Cranberry Relish Recipe

Ben WellerOur family Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without my son-in-law’s cranberry relish recipe that grinds in oranges with the cranberries. This flavor combination of sweet and tartness is a refreshing balance to compliment your Thanksgiving meal.  No cooking is involved in making this delightful and delicious relish.  Not to mention it is one of our favorite leftover ingredients for a turkey sandwich!

Ben Weller, my son-in-law, makes this wonderful Cranberry Relish for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner every year.  When young, he used the traditional method of grinding with an old hand-crank grinder, but now he uses a food processor.  It is amazing how delicious this cranberry relish is as the sugar balances the tartness of the raw cranberries.  His mother, Joan Weller, told me (in confidence) that have her son make this relish was her way of keeping her son busy and out of the way when she was fixing the holiday dinner.

So, forget those canned cranberry sauces and make this easy-to-make Cranberry Relish for your family and friends.

Cranberry Relish in a bowl with orange garnish

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Cranberry Relish Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Relish Recipe
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
  • 2 oranges, unpeeled and sliced into 8 pieces
  • 1 (2-pound) package fresh cranberries*
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or Triple Sec (optional)
  1. Feed the oranges and cranberries through a meat grinder (use small grate).  NOTE:  If you are careful, you can use your food processor, but do not over grind.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine ground oranges, ground cranberries, sugar, and Grand Marnier or Triple Sec.  Sprinkle a little extra sugar over the top.

  3. Cover and refrigerator for at least 1 day (the longer you refrigerate, the better the taste).

  4. Best served chilled.

  5. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Recipe Notes

*  Discard any cranberries that are soft, shriveled, withered, or discolored, and remove any stems. They should be shiny and plump and range in color from bright light red to dark red.  One 12-ounce bag equals approximately three cups of whole berries.

More Interesting and Delicious Cranberry Recipes:

Cranberry Sauce with Raspberry Vinaigrette
This traditional cranberry sauce is enhanced by raspberry vinegar.  Very delicious!

Cranberry Holiday Spread
This delicious holiday spread is very easy to make and is sure to delight your family and friends.  Makes a great appetizer to serve before your large Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Cranberry Salsa Dip
This fantastic recipe was shared with me by Carol Reich of Hillsboro, Oregon.  Carol won a Dip Contest on the Satellite Sisters Radio Show with this outstanding and also beautiful-to-look-at recipe.

Cranberry-Jalapeno Granita
This granita would be delicious served during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Granitas are as cool and delicious as ice cream, but they are much lighter, more refreshing, and a lot easier to make.

Zucchini Cranberry Bread with Pecans
Here is a very pretty quick bread to make now and then freeze for later use.  During the holidays, you will be very thankful to have a few of these loaves in your freezer to give as gifts and to serve your guests.  This is also a great recipe to use those “large” zucchini that seem to grow overnight!

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