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Scrumptious cranberry orange relish recipe. It makes a great turkey accompaniment for Thanksgiving. But, it is also makes a great dessert or a topping on pound cake or ice cream.
Years ago we used to go to this little tea room for lunch. Every Sunday they would roast several turkeys and serve real turkey and stuffing with a wonderful gravy (oh the good old days). The highlight of that meal however, was the delicious cranberry sauce beautifully splashed over the plate. There were scatterings of whole cranberries, chunks of orange with rinds and it had the most wonderful taste. I always wanted the recipe, but it was their secret and they were not about to divulge it to me.
A couple of years later they sold the restaurant and the proprietor who took it over, wrote a cookbook of all the tea room’s recipes. There on the very last page was the recipe for the cranberry sauce. At last. Now, I plan on sharing it with you!
Originally, I made this relish as a cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving turkey. One time I accidentally put in too many orange slices. When I blended it and them mixed in the cranberries, it didn’t taste like cranberry sauce anymore, it tasted like a a sweet and tangy dessert.
The combination of oranges and cranberries is a great taste match. It makes a great garnish for French toast. I use it as a topping for banana splits, cheese cake, fresh peaches, biscuits and so much more. I could go on and on, but once you taste it, I am sure you will find an abundant of uses for this cranberry orange relish recipe.
I have even tried this recipe with a splash of brandy, then ladled over a piece of pound cake. It’s delicious.
Cranberries are a little dynamo of nutrients and flavor. A 1/2 cup of cranberries is a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and vitamins K and E.
Like most berries, cranberries also contain anthocyanins. Which put simply, are antioxidants. An antioxidant, in case you didn’t know, is a molecule capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation of other molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals are what our bodies are exposed to every day in the environment such as pollution, ultra violet rays, preservatives, poor nutrition and the like.
Cranberries are also known to contain properties for urinary tract health. There are several research studies that have shown that the antioxidants in cranberries may help in combatting heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Sounds like you can’t lose by eating cranberries.
Usually, for consumption, cranberries require cooking. They are not all that tasty in their raw form. But, not to worry, they come canned and ready for use.
CRANBERRY ORANGE RELISH RECIPE
- 1-15 oz can of (whole cranberries)
- 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
- 1 small orange, unpeeled
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- Wash and dry the orange well and set aside. Combine the cranberries and the sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
- With peel intact, cut orange into 1/4 slices. Place orange quarters and orange juice in blender. Blend coarsley. Stir orange mixture into cranberries, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.