5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish

For the past 7 years of my life I have hated Thanksgiving, sad right? How could I hate a holiday centered around a magnificent feast of turkey, potatoes, gravy, cranberries, warm dinner rolls… a holiday I normally would love had been ruined by my job. Before I became a stay at home mom I worked retail. For 5 years I worked in loud and smelly young adult clothing store as assistant and store managers. My life literally revolved around Black Friday for those years. Especially in the last few years when stores chose to open Thanksgiving evening I had to be at my store ready to open at 4pm on Thanksgiving and I would be up all night managing the chaos that ensued. I worked my butt off at my stores and I managed to recieve a promotion to be a coordinator for store operations at my companies corporate headquarters. This was a big break for me in many ways and one of my favorite benefits of this was more normalized hours. But of course I was a member of store operations still heavily involved with day to day operations in the stores and my job was to be on the frontline of store communication so naturally we had to take shifts on Black Friday in case something majorly went wrong in stores we had to be there to solve and communicate the issues. Fast forward to my son being born a year ago, it magically worked out that my maternity leave was scheduled to end the Monday after Thanksgiving, this Thanksgiving was the most ‘normal’ thanksgiving I had been a part of my whole adult life. Besides the nerves starting about having to hand over my son to a daycare worker Monday morning it was a pretty great day! So now a year later I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving for the first time in a looong time! But you didn’t come here to listen to me rattle on about retail on Black Friday lets talk about super easy and stupidly simple 5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish.

This 5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish has been and always will be a staple at my families Thanksgiving table. Growing up I always enjoyed having this on my Thanksgiving plate because it is the perfect offset to all the other thanksgiving flavors. Now let me warn you this relish isn’t for the faint of heart a.k.a. some kids and picky eaters might not be huge fans because lets face it this dish is mostly made up of raw cranberries, but for me I love the addition of a fresh and colorful side dish!

Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving at your house or asked to bring a side, this option really couldn’t be easier. 5 minutes is all you need plus this is a great make a head option, in my option it is best made the night before to let to rest in the fridge overnight. It is as simple as cleaning and slicing the fruits, pulsing in the food processor, and adding some sugar. Bam you are done, easiest thing you will make all day!

Cranberry Orange Relish

5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish
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5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Total Time:
5 minutes
Yield: about 3 cups
  • 2 cups raw cranberries
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium firm apple
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  1. Ensure all fruit is washed and clean. Slice apple into chunks and remove core. Slice orange into large chunks (leaving peel on).
  2. Add cranberries, apple, and orange to food processor. Pulse the fruits until a relish forms and all the fruit is mixed together.
  3. Add sugar to processor. Pulse a few more times to distribute sugar.
  4. Transfer relish to a bowl. Eat immediately or rest overnight covered in refrigerator.
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5 Minute Cranberry Orange Relish

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The Schmidty Wife

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