Orange Cranberry Relish

Thanksgiving, our country’s only holiday specifically devoted to having a meal with loved ones. This was the first Thanksgiving I did not celebrate with family, but was grateful to spend the day with people I love like family. I have a lot to be thankful for, and every day I say a little prayer of gratitude for the many blessings in my life. Thursday I also gave thanks that I did not host or cook a feast!

We were invited to dinner with friends in Los Feliz who we call “The Awesomes.” The husband made his favorite chorizo cornbread stuffing and I browned Brussles sprouts with caramelized onions. Our hosts told me there would be no cranberry sauce, “because no one eats it.” I could not imagine Thanksgiving without, so I also brought my grandma’s orange and cranberry relish, which takes all of three minutes to make and tastes bright and fresh next to the richness of everything else. And the COLOR!

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The food was fantastic, the turkey was cooked to juicy perfection, I tasted my first cake balls and mac and cheese muffins, and laughed all day long. I hope everyone else had a great day, too. I am thankful for YOU!

Orange Cranberry Relish

1 bag cranberries
1 whole orange, peel on
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Wash cranberries. Cut orange into wedges, then smaller pieces. Combine cranberries and orange in food processor. Add sugar and blend. Add chopped walnuts and process a few seconds more. Can be made ahead.

I eat it by the spoonful. I think the leftovers will taste amazing in my oatmeal.

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9 Comments on “Orange Cranberry Relish

  1. I’m Thankful for you and your blog . As always, I love everything you cook . your Feast sounded great . I’m happy to say I also make this cranberry & orange relish . Makes my mouth pucker and is delicious. Carry on ! Love those traditions . Auntie M*

    • I didn’t know you make this recipe! It is so simple and delicious, I want it every year. I know some people make cooked sauces and chutneys, but this is so deliciously fresh. I thought it was an old family recipe for the longest time, until I saw it printed on the back of the bag of cranberries a few years ago :) We thought about you, hope you had a great holiday! Love, love, love you!

  2. I make a similar cranberry, actually I make two, one cooked, instead of walnuts I use ginger and I leave it a bit chunkier.

  3. Our family has been making a version similar to this for eons as well. Ours includes raspberry jello powder. Yum!

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  5. I want you to know that I love this recipe and I’m so glad that you’ve posted it here for my reference! I can’t wait til the next installment of Oranges and Avocados xoxoxo

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