The Easiest And Best Cranberry Relish Recipe

Thanksgiving is now past, but cranberry season is still with us. Making your own using this recipe is almost as easy as opening a can, and it tastes 10 times as good. Really, your guests will never remark how good your jellied cranberry sauce is (ugh). Whole cranberry sauce in a can is a little better, but not by much.

I have a recipe to share for the best cranberry relish you could ever eat. It’s amazingly simple to make and good to eat. Here’s what I used:

1 package of fresh cranberries (brand is unimportant)
1 whole fresh orange (I used a navel orange, but a juice orange with the seeds removed will do)
1/2 cup white sugar (you can use more or less, depending on how sweet you like your sauce)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (Diamond walnuts in the shell was on sale for $4.99, but I think the unshelled for $8.99 was a better deal because there’s no nut-cracking and no shell waste)

cranberry sauce

Just a few nice, simple ingredients.

The first thing I do is to wash the cranberries (natch), and put them in a shallow pot. I prefer wide cookware because the bottom distributes heat more evenly and there’s less burning. I am so remiss when things are on the stove.

Next, I cut the ends off the orange and cut it into eighths or so. If the orange has any seeds I remove those. The next part is a little weird. I take the whole orange, peel and all, and put it into my blender with a little water and let ‘er rip. I tried making cranberry sauce with orange juice, and it was okay. But cranberries cooked with whole orange peel has a lot more zing.

I add the orange pulp and water to the cranberries and the sugar. You can add the walnuts before cooking or after.

cranberry orange sauce

Five minutes of preparation and you’re done.

 And here’s your end product: cranberry orange sauce that’s beyond drool-worthy. You don’t have to add another thing. Just let it cool and serve. Bon appetit!

Delicious cranberry orange relish with walnuts.

Delicious cranberry orange relish with walnuts.

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  1. Sounds amazing, have you considered trying this with other nuts?

  2. I haven’t tried other nuts because walnuts have the right crunchiness even after cooking. Maybe sliced almonds on the top is an option I could try.

  3. This may be something to try for next Thanksgiving, I would have not thought about putting nuts in cranberry relish!

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