Monday, November 24, 2008

My Great Grandma's Cranberry Relish

With the shops already full of Christmas trees and obnoxious computer simulated elves blaring "music" everywhere, its easy to forget that there is still a holiday in between us and December 25th.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I love a chance to stop and reflect on all the many things I have to be thankful for. I can't think of anything better to meditate on in the midst of everything life throws at me.

And of course, each Thanksgiving meal is unique to the household it is served in. In my family, one of the dishes I most look forward to is my Grandma's cranberry relish. This year I asked her for the recipe and was surprised to discover it actually originated with my Grandpa's mother, and it only has three ingredients. She uses a hand grater to make this deliciously crunchy, tart, gorgeously red relish, but I used my brand new Cuisinart and it took about five minutes total. You can also freeze it so you'll have at least one thing done ahead of time! It is perfect with turkey and mashed potatoes.

Great Grandma A's Cranberry Relish

2 bags fresh cranberries
2 navel oranges
4 cups sugar (start with half this amount and adjust to your personal taste)

Chop the whole oranges into cubes and dice in food processor. (The peel gives this an extraordinary tang and tartness) Put diced orange pulp into a large mixing bowl. Rinse cranberries and dice them in the food processor. Mix with orange pulp. Add sugar to taste, chill, garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and serve.


corine @ hidden in france said...

I was looking for a recipe online and happened to find the perfect one while reading your blog!

corine said...

Wait.. don't you cook this? Your recipe doesn't say.

The Fab Miss B said...

No need to cook it! That's probably my favorite part. If you have a food processor, this should take you five minutes. Just chop, dump it all together, chill (or not) and serve!

Apt. #34 said...

Man, I really could have used this at Thanksgiving - my first attempt at the dinner - I'm trying it next year for sure :)

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