cranberry and apple relish

Cranberry And Apple Relish

Thanksgiving 2020. Enough said. At least we’ve still got cranberries. I know everyone loves the turkey and the rolls and the taters, but to me, cranberries are the star of Thanksgiving. Ginny put together this cranberry and apple relish as a prelude to the cranberry greatness. It did not disappoint.

orange and cranberry relish from top

Thanksgiving for us this year is going to be a small gathering. It’s probably for the best because my mom just tested positive for COVID two weeks ago. Her main symptom was that she could not taste anything. Fortunately, no one else has come down with any symptoms, but we’re still gonna play it on the safe side.

The biggest challenge for me this time of year (other than avoiding COVID) is to add in some fresh and light foods to the heavy and sweet stuff that fills our bellies and fridges. Of course I love turkey and dressing, pecan pie and rolls as much as anyone else. However, my belt only has six holes. I would have to use a sharp knife and old fashioned techniques to make another one. I’d rather not do that.

Cranberry and apple relish as a side for your rotisserie chicken or smoked turkey is a great way to get in lots of fresh fruits with you holiday meal.

All you need for this recipe is a few apples, some cranberries, an orange, pecans, sugar and cinnamon. You combine these in a food processor and chop them up until you get a smooth base with a lot of chunks.

cranberries pecans apples and oranges

The cranberries we used for this recipe were actually leftovers from long ago. They had been stored in the freezer for some time. I told Ginny that they probably weren’t any good. Not true. I guess this was a lesson in food waste for me. It’s always best to test things out when they’ve been in the freezer for a while because they may still be good.

I have decided to start focusing on reducing my food waste around the house. This is also part of my day job so I guess I should be doing it anyway. For me, one of the most challenging ways to cook is to use what is lying around in the fridge and pantry. Making something delicious out of it can be tricky. I think cooking like this takes a lot of creativity and is also good for the environment because you waste less food.

We usually confine our consumption of cranberries to only Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, there are many ways to include this healthy bog fruit into recipes all year. Dried cranberries make great salad toppings and cranberry compote is perfect for pancakes and waffles. Stay tuned for more holiday recipes.

cranberries up close

Cranberry And Apple Relish

Recipe by JustinCourse: holidays, sides, simple mealsCuisine: HolidaysDifficulty: Easy


Prep time




  • 1.5 cups cranberries

  • 1 apple, chopped roughly

  • 1 orange, peeled and chopped roughly, zested

  • 3/4 cup toasted pecans

  • 1/8 cup sugar

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until you get a smooth base a lots of chunks.

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