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November 25, 2008

Countdown to Thanksgiving: cranberry relish.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — akcb @ 2:44 am


My family doesn’t do cooked cranberry sauces. This is the the cranberry dish in our house. My granny made it, my mother makes and now so do I. It’s ridiculously easy and can be made several days in advance and tastes even better as it ages. Also, you get to use a meat grinder! Or the equivalent Kitchenaid attachment. I suppose you could use a food processor though I can’t vouch for the results.

  • 1 12oz bag cranberries
  • 1 unpeeled orange, preferably seedless
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Slice orange into eigths. Remove seeds if not seedless. Run cranberries and orange pieces through fine blade of a meat grinder. Mix in sugar and as many chopped pecans as you like. Chill and store covered in fridge until ready to eat. You can serve in a cut crystal bowl or vintage tupperware, preferably one in burnt orange. These are your only options.


  1. I’m all over that stuff, thanks to my mom. I think her recipe also has apple chunks in it.

    Sadly, I can’t get Sarah excited about it (she’s tried my mom’s version). I think she thinks the bitterness the orange peel adds tips the scale toward tart too much.

    But I dig it!

    Comment by cliff1976 — November 25, 2008 @ 4:15 am

  2. A food processor works great, I make this every year.

    Comment by DLC — November 25, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  3. This is my family recipe for the obligatory Thanksgiving cranberry dish:

    1 can of jellied cranberry

    Cut into slices.

    Comment by Mo — November 25, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  4. Happy turkey day! I get to work at UW211 Thursday & Friday and it’s time and a half. You know I love me some cash!

    Comment by Jay — November 27, 2008 @ 2:47 am

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