Cranberries Steal the Show?

Cranberry Sauce. 

Definitely the last place finisher on the usual Thanksgiving Day table, no? 😉

Until now…

I learned this recipe last year at the Thanksgiving Whole Foods Cooking Demo with our favorite chef Jesse. 

And I must say I was a bit skeptical at first…

But now this is going to be the second year in a row that this dish has found itself on our holiday table, so I think you know what that means 🙂

Are you ready for the cranberry sauce to steal the show?  Because friends, that’s what this recipe will do.  Trust me.

Cranberry Apple Relish

A twist of unexpected flavors. 


  • 2 packages dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 granny smith apples, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 container orange juice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1.5 tblp butter

About 4 hours before you are ready to make this recipe, add the dried cranberries to a large bowl and cover with the orange juice.  Let this sit in the fridge so that the cranberries soak up all the juice and start to plump up.

And if your boyfriend shares the same four-year old characteristics that mine does (i.e. drinks any juice that’s in sight), then clearly label any juice that’s being reserved for this recipe.

Just sayin’

Come to find out, the top part of the note was blocked when he went into the fridge the other day and he thought it said “Drink Me”… weirdo 😛

Here comes the twist!  Apples and onions?!?!  You don’t say…

Oh yes.  Yes I do.

Now let’s get cookin’ – saute the chopped onions in butter for about 3-4 minutes. 

Add the chopped apples.  Cover and let cook until the apples are soft, about 7 minutes.

Remove the cranberries from the orange juice using a strainer, but SAVE the orange juice!!!

So plump & juicy 😛

Add the drained cranberries and cinnamon to the apple/onion mixture along with 2-3 cups of the reserved orange juice.

Allow this to simmer over medium, uncovered, until the liquid evaporates and the relish gets thick.  This takes about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

What you have may not be so pretty, but boyyyy is it tasty!

Cranberry and orange are a match made in heaven.  Touched with a bit of cinnamon and they turn into pure bliss! 

The tart apples and the tangy onions just work with these flavors, I don’t know how but I don’t want to question it.

This cranberry apple relish is a great addition to the Thanksgiving Day table.  It tastes great with turkey or just on it’s own!

So go ahead, surprise everyone, make cranberry sauce the star of your next holiday table show 😉

Do you have a specialty dish that you love to make for Thanksgiving???


4 responses to “Cranberries Steal the Show?

  1. Cranberry is my FAVORITE Thanksgiving dish! Yours looks fantastic (way to go WFs!!!). We actually make ours raw. We grind it up in an old school grinder with apples, oranges & walnuts…then just add sugar! So good. Can’t wait to eat it tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving (almost)!

  2. Wow that sounds delish. I am not a big cranberry sauce fan but this sounds amazing. Erica yours sounds really great too.

    I will be making my Sweet Potatoes topped with Pecans and made with Chobani Plain yogurt. No marshmallow on my Sweet Potatoes – don’t like them. And I will be making my signature Spinach Artichoke Dip also made with Chobani Plain yogurt.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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