Monday, December 22, 2008

My Favorite Holiday Treat...

It just doesn't seem quite like the holidays if I don't make some Cranberry Orange Relish.

I have decided that I need a new name for this because a relish means... Something adding a zestful flavor; a condiment eaten with other food to add flavor.

This is good enough to eat all by itself - just you, a bowl and spoon.  I've never made just one batch a season... usually I make several and almost always in a doubled batch.

This morning I made a single batch - because I only had one bag of cranberries in the fridge and it was snowing outside.

It's easy... wash a package of cranberries.  You want to sort out any that have gone soft and squishy.... I usually find them pretty easy while washing by taking a small amount in my hand and rolling them around.  You'll pick out the soft ones pretty quick.

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This was a 12 oz package which gave me 4 cups - just what I needed.

Grate 1 Tablespoon of orange peel... (this is optional - sometimes I do and sometimes I don't if my oranges aren't pretty)

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Then cut the peel off 2 oranges... I use to peel them by hand and spend a lot of time trying to make sure all the white stuff was removed... but have you ever tasted a fresh cranberry? Exactly... a little bit of orange peel isn't going to make a difference... it will be fine.  Then cube it up - not too small because we are going to throw them in the food processor anyway.  Make sure you remove any seeds.

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Put one cup of walnuts in the food processor and chop.

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Dump those into a big bowl and then add half the cranberries and half the oranges.... pulse to chop. 

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Then do the other half and add that to your bowl.  These cranberries aren't finished yet...

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Add 1 cup of sugar and stir.

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We love to eat it just like this - but boy howdy is it good on ice cream... or cheesecake... or yogurt.  You could mix it with some cream cheese and have a yummy spread or dip for crackers.  You could gift some to a neighbor who will love you forever.  You could use it as a relish and have a little with your holiday meal.... or you could do what my girls and I do and just eat a small bowl of it just like it is... YUM!

Should keep 2 weeks (LOL as if) in the fridge and freezes wonderfully!  Freezing part of the batch is the only way I can stretch it out and not eat it until it's gone!

I modified a recipe from the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book.

  • 4 cups (12 oz. package) washed fresh cranberries
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 TBSP grated orange peel (optional)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts

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Here was desert last night - Vanilla Ice Cream, Cranberry Orange Relish and some Spiced Nuts!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are a way better man than I, Cheryl! I'da used a way bigger bowl for that ice-cream delight!!

I am definately making this! The kids will love it when they finally get here. They are in N.M, as we speak, heading sort of East. LOL

Merry Christmas!