Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish

Holiday Recipes, Sauces, Thanksgiving Recipes | 13 comments

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a little cranberry sauce on the side. I personally prefer cranberry sauce to gravy on Thanksgiving. I love this Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish for a little something extra special.

Cranberry sauce is so simple to prepare at home, taking only about 15 minutes from start to finish, that there is really no reason to use the canned stuff.

You’ll appreciate how much fresher homemade cranberry relish tastes compared with the store-bought canned varieties. In addition to gracing your Thanksgiving table, there are all sorts of fun recipes you can make using any leftover Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish that you have after Thanksgiving.

Stay tuned because in the next week I’ll show you a couple of other recipes that you can use leftover cranberry sauce for.

Do you have to have cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving? Or are you more of a gravy person?

Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 - 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

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3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
12 oz fresh cranberries
1/3 cup Golden raisins
2/3 cup Walnut pieces


Combine orange juice, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the cranberries and golden raisins.

Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 3-5 minutes - or until the cranberries pop. Remove from heat and stir in the walnut pieces. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving with turkey.

Leftovers will last up to 2 days refrigerated in a sealed container.

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  • 1
    Carrie - November 10, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    Cranberry sauce, relish, or chutney… Best part of Thanksgiving if you ask me… Nothing better than tart/sweet ontop of a savory meat!


  • 2
    Kathryn - November 10, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    I love the tang of cranberry sauce with roast turkey and vegetables. It’s just a perfect match!


  • 3
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids - November 10, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    I love the addition of all of the perfect fall spices. Yummy!


  • 4
    Living The Sweet Life - November 10, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    I know this is a thanksgiving post … but I must try this over home made waffles – - *yummm*!! Thanks for the recipe, this is a brilliant idea.


  • 5
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - November 10, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I am absolutely a cranberry sauce over gravy person!


  • 6
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - November 10, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    I love homemade cranberry sauce – the addition of the orange zest and walnuts is just perfect!


  • 7
    Tracy - November 10, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    I like both! And I agree that homemade cranberry sauce is the best!


  • 8
    Casey@Good. Food. Stories. - November 11, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    I’m going to try this out on a non-Thanksgiving day… my mom would kill me if I took the job of making cranberry relish away from her. (oh, tradition!)


  • 9
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - November 15, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Cranberry and orange is such a lovely combination. Love the sound of this relish! I have to admit that the cranberry sauce/relish is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving!


  • 10
    Bea - November 17, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    I do not like Cranberry sauce but cranberries are great in banana cake, apple crisp and this recipe would be great in tarts…maybe with a little custard beneath…or whipped cream on top!


  • 11
    ilovecooking - November 19, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Homemade cranberry sauce is always the best. It’s a great alternative to store bought, and it tastes so fresh. I love cranberry and orange paired together. I’ve never used walnuts or raisins in any cranberry sauce I’ve made before though, that’s interesting. Your picture makes it look soo delicious!


  • 12
    Nicole - December 21, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Awesome!!!!! I made a batch and for tarts and butter. Tarts for hubby’s work and the butter to be served with warm bread when my parents arrive from a long winter drive. Thank you so much. :)


  • 13
    carolyn - September 03, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    I recently made this relish, I added 1/4 cup more of sugar & also a splash of balsamic vinegar. Very good redirection :-)


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