Fresh Cranberry Relish


I love fresh cranberries.

I can eat them raw straight from the bag.  I love how they just pop in my mouth.  

Then the sour...oh ya the sour punch hits!  Love.

This will be the easiest thing I will prepare for my Thanksgiving Dinner. 

Start to finish is 10 minutes tops and that includes clean up.  Clean up may take a little longer, if you lick the bowl clean like I do.

You will need one bag of fresh cranberries,  1 cup frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup orange marmalade, 2 apples and 1/2 - 1 cup sugar.

Wash the cranberries.

Sort through the raspberries and take out any that are shriveled or going bad.  

It seems like every bag has a few nasty cranberries hanging out.  You will find even more nasty ones
if you buy your bag of cranberries from Costco.  What's the deal with that?  I swear (not always, but every now and then) last week I bought a bag of cranberries from Costco (a HUGE bag).  I probably tossed 1/3 of the bag.  They were probably last years cranberries.  Shouldn't this bag last me through Thanksgiving at least?

I know, I should have returned the bag, but that is a process in itself.


Place the cranberries in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.

Add the frozen raspberries.

Adding the raspberries to the relish keeps it bright and red.

Add the sugar.  I like to start with 1/2 cup because I like my relish tart, but most people like the full cup because they like a sweeter cranberries with their turkey.  

Your choice.  I won't judge.

Add 1/2 cup orange marmalade. 

Remember there is a ton of sugar in this marmalade so that will add more sweetness.

Peel, core and chop two apples.  I'm using local Honey Crisp Apples.  

Love them.

Add the chopped apples to the food processor.

Pulse all the ingredients together.

Process until you get the desired consistency that you want.  

I like to leave some larger chunks of the cranberries...because (see above statement).

Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Taste to see if you would like to add more sugar.  

You will notice that the relish may seem a little gritty from the sugar.  Do not worry that sugar will dissolve and be perfect before you serve your dinner.

My desired consistency.

Eat a few spoonfuls, just to make sure it's perfect.

See how bright and fresh.  

Canned cranberries cannot even compare to the bright flavor of fresh relish.  

I just need a spoon and I'm happy.

 Fresh Cranberry Relish

1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
2 apples (tart) peeled and diced
½ cup orange marmalade

Combine ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.  Pulse ingredients until finely chopped.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  Can be made a day in advance.

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Fresh cranberries will change your Thanksgiving dinner. Fresh Cranberries will change your life!


  1. Wow...I love the colour and texture..Even though i love to try, sadly i could n't find cranberries here..:(

  2. Oh my! You are so far away from me. Just think you have ALL those wonderful spices that I can't get in Utah. I'm so happy to follow your wonderful Indian food blog.

  3. This stuff was amazing!! I had my family slathering it on their turkey, rolls, and toast the morning after Thanksgiving! :) Thank you for all of your beautiful recipes.

  4. I know! I just eat it with a spoon!

  5. Thank you for this recipe..I can not wait to make it.

    I wonder how it would be heated??


  6. I made this for Thanksgiving and all I can say is YUM! Thanks so much for such delicious recipes!

  7. Agree totally about Costco's cranberries. Will never purchase them there again.

  8. I can't wait to make this recipe for Thanksgiving this year. Anything you post here is guaranteed to be wonderful! Stefanee Jessop

    1. Thanks, Stef. Sorry I'm so late responding, but I'm sure you noticed that you can eat a bowl full with a spoon. I love this stuff.