Cranberry Relish… Not Just for Thanksgiving!

You’re probably thinking that I’ve lost it… “What is she doing posting cranberry relish in February?!”

Well, I’m posting my cranberry relish recipe because it’s a part of one of my favorite #10in10 breakfasts.  You see, when I started the #10in10 challenge a few weeks ago, I still had some cranberry relish hanging out in my fridge from the holidays. To get away from my usual carb-heavy breakfasts, I have been trying to eat more yogurt (I prefer greek yogurt).  I don’t really like plain yogurt, though, so I usually doctor mine up with a bit of this cranberry relish and a drizzle of agave syrup. It’s one of my new favorites, and it’s packed with vitamin C and other good stuff!

I posted a picture of my yogurt and cranberry relish breakfast a few weeks back as a part of my Project 365 pictures on Flickr. I had a few comments and questions about the cranberry relish recipe, so I decided to share it all with you here.  I can’t really take the credit for this recipe. It’s similar to the one that you’ll find on most bags of cranberries.  When I made it over the holidays, I followed this recipe from the last issue of Gourmet.  This time around, I halved the recipe, changed the spices, and added less sugar. It’s a great way to use the cranberries you have stockpiled in your freezer (Ok, maybe that’s just me…).  Best part is, you don’t even have to thaw the cranberries first… Just give them a quick rinse!

Quick Cranberry Relish

  • 12 ounce bag of cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into chunks (I left on the skin – it’s good for you!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chai spice mix (or you could use cinnamon)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or less, to taste)

Combine the cranberries, orange, and apple in a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped.  Add the chai spice mix and sugar to your taste.  Cover and refrigerate overnight prior to serving.

14 Responses to Cranberry Relish… Not Just for Thanksgiving!

  1. I feel the same way about plain yogurt. This is a great way to make it more interesting! Great idea to add the chai spice mix.

  2. Fuji Mama says:

    Mmmmm, I love the idea of putting some of this on yogurt! I’m a huge cranberry relish fan, and this particular recipe looks especially good. THANKS!

  3. I bet it would also be great in oatmeal!! ;)

  4. What a great topping for yogurt or ice cream!

  5. jenn says:

    I gotta have something with my yogurt. It’s usually granola. I like a little crunch. Cranberries are a good things. Who says they have to be only for Thanksgiving? ;-D

  6. Mags says:

    Love the addition of the chai spice! And what a great idea to mix this in with yogurt.

  7. Joanne says:

    And to think I thought it was just ME who went crazy buying 20 or so bags of cranberries around the holidays. And then hoarded them. Lest I find myself in June, in serious need of a cranberry, with none in sight.

    This relish looks delicious! Totally bookmarking it. I bet the chai spices really brightened it up.

  8. I could have this anytime of the year. yum!

  9. megan says:

    I love the addition of the chia spice. I wish I had a stockpile of cranberries.
    I’ve been eating a lot of greek yogurt and just started making it. That stuff is not cheap to buy!

  10. Drama Queen says:

    I love homemade cranberry sauce (relish) and at Thanksgiving time when crans are in season, I make a huge batch and freeze several containers so I can enjoy it whenever I want it. I never thought about putting yogurt on it and now I’m going to try it. I prefer the taste and thicker texture of Greek yogurt.
    Thanks for posting this.

  11. Sophia says:

    I eat Greek yogurt everyday, and usually I just drizzle in a little bit of honey for taste. But this is a much better idea!! What a great way to liven up breakfast. I think I might try this cranberry relish tomorrow. This other relish seems appealing too: http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/kiwi_relish.htm

  12. Joy says:

    Oh my gosh! I did the same thing.. I used up the last Holiday Cranberry relish on my lunchtime yogurts. And then I thought “I should use some of those frozen cranberries I have to make my own… but I don’t want a lot of sugar. I’ll have to look for some recipe guidelines.”
    And here you are! Yay, thanks!

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