Friday, November 18, 2011

Cranberry-Orange Relish

Before Kimiko and I were married, with families of our own, we spent every Thanksgiving with Doris, our Near to Nothing grandma’s cousin.  Now that we try to split our holidays with in-laws, unfortunately we only get to spend about every other Thanksgiving with her.  Yes, our great grandmother still has living cousins!

One of Doris’s specialties is cranberry-orange relish.  I am generally not a cranberry person, so I usually pass on the relish.  But everyone else always raves about it!  And I can tell you, it definitely looks a lot better than that can-shaped gelatin stuff.

As I was making this the other day, the boys were watching me and tasting ingredients.  To my surprise they really liked the fresh cranberries by themselves.  When it came time to try the finished product, they were both very hesitant, almost refusing.  But as soon as the first little morsel hit their tongues, their mouths turned up in huge smiles, and they gulped down the rest of the spoonful.

The key (and benefit) to this recipe is that it should be made the day before.  Not only does the resting time let the flavors meld together and mellow out, but who doesn’t appreciate a make-ahead Thanksgiving dish?  I made mine on Monday—that’s a week-and-a-half before Thanksgiving.  No problem!  I just tossed it into the freezer and will put it back in the fridge a day or two before the big feast.

Cranberry-Orange Relish
2 oranges, peeled, seeded, and quartered
1-12 oz. pkg. cranberries
1 c. crushed or chunk pineapple, drained
2 c. sugar

Place orange pieces, cranberries, and pineapple if using chunks in food processor.  Pulse until chopped to desired texture.

Transfer to bowl.  Stir in crushed pineapple if using and sugar.

Refrigerate overnight.  Yield:  about 5 cups.

There will be a lot of air bubbles in the freshly chopped
and stirred relish.  A night in the fridge will transform
the foamy mixture into...
...a colorful, appetizing turkey accompaniment.

1 comment:

StaceyN said...

Oh, how fun, and what a pretty color cranberries make everything! My sis makes something similar every Thanksgiving, and we love it.

My family really likes cranberries in just about everything. I was feeling brave last night and ventured into our construction-zone Wal-Mart (being converted into a Super-Wal-Mart) with all four kiddos and left with two bags of fresh cranberries (and only a small portion of my sanity still intact).

Today looks like a great day to bake and use up those two hard-earned bags of cranberries, with snow falling outside the window and the house so toasty warm.

BTW, my picky toddler likes whole, raw cranberries, too. Bleck! Kids are so weird.

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