Friday, December 23, 2011

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

At a time when chocolates, cookies and pies are everywhere you turn, it's nice to have a healthy staple at the dinner table that also tastes delicious.  It's also extremely easy to make.

I'm sure when I was really young I liked the good old canned cranberry sauce.  But this fresh cranberry orange relish has been a staple at my family's holiday meals since I can remember.  I always looked forward to it and this year my mom made a batch early in the season, so we've been enjoying it on more than just turkey and ham.

The flavors are really refreshing and the enzymes from the raw cranberries and orange will help to digest all of the heavy and rich foods we so love during the holidays. 

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

2 C raw cranberries
1 sweet organic orange
1/2 honey (adjust to your desired sweetness)

Chop the orange and de-seed it, but use the peel, pith and fruit
Place the cranberries, chopped orange and honey in a food processor
Process until smooth and mixed, stop and scrape down the sides
Process again until well mixed
Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld
Store in the fridge until ready to serve

For some other variations:

This recipe at Simply Recipes adds apple to the mix and uses and old fashioned grinder.  Bee Raw Honey adds Thyme at the end for a more earthy note of this cooked version.  And Robyn Webb at Fabulous Food Finds cooks hers with cinnamon and red pepper- I can't wait to try it!

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