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Nov 9, 2004 07:07 AM

Cranberry Relish

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I was just given 2 lbs. of cranberries I thought I would make a relish. Does anyone have a good simple recipe. I'd prefer one without nuts. Also how long will it keep in the refrigerator? Thanks

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    Alexandra Halsey

    For Thanksgiving the past few years my family has had this Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce from epicurious.

    It's really easy to make, looks great, and you can freeze it and defrost with no noticeable effect on taste/texture. Not sure how long it would last in the fridge.



    1. k

      The one my mother uses is about as simple as it gets: one bag of cranberries, one apple (cored, but not peeled), and one orange (not peeled). Run everything through coarse die on grinder. Add sugar to taste (we usually use less than a cup, but it depends on the apple). Make 24 hours ahead so the flavors can blend. I'm not sure how long it will last in the fridge because, well, it never lasts very long around our house, but it does freeze well. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving or Christmas without it!

      1. Here's a recipe I tried last year and am totally hooked now on fresh cranberry relish...will never go back to the canned stuff (but it's good as a sauce over meatballs) on the table. Very easy, too.

        Cabernet Cranberries

        1 - 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
        1 - cup cabernet sauvignon wine (any good drinkable kind is fine -- Coastal Ridge 2001 is very lovely and under $10, along with Trinity Oaks 2000, BV 2001 is also very nice, just trying to throw out some decent ones, all from California)
        1 cup sugar
        2 teaspoons freshly grated orange or tangerine zest (tangerine is SO great here), orange part only!
        1 - 3" cinnamon stick

        In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the wine and sugar, heating til sugar is dissolved. Then add the cranberries, zest and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer, COVERING PARTIALLY with a lid. Cook til all the cranberries have popped, about 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to stand & cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick and discard. (But try licking & sucking the sauce off the stick, it's a blast and a guilty pleasure.) You can serve it at this point OR refrigerate til ready to use. You can serve it chilled but I think flavors are much better warmed up.

        1. This is my absolute favorite. It is credited to the mother-in-law of NPR's Susan Stamberg. It has become a Thanksgiving tradition that she read it on air. Follow the link for more information.

          Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Recipe
          2 cups raw cranberries
          1 small onion
          1/2 cup sugar
          3/4 cup sour cream
          2 tablespoons horseradish

          Grind together the cranberries and onion, add the remaining ingredients and mix. Put in a plastic container and freeze. On Thanksgiving morning, move the mixture to the refrigerator to thaw.
          Makes 1 1/2 pints.


          1. This is my most favorie relish. Bourbon, sugar, and a little cinnamon.

            I don't know how long it would keep, but I think fairly long. Cranberries are acidic, and I'm sure the booze and the sugar help also.