This Cranberry Relish is the best and easy recipe for a Thanksgiving side dish. It's made with fresh cranberries, apple, orange. Sweeten it with sugar or honey and spice it with ginger and cloves.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
If you are a big cranberries fan like me, you will love this relish recipe! It's bursting with flavors from the fresh cranberries, apples and oranges. I spice it with cloves and ginger and sweeten it with sugar or honey. This relish is a perfect holiday side dish idea that can be prepared last minute as it only takes 10 minutes to make.
I serve this relish with Roasted Turkey Breast or Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are hosting a party, this relish can be served with crostini, sliced baguette, pita chips, etc.
- cranberries: fresh, not frozen;
- apple: adds texture and natural sweetness;
- orange: citrus pairs so well with cranberrries and gives it that holiday flavor;
- sugar or honey: to balance the tart flavor from fresh cranberries;
- spices: ground cloves and ground ginger.
How to make Cranberry Relish?
- Start by chopping each fruit in a food processor. I used a mini food processor and chopped cranberries first, then apples and then orange.
- Mix everything with sugar and spices.
- Serve right away or cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
While cranberry relish is best served the same day it is prepared, fresh relish can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. It may release juice while it refrigerates which will collect at the bottom, so keep that in mind.
For the best texture, I recommend using fresh cranberries. Frozen and thawed berries will make the relish watery.
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- 12 oz fresh cranberries
- 1 apple Granny Smith, Gala, etc.
- 1 small orange
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Place fruit in a food processor and process until finely chopped. If you are using a small food processor, chop one fruit at a time. If you are using a large food processor, you can chop cranberries, apple and orange (seeds removed, peel on) together.
- Place chopped fruit in a mixing bowl.
- Add sugar and spices. Stir together.
- Serve relish right away or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Make sure to wash cranberries, apple and orange well before chopping.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
So many flavors I love in one dish! Wonderful recipe!
Sara Welch says
What a great looking relish! This will be beautiful on my Thanksgiving table this year!
Krissy Allori says
This kicks up the usual cranberry side to a new level. I just loved it and thought it was so easy to make. I'll be adding it to the menu this year for sure.
This was the perfect side dish to make because it would be made ahead of time! Definitely freed up some time in the kitchen on party day!
Thank you, Beth!
This was fantastic and super easy to make!
Thank you, Stephanie!