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Nov 20, 2011 09:08 PM

Excess cranberry orange relish -- ideas to repurpose?

I just made the cranberry orange relish for Thanksgiving. But it's clear to me that I've made twice what we'll need. I'm looking for recipes to use the excess. I'm thinking maybe a quick bread recipe or a sweet breakfast bread pudding?

Any ideas?

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  1. I'm not sure what your cranberry orange relish looks like, but these are the ideas off the top of my head. No recipes, but the sort of thing I would improvise in the kitchen. (Except for the vodka. I've never made infused vodka, so no idea if that works.)

    Cranberry-orange-infused vodka.
    Cook with sugar and make into an ice cream topping.
    In or with pancakes.
    Pork with cranberry orange sauce.
    Mixed with cream cheese (or another soft cheese) and honey and served on a bagel or Hawaiian bread, with or without ham.
    Dehydrate, if the pieces are big enough, and turn into some sort of snack food.
    Drop some in the next time you cook rice.

    5 Replies
    1. re: FoodPopulist

      you can't do the vodka with a prepared product like relish -- for infused vodka, you'd have to start with fresh cranberries and orange peel.

      But the rest of them would be great!

      1. re: sunshine842

        The recipes I've seen for cranberry relish don't seem to cook anything, so I wasn't sure it was possible. The next idea would be to blend them, add orange or cranberry juice, and mix directly with vodka.

        1. re: FoodPopulist

          My favorite is in yogurt. Perfect balance and great for breakfast or dessert.

          1. re: Helene Goldberg

            On yogurt was also my first thought. Yum.

          2. re: FoodPopulist

            It's the sugar, nuts, etc., etc., that throws it all off.

      2. It is really good in oatmeal. I imagine you could use it as the fruit and sugar in a quick bread

        1. The breakfast bread pudding sounds good. As does the quick bread.
          or, you could cook it up (is it the raw stuff?), adding more sugar, and making a jam. Seal in a jar with a water bath.

          1. As a spread on your turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving.

            Mixed with soft cheeses as a spread for nibbies before dinner.

            1. i'd get some pie dough (or use pillsbury dough and leave as a sheet), then slice some brie cheese and place all over the dough, then spread some of your relish all over that, then sprinkle some sliced almonds over that...then roll into a spiral log and slice and bake for pinwheels.

              <<personally, i think i'd like some prosciutto in there, too. or smoked turkey would be good, as well.>>

              essentially this is similar in flavors and textures to the baked brie concept where the relish (sweetened with sugar) is put on top or in the middle of the brie before it is wrapped in the puff pastry and baked. you could do that, too.
              personally, i think i'd like some prosciutto in there, too. or smoked turkey would be good, as well.