Fresh cranberries have always been a favorite of mine, even when I was a child. While the other assorted cousins in my family wrinkled their noses, I would be at the table helping myself to a heaping bowl of this easy cranberry relish recipe. I could say this is a “secret family recipe” passed down from my mom. The truth is although my mom made this for years, I think she got the recipe from the back of a bag of cranberries. After I began hosting the extended family for Thanksgiving and having a dinner for family on Christmas Eve, I took over the making of the cranberry relish. It’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan so it meets all the criteria for special diets in our family, but it tastes so good no one realizes it is an allergy-friendly dish.
Easy 3 Ingredient Cranberry Relish Recipe
Did I mention how much I love this recipe because it takes three ingredients and five minutes from start to finish to make? It’s the simplest recipe of all my holiday dishes to prepare. While it can be eaten as soon as it is prepared, I suggest allowing it to set in the fridge for 24 hours for the flavors to meld. It goes well with ham, turkey or chicken. It’s also easily adaptable for different tastes. I prefer mine to have a sweet taste so I often add an extra 1/4 cup of sugar. If you prefer the mixture to be less tart, use 1/4 cup less sugar than called for in the recipe. Tip: Remove the orange peel before you begin. You can add grated orange peel to the top for garnish if desired.
- 2 cups whole cranberries use 1 (16 ounces) package
- 2 cups (16 ounces) granulated sugar
- 2 medium to large oranges, cut into fourths and seeds removed
- Important! Before you begin to make the recipe, grate the orange peel from the oranges. Set aside. Add the package of cranberries, sugar, and oranges into a blender or food processor. Process or blend until mixture is finely chopped. Pour into serving bowl and top with grated orange peel. This is best when flavors are allowed to meld for 24 hours. Serve chilled.
What is your favorite easy recipe or side dish to prepare for Thanksgiving or Christmas?