Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fresh Cranberry Relish - Kick the Can

When it comes to Thanksgiving my family is very traditional. The meal is always turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce. 3 or 4 years ago I found this recipe for cranberry sauce and slipped it in on them. We haven't seen a can of cranberry sauce since. It is so simple and flavorful. Try it and you will kick the can to the curb. This recipe is based on Tyler Florence's Cranberry Relish. The picture above is my dog Bo (and if you look closely the nose of Zoe) giving his approval of the Thanksgiving choice of meats.

Fresh Cranberry Relish
2 12oz bags of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 orange, zested and juiced

Put everything in a food processor and pulse it until finely chopped. Put in bowl and let it set in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. I usually make this the day before and let it sit in the fridge. You can reserve some of the orange zest for a garnish.


  1. Whats not to love about this relish, cranberries and orange are a match made in heaven... I use Amaretto will have to give this a try, boy my mom loved Grand Marnier' she would have gone nuts over this one... They cooked so plain in those days noone thought of these gourmet addtions. Your dog a smart one, he knows whats good, you guys have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving....! Cheers~

  2. The Grand Marnier is such a nice touch! My sister boycotted adding orange to the cranberry sauce this year :(. Happy Thanksgiving!!!! And I hope you are recovering!

  3. I love the Grand Marnier with this, gives an old dish a new twist.
    I am recovering well. Today I got to take the bandages off and I am walking without crutches. Just got to work the muscles now so the knee isn't so stiff.

  4. I love your pups in the top cute! And your relish looks darn tasty!

  5. Wow, it doesn't get much easier than that. Love the blog and am now a happy follower!

  6. I would never have thought to add Grand Marnier. This would make my mom very happy! She loves it, and I bet it adds wonderful flavor.