Updated: Nov 24, 2021
This cranberry relish is full of flavor, simplicity and of course, loaded with healthy benefits. It is a great condiment to serve with turkey, pork, or a cheese platter. Cranberry relish will brighten up any holiday table.
The holiday season is here and for me it's all about festive food with friends and family gathering together. I love Thanksgiving so much and it is truly my favorite American holiday even with all the hassle that comes with it. I love the fact that even people who never pay attention to the food they consume on a daily basis are thinking about food items for their holiday dinner menus.
How lovely to hear them share and make the recipes that have been around in their families for generations. How perfectly sweet it is to my ears.
Unfortunately I have no traditional family recipes to pass along, so all my recipes I use are based on my present family's preferences and those that emulate my deep respect of the American tradition about this day.
Today I want to share with you, my friends, the easiest dish, or rather a condiment for Thanksgiving dinner. It is probably the easiest recipe you have ever read from me. Having a newborn has me desiring quick and easy recipes.
The idea of this simple and healthy condiment came to me from my last thanksgiving dinner that I hosted. I had made everything from scratch as usual, which of course included the cranberry sauce. But one of my friends insisted that she bring her famous relish that she eats for her breakfast year round. Yes, old-fashioned cranberry relish, and I thought no one would eat it and oh boy was I wrong! Yep, her condiment dish with its beautiful bright color of the berries was devoured way before the glossy homemade cranberry sauce. With a few minor changes and cleaner ingredients, I came up with a simple and truly delish cranberry relish recipe.
Cranberries are one of my favorite foods and there are so many reasons to love these berries. They can help keep away UTI's and also provide protection to the lining of your gut by keeping pathogens at bay. I believe that food is medicine and cranberries are super fruits loaded with a multitude of healthy benefits!
My previous blogs with cranberries
Cranberries - fresh or frozen, one bag
Pineapple - chopped fresh pineapple or one can of pineapple tidbits
Walnuts - chopped walnuts, or pecans will work beautifully
Celery - minced celery heart
Honey - any kind honey will do, light, fruity suits best
Zest of tangerine or orange
Let's do it...
Prep time: 5 minutes
Making time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
1lb cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 plus1/2 cups of pineapple tidbits (fresh or canned)
1 plus1/4 cups of celery heart minced
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
A few tangerines, or one orange for zesting only
1/3 cup of honey (more if you desire a sweeter taste)
Place a little saucepan on low heat, add the cranberries and honey. Let them get soft and not overly cooked, just enough to soften the berries, which should take 1- 2 minutes.
2. Then with a potato masher, smash the berries and if some stay whole, it's ok.
3. Remove from heat add celery, walnuts, pineapple and zest.
4. Mix all together. That's it! I told you it's easy!
Enjoy! Don't forget about garnish!