This Cranberry Apple Relish is made with tart cranberries, granny smith apples and are combined with fresh oranges and sugar to make a scrumptious side dish to any holiday table.
When I was growing up we didn’t have anything fancy when it came to the cranberry sauce. It was sliced straight from the can, and I wouldn’t touch it.
Looking back it was just a weird kid thing. I wouldn’t even taste it because it was congealed, and I thought that unless it was Jello, it shouldn’t be jiggly.
The older I got, I tried some and thought “wow, I was missing out!”. We still buy the canned stuff, but every once in a while I like to fancy things up a bit.
Years ago we used to get those free baby magazines in the mail. You know the ones I’m talking about. You usually get a free sample of it in your welcome baby home baggie from the hospital.
You fill out the card and receive it in the mail every month until your baby is a year old. They give you lots of advice from why your baby may be crying all night to how to handle the first week with a new born.
Anyway. In one particular copy closer to the holiday months, there was a recipe for a recipe that was kid approved. At the time Kelsie wasn’t quite a year old yet, so I just ripped it out and stuck it into my box of recipes.
I ran across it when she was about five and made it. We all enjoyed it. So much in fact, that it became a snack. I mean it’s a healthy snack, right? Cranberries, apples, and oranges, that’s healthy! (don’t pay attention to the sugar, haha)
That cranberry apple relish recipe got stuck back in the box, being forgotten, until this year. I ran across it looking for another recipe, and had to pull it out and make it. It’s too easy not too. The most work you do is waiting on the sugar to work it’s magic.
Can I use frozen cranberries?
Yes, just thaw and drain prior. You don’t really want all the extra liquid from them thawing.
My advice, I would put them in a colander, placed into a bowl, and allow them to thaw out all the way.
Can I use something other than apple?
You could use pear! I love pears this time of the year, and it would go perfectly with the cranberries.
Just don’t use canned pears. Fresh would be best. Also, you will have to peel the pears, unlike the apple.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes! I’ve made it two days in advance. The flavors really meld together when you do this.
Just note that your apples will most likely be pink, from absorbing the color from the cranberries.
No food processor?
No problem! I use my Ninja.
If you don’t have something similar – you could always pick up a cheap manual food chopper.
Can I freeze this?
I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Winter get togethers
What pairs well with it?
- 4 medium Granny Smith apple cored
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 small oranges peeled and sectioned
- 1 cup sugar
- Using a food processor with coarse blades, coarsely chop a small amount of the apples, cranberries, and oranges at a time into about 1/4 inch pieces.
- In a large bowl combine the chopped fruit and sugar.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
- Stir before serving
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 57g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 48g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g