Gluten Free Living – 2024
Cranberry Relish is the perfect accompaniment for holiday dinners. It’s made with fresh cranberries grated in a food processor. Add some raisins, spices, walnuts, orange juice and lemon peel and you have a wonderful side for turkey, Pork Tenderloin or ham. We’ve always served it on homemade rolls or bread, but you can also eat it by the spoonful. No matter how you like it, it’s just plain good!
We have been empty nesters for quite some time now. Our kids have taken over the roll of cooking Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for the most part. But this year we were home alone so I decided to cook a turkey with all the trimmings. I added Sausage Apple Stuffing, our favorite Greek Salad, Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls and this Cranberry Relish. It wasn’t the extensive menu I’ve cooked in the past, but with just two of us it was still more than we needed!
My mom always served cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. We served it over top of homemade bread usually. These days I always serve it over top of Homemade Rolls. This year I decided to serve this relish instead of Cranberry Sauce, since it has been years since I’ve made it. I made it frequently during the early years of our marriage, but somehow kind of forgot about it.
This vintage recipe is as old as the hills. Back in the holiday season of 1981 (I think), we were invited to dinner at our Church Administrator’s home when we lived in Florida. His wife made a wonderful meal for us and I collected a bunch of recipes. She made Crockpot Beef Stroganoff (which I still serve today), a Swiss Onion quiche, this Cranberry Relish and several other things I no longer remember. But it was quite a feast. (Especially for a young gal who couldn’t cook a lick back in the day. ME!)
While I make up a lot of my own recipes these days, I couldn’t do that back then. Cranberry Relish is a great side during the holiday season when cranberries are in season. I usually buy a few bags of fresh cranberries and freeze them so I can make things throughout the year. This goes well with ham and pork tenderloin if you have the cranberries on hand. Just thaw and follow the recipe. Easy Peasy. 🙂
I served Cranberry Relish with my favorite Homemade Dinner Roll recipe. I take these rolls to almost every pot luck and everybody loves them!
Fresh cranberries, raisins, spices, walnuts, lemon zest and orange juice provide delightful flavors for this relish.
From our “midwestern” roots, we got the idea of serving relishes like this over top of bread or homemade rolls. Mom always served cranberries this way.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Fill food processor with cranberries and put on “grate” setting. Grate Cranberries; set aside.
Grate lemon peel with a grater or lemon zester. Set aside.
Place brown sugar, raisins, grated lemon peel, cloves, cinnamon and allspice in a mixing bowl.
Add grated cranberries and lemon juice.
Add orange juice.
Transfer mixture to a serving dish and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add walnuts just before serving.
If you freeze cranberries, you can make this tasty dish throughout the year!
Every bite is wonderful.
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe from Vickie Cartwright, First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)
- 1 food processor
- 1 grater or lemon zester
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 serving dish
- 1 nut chopper if nuts are not previously chopped
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 cups fresh cranberries washed and grated in a food processor
- 1/2 cup seedless raisins
- 1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 cup walnuts chopped (measure after chopping)
- Put cranberries through a food processor using coarse blade.
- Add remaining ingredients except nuts and stir well.
- Chill one hour or more.
- Add nuts before serving.
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Add the nuts just before serving and they add a delectable crunch to the relish.
We love turkey, and Cranberry Relish is made for this type of holiday dinner!
If you have a food processor to grate the cranberries, this recipe is really easy peasy!
Cranberry Relish hits the spot for special dinners. Especially when you serve it on Homemade Rolls!