Cranberry-Orange Relish

Add a splash of vibrant color and a burst of tangy sweetness to your holiday table with this homemade Cranberry-Orange Relish. Combining the tartness of cranberries with the zesty flavor of fresh oranges, this relish is an effortless yet delightful addition to any meal. Quick to prepare and wonderfully versatile, it's the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes, enhancing them with its unique and refreshing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 package cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium orange, quartered and seeded
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar

Instructions

Begin by preparing your cranberries; if they’re frozen, allow them to thaw slightly. Next, take a medium-sized orange, quarter it, and remove any seeds. Now, it’s time to blend these core ingredients. Place both the cranberries and the orange quarters (yes, peel included for that extra zest) into your food processor. Pulse the mixture until it’s evenly chopped, but be careful not to over-process. You’re aiming for a chunky texture, not a puree.

Once you’ve achieved the desired consistency, transfer the mixture to a bowl. Here comes the sweet part: stir in sugar. Start with 3/4 cup and adjust according to your taste, up to 1 cup if you prefer a sweeter relish. Mix well until the sugar is fully incorporated.

The final step is crucial for the flavors to meld beautifully. Refrigerate your relish for several hours before serving. This waiting period allows the sugar to draw out the natural juices, deepening the flavors. Remember, this relish can also be frozen for later use, making it a convenient make-ahead dish. Serve it as a refreshing accompaniment to your meals and enjoy the burst of citrusy cranberry flavors!

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