Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Relish

This bright and tangy relish is a nice alternative to cranberry sauce and can be whipped up in a food processor in minutes.

Photo: Hector Sanchez

Up your Thanksgiving game.

Cranberry sauce is a staple for every Thanksgiving spread. What better way to top tender slices of turkey than with a dollop of this sweet, tangy sauce? After all the effort put into preparing the meal, setting the table, and entertaining company, sometimes it’s easier to take a shortcut and serve store-bought canned cranberry sauce on your favorite Thanksgiving platter. There’s no gambling with the canned stuff either—it’s perpetually a crowd-pleaser.

Ditch canned cranberries this year, and opt for a new recipe to complement your mains and sides. Switch things up by adding a zesty cranberry relish to your spread. This make-ahead dish won’t add on to your Thanksgiving meal-prep duties, but it will add some serious flavor to your feast. A tangy cranberry relish is sure to dazzle your guests’ taste buds.

Better yet, our recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes—no baking or cooking required. All you need is a food processor and four ingredients. Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until combined, and refrigerate until ready to use. The orange and lemon add notes of bright flavor to the fresh cranberries, and the sugar adds extra sweetness. Guests will be going back for seconds of this tasty relish.

One benefit of homemade relish is that you’re in control of what ingredients are added, so there’s no worry of mysterious additives or preservatives. If you love the original recipe, try a Cranberry-Orange Relish with additional ingredients like chopped toasted pecans, which gives interesting texture and takes flavor to a whole other level.  

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Because it’s so easy to make, you can whip up a few extra batches to keep on hand for Thanksgiving leftovers. Flavorful cranberry relish makes a great topper for reheated turkey or greens. Throw it on a turkey sandwich instead of mustard or mayo. Or pair it with fish or chicken.