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Cranberry Relish

Please do your turkey a favor and DO NOT use canned cranberry sauce on it.  The jelly texture gives me the heebie-jeebies and does anyone even know what’s in it?


Fresh cranberry relish is the best way to magnify your juicy turkey.  Tart cranberries, sweet applesauce, juicy oranges with a little kick from a jalapeno?!?!  Your turkey will never be complete again without it!  The vibrant colors of this dish are decoration enough… BUT, I have fallen in love with this white pumpkin bowl.   I can’t wait to serve my cranberry relish in it!  There are also matching salt and pepper shakers I love Thanksgiving! 


Cranberry Relish- No Diets Allowed

Cranberry Relish


  • 1 12-oz. package fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 Tbs orange zest
  • 1 navel orange peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro


  • Pulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Pulse next 5 ingredients in food processor 3 to 5 times or until orange, pepper, and cilantro are finely chopped. Stir into cranberries; cover and chill 2 to 24 hours.

I’ve only begun building your Thanksgiving feast!  Don’t forget about these side dishes.


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Apple Sausage Stuffing- No Diets Allowed


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  1. I never would have thought to make my own cranberry relish – what a great idea! Although I must say, I like the jellied cranberry sauce in a can…. that is, until I look at the ingredient list I’m sure!

    1. Thanks, Yvonne! My mom loves the canned cranberry sauce too. Trust me… this is much better tasting AND healthier.

  2. Kami,
    I don’t see ginger at all in the ingredients list, but you mention it in the directions. How much ginger?


    1. I’m so sorry, Kristy! I removed the ginger from the recipe and overlooked the ingredient in the directions. Thank you for asking and SO sorry for the typo. Thanks again!

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