A Thanksgiving Cranberry Recipe

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I’m at home today preparing for Thanksgiving – it’s the one holiday that we always host at our place, and tomorrow we have a record-setting 25 people for dinner!

For the last twenty-five-or-so years I’ve made this cranberry bourbon relish, which has become somewhat of a cult favorite among family and friends – if you care to try it, here’s how:

Bourbon Cranberry Relish

Combine 1 cup bourbon, 1/4 cup minced shallots, and grated zest of one orange in a non-reactive saucepan. Bring to a boil over moderate heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until bourbon is reduced to a glaze, about ten minutes.

Add one package of cranberries and one cup of sugar, stirring till sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries open, about ten minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in one teaspoon ground pepper. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.

makes 10-12 servings.

Enjoy, and have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!

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2 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Cranberry Recipe”

  1. This is a delicious recipe. A variation of this (without bourbon) that is good for diabetics or other low sugar diets is:

    1 orange peeled, quartered,
    and seeds removed;
    2 cups fresh cranberries ;
    1 cup diced unpeeled apple ;
    1 can unsweetened crushed pineapple – (8 oz) drained;
    3 tablespoons sugar ;
    Place the orange in a blender or food processor and process until coarsely ground. Spoon into a medium bowl and set aside.

    Repeat with the cranberries. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Cover and chill 8 hours.

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  2. This is a delicious recipe. A variation of this (without bourbon) that is good for diabetics or other low sugar diets is:

    1 orange peeled, quartered,
    and seeds removed;
    2 cups fresh cranberries ;
    1 cup diced unpeeled apple ;
    1 can unsweetened crushed pineapple – (8 oz) drained;
    3 tablespoons sugar ;
    Place the orange in a blender or food processor and process until coarsely ground. Spoon into a medium bowl and set aside.

    Repeat with the cranberries. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Cover and chill 8 hours.

    Like

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