Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget the cranberries!

We have only been here for a short while and perhaps you have too, or maybe you just found our blog and are reading this for the first time many months or even years after it was posted. No matter what the case may be, I just wanted to take moment and say on this Thanksgiving Day how thankful we are to have you here. Without you, we would just be a blog full of a bunch of unread words!

Before I run off and spend a nice relaxing day with my family, I just wanted to share a quick recipe for a cranberry orange relish. Perhaps you have seen this one before – it has been around for a long time. If you haven’t, maybe it will be the start of a new cranberry tradition. I have the folks at Ocean Spray to thank for it – the recipe was on the bag of cranberries for a long time and we have been making it in our family for well over 25 years! It is a great alternative to the usual cranberry sauce and with only three ingredients, it couldn’t be easier or faster to make.

Cranberry Orange Relish

  • 1 12 ounce bag of cranberries
  • 1 orange seeded an cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar

Place half of the cranberries and half of the orange into a food processor and pulse it to chop the cranberries well, but not to the point that they become mushy. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the second half of the cranberries and the orange.

Next, stir in the sugar until it is dissolved and refrigerate until you are ready to eat it.


  • As I recall, the original recipe called for the orange to remain unpeeled. We prefer the orange flavor to be a bit more subtle and choose to peel it before adding it. If you prefer a greater orange intensity, then the unpeeled method is the one for you! Also, to save time we use a navel orange instead of removing seeds.
  • I have found that the overall sweetness of the cranberries can vary from one year to the next depending on the crop. Rather than dumping in the three quarters or full cup of sugar, I recommend you start with a half a cup and taste test before adding more. Many times I have found that the half cup is just right – if not, I slowly up the amount one eight of a cup at a time until the desire sweetness is reached.

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