Raw Cranberry Relish

Raw Cranberry Relish Recipe

With just the simple addition of a little jalapeño pepper and a splash of Grand Marnier, this familiar Thanksgiving cranberry relish recipe becomes a sassy salsa. Trust me, your turkey will be tapping its drumsticks with delight.–Patrick O’Connell

LC So Much For Semantics Note

We’re not certain whether, technically speaking this recipe is actually a relish or a salsa or a sauce. What matters most to us isn’t so much the semantics of the recipe’s name, but the ridiculous ease with which the recipe comes together. Seriously. We’re talking maybe five minutes effort for a stunning side certain to elicit a chorus of oohs and aahs at your table. Takes a little pressure off the turkey, doesn’t it? So much for semantics.

Raw Cranberry Relish Recipe

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  • Serves 8 to 12


  • 16 ounces cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 small thin-skinned navel orange, unpeeled, washed, halved, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 small jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup granulated sugar, depending on your sweet tooth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (or other orange-flavored liqueur)


  • 1. If using fresh cranberries, spread them on a large plate or rimmed baking sheet and freeze for at least 1 hour. If using frozen cranberries, keep them in the freezer until you need them.
  • 2. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade or a blender, pulse the frozen cranberries, the orange (yes, the peel as well as the segments), and the jalapeño, if using, until evenly and finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add sugar to taste and Grand Marnier, and stir to combine.
  • 3. Cover and refrigerate the relish for at least 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld. (You can refrigerate the relish for up to 5 days.) Taste and adjust the amount of sugar and Grand Marnier accordingly. Serve cold.
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