Recipe: Spiced Cranberry and Orange Relish

Holiday Cranberries- A traditional Favorite and tasty new Twists

What’s Thanksgiving without cranberries?  It’s hard to imagine the holiday without these little guys on your plate somewhere between Mom’s mashed potatoes and Aunt Betty’s homemade rolls. For those looking for a new twist, try my variation of this old standard and check out my 5 ideas that I use for the left overs!  It may just inspire you to start a new tradition of your own!


2-12oz. Bags of Fresh Cranberries
2 Seasonal or Farmers Market Oranges (use 3 if they are small) (chopped in a food processor)
1 3/4 cups of Organic Sugar
1 TBSP. Fresh Ginger (sliced thin or grated with a micro plane)
2 Cinnamon STICKS
3 ea. Whole Star Anise
1/2 cup of Water

Place all of the ingredients in a medium pot with a thick base. Bring to a light boil then simmer for 20 minutes stirring only once or twice. Shut it off and let sit for a few minutes before you transfer it to an air tight food storage container. Cool completely then store in fridge. Can prepare a few days in advance and can store it in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

We tend to think of Cranberry Sauce as a condiment for turkey and not much else. But actually, with its sweet tart taste cranberry sauce can be used in a variety of recipes. Since it’s packed with seasonal flavor,  it’s the perfect time to share with you all the things I do with cranberry sauce the day after Thanksgiving!

Here are five simple uses for cranberry sauce left overs:
1) Use it like a jam and spread it on toast. Cranberry sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Store it in a jam jar in the fridge and then pull it out in the mornings to add a festive taste to your toast. It tastes amazing with peanut butter or with cream cheese or on its own as well.
2) Flavor plain yogurt with cranberry sauce. Simply add cranberry sauce a tablespoon or so at a time to your plain yogurt until you get the intensity of flavor that you’d like.
3) Use it as a glaze for poultry and meats. We know that cranberry sauce goes with turkey. But it also goes with chicken, pork roast or pork chops. Try baking your poultry and meats and then brush with cranberry sauce 5 minutes before they’re done, longer for a more caramelized exterior. You can also use cranberry sauce as a glaze for meatloaf (think turkey meatloaf with cranberry sauce glaze).
4) A great one: Add leftover cranberry sauce to homemade or bottled barbecue sauce. Use it wherever you normally use barbecue sauce to instantly add a autumnal twist to your summer favorites
5) This is my favorite use for leftover cranberry sauce: Use it to make Fall/Winter Cocktails

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