshing and requires no cooking!

 

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  1. This sounds like a tasty combination. I love the idea of combining citrus with cranberries; seems like the perfect pairing.

  2. I love everything cranberry and cranberry relish is a must for my Thanksgiving table!

  3. This looks amazing and perfect with a yummy fall dinner and Thanksgiving 😉 I am pinning this one so thank you for sharing!

  4. Ooh this fresh cranberry relish looks delicious and is perfect for the festive season. I would love this with a vegan roast, yum!

  5. I really love the sound of this. It would be perfect to use on Christmas day!

  6. Sounds like a great combo, though I don’t know yet what to dip into it or to fill it with.

  7. This recipe is perfect for the upcoming holidays, looking forward to giving it a try.

  8. Cranberry and orange is a great combo! I bet this side dish is a crowd pleaser at the holidays.

  9. My dad used to love this relish on…… hot dogs. No kidding. I never understood it, but he loved it.

  10. I’ve never had relish like this before. I am sure I’d love it. I’m all about cranberries.

  11. That looks delicious! I bet it would be really good on bruschetta with some fresh mozzarella yum!

  12. This looks delicious! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen fresh cranberries in Denmark. I’ll have to check now.

  13. I’m not a fan of the canned sauce either. This looks so fresh and delicious! And very easy to make.

  14. I’m not a fan of cranberry especially the jelly stuff from a can. It is just one of those things that I never acquired a taste for growing up. However, the fresh cranberries and oranges do sound delicious so I’d be willing to give it a try.

  15. I love it! It’s so easy. It looks delicious and can be make in a minute. Very fresh and healthy. Perfect for a side dish!

  16. This sounds really good. I’ve never had it before. The cranberry and orange probably makes for an amazing combination too.

  17. I love the sound of cranberry orange relish. Perfect for eating with turkey. It always needs something to jazz it up.

  18. This looks delicious healthy recipe I would like to try this someday I will save this post thanks to this!

  19. I never liked cranberry sauce growing up, because it was always the nasty stuff from a can. I was so surprised by how much tastier it is homemade!

  20. These flavors are so perfect for the holiday season. I’m definitely going to be serving this for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to pare this with my stuffing.

  21. I love these flavors. They’re so classic for the season. I’m making a small meal this year, and this is going to be part of it.

  22. We make this every year! My daughter requests it and refuses to believe it is Thanksgiving without it. 🙂

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

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

  26. 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.

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

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  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

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

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

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.