I have never tried to make anything from fresh cranberries. I love cranberry sauce and dried cranberries. While shopping last week I found myself reaching for a small container of them in the produce department. I was not sure what they even tasted like fresh. I imagined something sweet and crisp. Well, the crisp part was right but the sweet…UM…NO. It was a tart little thing!
This set me back a few days. I had to ponder and really think whether I was going to take time out of my busy week to devote to something I wasn't even sure my family or I would like. So they watched me from the counter for a few days.
On Tuesday I was cleaning the kitchen and accidentally knocked the container on the floor. Not only did I knock them on the floor, but they hit the dogs water bowl on the way down. I thought about crying but then I laughed. I don't think I could have done that again if I tried. I had cranberries and water all over my kitchen floor. Do you know how hard it is to walk with cranberries all over the place…LOL
I gathered them up and washed them and decided that our day had come and they needed to be used. I saw my oranges on the counter and I vaguely remember chatter from family and friends about a relish that used these two ingredients. I went in search and found that out of the gazillion recipes I found, they were all the same with a few additions here and there. Some added apples or cinnamon.
It took me no time at all to whip this up and I am SOOOOO glad that I did. I let it sit in my fridge for two days and decided to give it a try. Well, lets be honest, I encouraged my hubby to try it first. I already had the first taste of a fresh cranberry and was not looking forward to another pucker moment.
He loved it! This encouraged me to try it myself. Yes, it's true…two English Muffins later I can promise you that this is something I will forever be making for the Turkey Holiday season. My mouth was loving the flavors and the texture.
In fact I will be going to the store today to buy more ingredients so that we have enough for next week.
Recipe: Cranberry Orange Relish
1.5-2 cups of fresh cranberries, not frozen
1/2 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of blanched almonds
I used a mini chopper and blended my cranberries until they were finely chopped. You want small pieces.
I zested my whole orange with a fine grater. This yielded me about 2 T. spoons. I then cut the orange in half and , over my bowl, took the meat of the orange out with my fingers and let the juice run into the bowl. I did not use any rind, pulp or seeds.
Add the sugar and almonds. Stir to blend well. I chose to refrigerate mine for two days so that the flavors could blend, sweeten up and the almonds had a chance to absorb some of the juice.
You can warm this up before serving or serve chilled.