Fresh cranberry relish is simple to make and essential to the Thanksgiving table. Its color and zippy flavor add a needed spark to a plate of turkey, stuffing and potatoes. Here is an easy recipe which can be made a day ahead.
1 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tsp orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
Rinse the cranberries in cold water. Then combine the cranberries and the remaining ingredients in a large sauce pan. A large pan is needed because as you cook, the hot berries and sugar will rise up in the pan.
Over medium heat, bring the ingredients to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the cranberries pop and the relish is somewhat thickened, about 7 to 10 minutes. Skim off any white froth and cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Tip: Before serving, give the relish a little bit of a stir.